HTC’s ongoing patent battle against Apple took a hard blow today as an Administrative Law Judge from the ITC issued his initial findings in HTC’s patent dispute filed back in May of 2010. The ITC judge has not found any patent violation by Apple. As with most other initial findings at the ITC, HTC has the opportunity to appeal the decision and make their case before the ITC’s six-member panel makes its final decision on February 17, 2012.

While this initial patent dispute may have an end date in sight, the patent headaches between Apple, HTC and other Android manufacturers are bound to go on for years.  Fortunately for us and other consumers, Google has started throwing its weight around in the ring. There’s no guarantee that Android manufacturers will prevail, but it’s nice to see Google has enough confidence to stand up for its Open Source OS.

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