Samsung Uses 'They Existed In 2001: A Space Odyssey' Defense In iPad Patent Infringement Case, Will Not Be Super Effective

August 24, 2011


Samsung is being sued by Apple for patent infringements related to the iPad, claiming Samsung's Galaxy is near-identical (in form) ripoff. Samsung's defense? You shouldn't have even been granted a patent for the design in the first place because Stanley Kubrick came up with that shit in 1968 for '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Hey, you never know (except this time. This time I know Samsung shouldn't have gone with the first legal team in the phonebook).

"In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers," the lawyer wrote, adding a Web link for watching the film on YouTube. As with the design claimed by Apple's 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."

An Apple spokeswoman didn't directly address the Samsung contentions, but reiterated its arguments behind the litigation.

"It's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad," she said in prepared remarks. "From the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging, this kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect our intellectual property when companies steal our ideas."

Well? Are there any patent lawyers in the audience? Also, let's say I hypothetically recently got arrested for public intoxication. What are my chances of getting off with a 'giant rolling boulder from Raiders of the Lost Ark' defense? "Solid." F*** yeah, that's what I thought too! *calls to fire lawyer*

Samsung Cites Sci-Fi Classic in Attacking Apple Patent [wallstreetjournal]

Thanks to chichi, who can blow into a court room and Erin Brockovich the shit out of everything in sight. *swoon* If love's illegal then lock me up and throw away the key!

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