By Marcus Leach

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that Apple did not infringe any HTC patents, following a complaint by the Taiwanese firm last year.

The smartphone manufacturer claimed Apple had infringed their patents, asking for a ban on imports of several Apple products into the US.

Worse still for HTC was the fall in their share prices following the ruling, down 6%.

The case involved four patents held by HTC related to protecting data, storing contact information and managing the phone's power supply.

"This is only one step of many in these legal proceedings. We are confident we have a strong case for the ITC appeals process and are fully prepared to protect our intellectual property," said Grace Lei, HTC's general counsel.

"We look forward to resolving this case, so we can continue creating the most innovative mobile experiences for consumers."

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