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Apple’s Smartphone Patent Fight With HTC Awaits Trade Rulings

A patent fight between Apple Inc. and HTC Corp. over smartphone technology awaits decisions this week from a U.S. trade agency that may lead to a ban on imports of some HTC devices.

The International Trade Commission commission is scheduled to announce tomorrow whether HTC infringed patents owned by Apple. A decision in Apple’s favor may result in limits on imports of some HTC phones that run on Google Inc.’s Android operating system. On Dec. 16, the commission is scheduled to say whether it will review a judge’s finding that cleared Apple of claims it infringed some HTC patents.