Stanley Kubrick invented the iPad in 1968 -

Samsung is claiming that Apple's insistence that Steve Jobs invented the iPad is overturned by science fiction.

According to a new filing, Samsung has opposed the preliminary injunction Apple filed for in early July. It claims that Stanley Kubrick's 1968 flick "2001: A Space Odyssey" and episodes of the British kids show "The Tomorrow People" both have designs similar to the iPad. The 2001 clip looks like it is running Android.

Exhibit D includes a copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey" where two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers.

The 2001 tablet shows 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 which is word for word what Apple got a patent for in 2004.

The 1970s British TV series "The Tomorrow People" also has a tablet that bears resemblance to the one described in Apple's tablet design patent. While Jobs' Mob might declare itself Homo Superior (Homo-Smug shurely) it has yet to come up with jaunting belts, stun guns or computers which hold an intelligent conversation.

Samsung should be also looking at Episodes of Star Trek where the iPad can also be seen even with the turning display which Jobs claims to have invented. Still it saves having to come up with an original idea.

What Jobs should be doing is going through every episode of Dr Who and patenting everything, and then if he manages to invent anything like it, he is quids in. We advise Jobs to get a patent on a fanboy which is expensive to make, thinks it is the superior being and tries to exterminate anything which disagrees.

We would have thought that some of the tablets that were designed by Microsoft for nearly a decade before Apple released its iPad were equally prior art, but for some reason the Tame Apple Press seems to be plugging the idea that Steve Jobs invented the tablet and before that there was only fiction.