Turns out the same thought occurred to Samsung, which is now seen in its new legal filing in opposition to Apple's product injunction. Samsung argues the basic design of a tablet — "rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat-front surface, a flat-back surface . . . and a thin form factor" — was created long before the iPad, and a similar design can be seen in the 1968 film classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Follow the break to view the clip from 2001: A Space Odyssey used to refute Apple's patent claim.
After watching the film excerpt, do you think Apple has any legal claim to current tablet design?