TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC has seen its claim that Apple infringed its patents dismissed by the International Trade Commission (ITC).
The ITC has ruled that Apple did not infringe HTC's patents for carrying out important mobile device tasks like dialing phone numbers.
According to the Wall Street Journal the ITC issued an initial determination yesterday that Apple is not infringing four patents owned by the firm.
HTC told the Wall Street Journal that it would prefer to wait for a copy of the ruling before making any statement about it and its plans going forward. .
"This is only one step of many in these legal proceedings," HTC general counsel Grace Lei said in a statement. "We are confident we have a strong case for the ITC appeals process and are fully prepared to protect our intellectual property."
Apple is doing rather well in its world tour of patent battles and as well as this early victory against HTC it has a number of early wins against Samsung hanging in its trophy cabinet. µ