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Apple Wants US Ban On Samsung's iPad 2 Rival

Apple has filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in the US against four Samsung products; the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, the Infuse 4G, the Droid Charge and the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

In the filing, Apple's legal team says "A preliminary injunction is necessary not only to protect Apple's rights, but also to protect the public interest," before adding "Because Apple has demonstrated a likelihood of success on its claims, the public interest would be served by prohibiting Samsung from infringing Apple's patents."

The document was unearthed by FOSS patents last Friday and was filed in the US District Court for the Nortern District of California. It does mention four intellectual property rights, three of which are design patents and the fourth one a utility patent.

The news comes as Samsung dropped its counter suit against Apple in a bid to improve the "efficiency to streamline the legal proceedings"; it also comes hours after Samsung revealed that its Galaxy S2 sold more than three million units in 55 days, its fastest selling smartphone ever and one that could prove to be a tough cookie for Apple's forthcoming iPhone 5.

Apple's move may jeopardise Samsung's success in the US if its gamble works and the motion is granted. Otherwise, it may leave Apple in a weak position, according to the FOSSPatents blog.