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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 faces US ban

Lawsuits continue as settlement talks take place

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 is looking at a possible injunction in the US at the hands of, guess who, Apple.

As the two technology giants sit down for day two of court-moderated settlement talks in San Francisco, Samsung's tablet is facing yet another ban. Apple filed for a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Friday.

The news comes after HTC's One X and Evo 4G were stopped at US customs because of an Apple patent.

The attack is based on a partially successful appeal with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) which sided with Apple on an iPad design patent. According to Florian Mueller of Foss Patents, the motion is "fairly likely to succeed".

Mueller said that a hearing will take place on 7 June, the same day which the court will hold a hearing for a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus – a motion filed by Apple in February.

"If Apple prevails (which it probably will), it will be required to post a bond. Under the law, a court "may issue a preliminary injunction or a temporary restraining order only if the movant [in this case, Apple] gives security in an amount that the court considers proper to pay the costs and damages sustained by any party [in this case, Samsung] found to have been wrongfully enjoined or restrained". Apple can easily afford this, though Samsung will make every effort to set this amount as high as possible." said Mueller.

If the injunction is granted then Samsung will probably design a workaround model. The firm did this in Germany last year by creating the Galaxy Tab 10.1N.


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