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Apple Getting Ahead of Legal System to Contain Ban Damage

Samsung Electronics Co.’s first U.S. patent victory over Apple Inc may prove fleeting if the iPhone maker rolls out new products before the government’s ban on older devices takes effect.

Apple has several avenues to string out, if not eliminate, damage from an import ban ordered by a U.S. trade panel yesterday on devices including the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 3G. It can appeal to President Barack Obama and an appeals court, and lobby Customs officials charged with enforcing import bans.