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Apple Cleared of Infringing Two Google Patents by ITC

Apple Inc. didn’t infringe two patents owned by Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility unit for wireless technologies used throughout the electronics industry, a U.S. trade agency said yesterday in a decision that reduces the likelihood of an import ban on the iPhone.

The U.S. International Trade Commission didn’t completely resolve the companies’ dispute, ordering a trade judge to reconsider Motorola Mobility’s claim that Apple violated another patent. The judge had previously found no violation of that patent, which applies to a sensor used to determine the proximity of a person’s head to the phone so it doesn’t accidentally hang up.