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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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.