“Apple Inc. won a victory against Google Inc. in a patent case before a U.S. trade agency, which upheld findings by one of the agency’s judges,” Ian Sherr reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“A panel of judges at the International Trade Commission — which has the power to ban imports of products found to infringe a plaintiff’s patents — said Apple had successfully argued that a patent held by Google’s Motorola Mobility division was invalid,” Sherr reports. “The Google patent described sensors that, among other things, disable touch inputs when the product is positioned close to a person. The technology is designed to prevent inadvertent button presses when a phone is held up to a person’s head.”

Sherr reports, “‘We’re disappointed with this outcome and are evaluating our options,’ a Google spokesman said. The ITC’s decision on Monday is the latest win for Apple, which has been locking horns with competitors in courtrooms around the world as they argue over whether their products infringe one another’s patents.”

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