Kubrick made first iPad, says Samsung
Hollywood filmmaker Stanley Kubrick designed the first ever iPad, and not Apple Inc, says rival company Samsung in a bizarre patent suit that cites the directorâ€™s â€œ2001: A Space Odysseyâ€ as evidence, according to a media report.
The two companies are â€œsuing each other all over the worldâ€ for patent infringement, after Apple accused Samsung of â€œblatant copyingâ€ of its products, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Apple won a temporary injunction against Samsungâ€™s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe.
A patent case against the Galaxy Tab is also running in the US and Samsung has filed its reasons as to why Apple should not be granted an injunction.
One of Samsungâ€™s exhibits was a still image and a YouTube clip taken from Stanley Kubrickâ€™s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The clip shows two astronauts eating while at the same time using what appear to be personal tablet computers, the report said.
Samsung says this was an example of â€œprior artâ€ for the general design of the iPad. It also cited a scene from the 1970s British TV series The Tomorrow People, which appears to depict a tablet computer.