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ITC Rules in Favour of Apple in Android Lawsuit, HTC Still Happy

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has banned the sales of some HTC Android smartphones in the United States by ruling in favour of Apple in one of the patents.

The ITC has said that the Taiwanese smartphone maker has been found infringing on a patent owned by Apple.

The patent covers the manner in which a smartphone deals with a new email address or a phone number. When users click on a new phone, the dialer pad appears; while clicking on an email address opens the email page, a technology whose patent is owned by Apple.

ITC plans to implement the ban on HTC smartphones in the US from April 2012. The company would have to remove the infringing technology from its smartphones before April 19th, 2012 or risk a ban.

Meanwhile, HTC seemed happy about the ITC ruling, which threw out 9 of the 10 patents cited by Apple in its lawsuit against HTC. The company said that it already started working on the solution to the problem.

"We are very pleased with the determination and we respect it. However, the '647 patent is a small UI experience and HTC will completely remove it from all of our phones soon," the company said in a statement to Gizmodo.