Does it have 3G?

iCan’t do that

by Matthew on August 24, 2011

The Age is reporting today that Samsung claims Stanley Kubrick, not Apple, invented the iPad.

Apparently a scene in Kubrick’s film adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001 a Space Odyssey, shows people using something very similar to the iPad.

Indeed the article quotes a description of the device from Clarke’s book:

“When he tired of official reports and memoranda and minutes, he would plug in his foolscap-size newspad into the ship’s information circuit and scan the latest reports from Earth. One by one he would conjure up the world’s major electronic papers…Switching to the display unit’s short-term memory, he would hold the front page while he quickly searched the headlines and noted the items that interested him. Each had its own two-digit reference; when he punched that, the postage-stamp-size rectangle would expand until it neatly filled the screen and he could read it with comfort.”

It sure sounds like an iPad, but a description seems a long way from an invention. I wonder if it could possibly hold water as a legal defense in Apple’s patent battle.

The Age reports that Mark Summerfield, a senior associate with Melbourne intellectual property law firm Watermark, believes Samsung may have a case. Fascinating.

If Samsung is able to argue that the iPad is the product of Clarke/Kubrick’s imagination would Apple and Samsung then need to pay royalties on the idea?

If so, I think writing Sci-fi just become a preferred career choice for millions around the globe.

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