Kubrick invented the tablet not Apple say Samsung
In a legal battle that's become about as exciting as watching a broken kettle boil it's nice to see one side taking the initiative. Samsung is hoping this move will win them some serious legal brownie points
Samsung is planning on using the Stanley Kubrick classic 2001: A Space Odyssey as a way of proving that Apple's patent for a 'tablet computer' is completely void citing that Kubrick first thought of the idea around forty years ago.
Known as the 'prior-art' defence the claim can be made that if there is firm evidence that an idea or product has existed before the patent was made it can potentially invalidate that patent. It's a bold move from the Korean company which is still reeling from the blow Apple dealt when it banned the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe over patent infringements.
While the ban was only temporary this is just one aspect of a legal battle that has been knee-deep in accussations. Most recently a dutch tech website claimed that Apple had been tampering with images of Samsung's products to make them look more alike in the legal documents they were submitting.