Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Samsung strikes back!

The patent war between Apple and Samsung rages on!

Earlier this year Apple successfully blocked all sales of the Galaxy Tab by suing Samsung, claiming that their Tab was a direct copy of their iPad. The block was eventually revoked because Apple had included false documentation, read this. Apple was also discredited by their patent registration certificate because the design specification was a generic description of almost any tablet computer.

Now Samsung, which has stated that the specification of the iPad was too generic, claims that Apple stole the iPad design from he movie "2001: A Space Odyssey". It is a science fiction movie from 1968 and in their accusation Samsung has provided a picture of two engineers eating breakfast with the tablet besides them.

They presented this evidence to a city court and I quote:
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. The clip can be downloaded online at As with the design claimed by the D’889 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.
You can watch the video here.
Additional iPad look-alike here.


  1. i read about it on slashdot. made me chuckle :D
    poor apple

  2. i personally think apple are killing samsung but this is interesting stuff

  3. yet another reason for me to hate Apple and everything about them :)

  4. Oh Apple. What are we gonna do with you?

  5. I like samsung... Good company to work for!