ITC Backs Apple Over Patent Dispute With Taiwan's HTC

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 (Kyodo) — The U.S. International Trade Commission issued a preliminary ruling Monday stating that Apple Inc. has not infringed patents held by Taiwan's electronic manufacturer HTC Corp. In a complaint filed with the commission in May last year, HTC sought a ban on the import to the United States and sale there of iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices, claiming the devices, assembled overseas, violated multiple patents held by HTC.

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 (Kyodo) — The U.S. International Trade Commission issued a preliminary ruling Monday stating that Apple Inc. has not infringed patents held by Taiwan's electronic manufacturer HTC Corp.

In a complaint filed with the commission in May last year, HTC sought a ban on the import to the United States and sale there of iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices, claiming the devices, assembled overseas, violated multiple patents held by HTC.

A final ruling is expected in February, the Reuters news service said.

HTC, a major manufacturer of smartphones carrying Google Inc.'s operating software Android, has been involved in an intensifying patent war with Apple.

Samsung Electronics Co. has also filed patent-related complaints against Cupertino, California-based computer giant.

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