Oh Snap! Did Apple Copy Space Odyssey?

It seems like Samsung was just waiting for Apple to claim they copied the iPad with their own version of the tablet.

After accused of being a copycat, they unveiled their secret weapon to combat Apple’s patent claims — Stanley Kubrick.

In Samsung’s opposition papers, they bring to attention the personal computer tablet used in Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey:

Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. As with the design claimed by the D├óΓé¼Γäó889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table’s surface), and a thin form factor.

Snap, snap!

Watch the video for URself (above). What conclusions do U come to?

Aug 26, 2011 6:00am PDT

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