Samsung Can’t Use Clips of Kubrick’s Space Odyssey Against Apple Patents in Court

Videos Highlighting The Latest Search Trends.
Aug. 3 2012 1:11 PM

Samsung Can’t Use Clips of Kubrick’s Space Odyssey Against Apple Patents in Court

A judge presiding over the ongoing patent battle between Samsung and Apple has upheld a ruling that the former tech company can’t use clips from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey to argue that Apple’s patents are invalid.

The clips in question? You may recall astronaut scientist David Bowman using a tablet like computer in the 1968 film masterpiece that has a striking resemblance to some of today’s tech toys.


Samsung has complained repeatedly about Judge Lucy Koh, who the company says isn’t allowing a complete picture of the issues to be shown to jurors.  The case, in which Apple is seeking a whopping $2.5 billion in damages for certain exterior design characteristics also used by Samsung, could have big implications for future tech company legal battles.

Space Odyssey tablets
A still from the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" that shows tablet-like computers. The movie clip was not allowed to be used by Samsung in the Apple patent case.

But Samsung’s odyssey in search of a fair trial apparently continues. For now at least, the pod bay door to the Kubrick maneuver remains closed.

Video by Jim Festante.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.



The Democrats’ War at Home

How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?

Congress’ Public Shaming of the Secret Service Was Political Grandstanding at Its Best

Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke

A Plentiful, Renewable Resource That America Keeps Overlooking

Animal manure.

Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10


Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.

How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.

Building a Better Workplace

You Deserve a Pre-cation

The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.

Hasbro Is Cracking Down on Scrabble Players Who Turn Its Official Word List Into Popular Apps

Florida State’s New President Is Underqualified and Mistrusted. He Just Might Save the University.

  News & Politics
Sept. 30 2014 2:36 PM This Court Erred The Supreme Court has almost always sided with the wealthy, the privileged, and the powerful, a new book argues.
Sept. 30 2014 7:02 PM At Long Last, eBay Sets PayPal Free
Lexicon Valley
Sept. 30 2014 1:23 PM What Can Linguistics Tell Us About Writing Better? An Interview with Steven Pinker.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 30 2014 3:21 PM Meet Jordan Weissmann Five questions with Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.
Brow Beat
Sept. 30 2014 8:54 PM Bette Davis Talks Gender Roles in a Delightful, Animated Interview From 1963
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:00 PM There’s Going to Be a Live-Action Tetris Movie for Some Reason
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 30 2014 6:44 PM Ebola Was Already Here How the United States contains deadly hemorrhagic fevers.
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.