Looking at sci-fi tech as prior art
Samsung's latest salvo against Apple and its attempts at barring the company from selling its line of Galaxy phones and tablets in the U.S. involved a bold trick last week: saying Apple's iPad design patent should be tossed on the grounds that others have gotten there first.
The proof for that claim? Science fiction, of course.
Samsung cited Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey" wherein two of the astronauts watch video on two separate tablet devices while eating a meal (pictured). In its brief, Samsung says that because those tablets share design similarities with the tablet depicted in a granted Apple design patent, the patent should therefore be tossed from Apple's effort.
That very idea opens up a wealth of other gadgets to scrutiny of "what came first?" Without further ado: a handful of gadgets that could be targeted for trailing their fictional media counterparts.
August 29, 2011 3:59 AM PDT
Photo by: Warner Bros.
| Caption by: Josh Lowensohn
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