Today Florian Mueller, writer for FOSS Patens blog, noticed a rather peculiar argument as part of Samsung's defense in their patent suit with Apple.
Samsung is claiming 2001: A Space Odyssey established iPad like devices as prior art, as part of their defense. The argument is odd, and most definitely not an integral part of Samsungs defense, I hope.
As with the design claimed by the Dí889 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. - Samung's legal team.
I will give Samsung's legal team props for citing one of my favorite movies in their argument, but having reference scores any points with the courts is highly unlikely.
Source: FOSS Patents