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Apple gains ground in patent suit against Google’s mobile operating system

U.S. rules that some Android features infringe on Apple’s IP

Apple achieved a partial victory on Monday in its ongoing patent war against Google’s mobile operating system, Android. The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that certain features common in many smartphones are protected under Apple’s patent, and Android phone maker HTC will have to change the phones’ design to accommodate this ruling.

The features decided on were little things we have come to think of as standard: tapping your finger on a number to call it, and scheduling an appointment with another tap of the finger on a date in an email. Despite the convenience these features bring, HTC said in a statement after the ruling that they are just a small part of a user’s experience.

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