The U.S. International Trade Commission handed Apple a small victory when it ruled that HTC infringed on two of the company’s patents. The judgment is a turning point in a dispute between the two companies that began when Apple filed a complaint in March of last year.
The decision will certainly hurt HTC, which has built out various features in its phones surrounding the patented multimedia processing and data detection technologies in question. Other Android phone makers may also have cause for concern, as a now relatively common feature, being able to dial a phone number from an e-mail message, comes under the patent infringement ruling.
The ruling is good news for Apple, which has struggled to fend off competitors in a vicious market. But HTC does not plan on taking the decision lying down. "We are confident we have a strong case for the ITC appeals process and are fully prepared to defend ourselves using all means possible," a spokesperson from the company said.