The International Trade Commission says Apple didn’t violate HTC Corp.’s patents for technology used in its mobile devices, a setback in the Taiwanese company’s patent fight with the iPhone maker, reports “The Wall Street Journal” (

However, analysts said coming rulings were likely more important in determining whether HTC could face an injunction against certain imports into the U.S. market, the article adds. The ITC issued its “initial determination” on Monday, saying that Apple’s devices didn’t violate four of HTC’s patents relating to power-management methods and phone-number directories used in HTC mobile devices.

In 2011, Apple filed a complaint against HTC, alleging the company had infringed on its patents. In July, the ITC gave an initial determination that ruled in favor of Apple. If the judgement is made final, HTC could be banned from importing phones to the U.S.