Samsung: Stanley Kubrick, not Steve Jobs, invented the iPad
Inventor of tablet computer engaged in doing same? Part of Samsung’s defense against Apple includes a clip from Stanley Kubrick’s film showing astronauts using tablet computers.
Cupertino-based Apple inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has tried to stop Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tablet computer, saying the device infringes on Apple patents used in the iPhone.
Part of Samsung’s defense includes a clip from Stanley Kubrick’s film showing astronauts Dave Bowman and Frank Poole eating a meal while looking at tablet computers next to them.
Samsung’s lawyers are saying that the concept of a tablet computer has been around quite some time, and that Apple’s claims to have dreamed it up are not true. Of course, Apple is claiming infringement of specific patents, and it is not clear how the court will respond to the message Samsung claims from the film clip.
Nevertheless, the idea of a tablet-type device has been around for many decades. “Star Trek” fans may remember various yeomen (though mostly yeowomen) handing Captain James T. Kirk devices that looked like digital clipboards which he would “sign” with a stylus.
Read more about this story at Foss Patents, which first noticed Samsung’s inclusion of the film clip.
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