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

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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.

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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.

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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.