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ITC Favours Apple over HTC in Initial Hearing

Smartphone maker HTC has found itself at the receiving end of a latest verdict announced by the International Trade Commission (ITC) in its ongoing legal conflict with the iPhone maker Apple Inc.

In the latest hearing, the ITC has declared that Apple is not infringing on HTC’s patents, as claimed by the complainant earlier.

According to experts keeping a close eye on the proceedings in the legal dispute between the two tech giants, the ruling by the ITC could eventually result in certain products by HTC being blocked from being imported into the U.S market.

The Taiwan based smartphone maker gave its response on the verdict by saying that the company was waiting to get its hands on the full copy of the verdict before it finally determines how to proceed on the matter.

"This is only one step of many in these legal proceedings," HTC General Counsel Grace Lei said in a statement, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

"We are confident we have a strong case for the ITC appeals process and are fully prepared to protect our intellectual property," he added.