According to Foss Patents, Apple filed a motion for an immediate US ban of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 yesterday. This comes in the wake of Monday’s Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruling that was partially in favor of Apple.
If Apple’s motion succeeds, there will then be a US ban in place against three major Android device makers. Last December, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) banned specific HTC products based on an Apple patent and this past Friday, the ITC banned some Motorola devices based on a Microsoft patent. Seems like litigation is the new weapon of choice in this war of supremacy.
As Apple filed the new motion on Friday, settlement talks won’t likely take place until Monday or Tuesday, with Apple proposing to give Samsung until the end of May to respond. The same court will also hold a hearing on a second, separate motion filed by Apple against Samsung on June 7.
Samsung will most likely redesign it’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 to comply with any ruling in Apple’s favor, like it recently did in Germany. To be honest, this whole back and forth will likely continue for a while, as the Apple and other large companies battle it out for the lucrative tablet market, where iPad currently reigns supreme among strong challengers like the Tab.