sfcrazy writes: There are provisions to make an EU Community design invalid. Apple's iPad falls in this category as there are strong evidences of prior art. Muktware has been writing extensively about the existence of prior art which should invalidate Apple's generic patent on the tablet design in Europe. Samsung has now reportedly presented references to Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" in which a crew was using tablet devices which resembles the iPad. The film was released in 1968 and there is no doubt that Apple's took the iPad design from the movie. Samsung has presented another evidence of prior art by referring to a 1970 "The Tomorrow People" where a tablet was used.
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