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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has made its first move after a federal appeals court allowed it to seek bans on Samsung products in the time before a decision is reached in the two companies’ patent disputes. On Friday night, Apple filed a motion with the Northern District of California for a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S.

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While a decision on the injunction is not likely to be made before the end of the scheduled settlements talks between the chief executives of the two companies on Monday, it is likely to come soon after.

Apple’s motion is “fairly likely” to succeed, according to Foss Patents’ Florian Mueller. “If and when it does, there will be formal U.S. bans in place against all three of the leading Android device makers,” Mueller wrote. Apple has already managed to halt imports of two Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android-run HTC smartphones at U.S. Customs.

While Apple’s attempts to ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe had succeeded in Germany, Samsung made minor design changes to its tablet and released it as Galaxy Tab 10.1N in what was a quick workaround.

The district court in California is also set to hold a separate hearing on Apple’s second preliminary injunction motion against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus on June 7.

Apple sued Samsung last year for violations of multiple patents and trademarks in Android-based smartphones and tablets. Samsung has countersued.

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