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 director’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” as evidence, according to a media report.
The two companies are “suing each other all over the world” for patent infringement, after Apple accused Samsung of “blatant copying” of its products, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Apple won a temporary injunction against Samsung’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 Samsung’s exhibits was a still image and a YouTube clip taken from Stanley Kubrick’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 “prior art” 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.