September 1, 2011 Leave a comment
Samsung is challenging Apples patent on the iPad claiming it is an example of “prior art” for the general design of the iPad and says the tablet depicted in the movie “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”.
Science fiction is a common source of products for the future … cast your mind back to farenheight 451 from the 60′s where we were first introduced to the concept of reality TV. A more recent example is the kinetic visual data manipulation scene in Minority Report.
Science Fiction, as opposed to fantasy, as an art form is predicated by imagination and invention and a bold perception of the world we may be living in on some future time and the technologies we might use.
If Samsung is successful with this patent challenge, prepare for a raft of similar claims by competitors across a range of technological innovation.