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Apple is now banned from selling its latest Apple Watches in the US

2023-12-27 11:19 by


Apple filed an appeal Tuesday in an effort to overturn a ruling banning imports of Apple Watches because the tech giant infringed the patent rights of medical monitoring technology firm Masimo.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued an order that takes effect on Dec. 26 blocking imports and sales of Apple Watches that use blood oxygen-sensing technology covered by patents belonging to Masimo, which has also accused Apple of hiring away its employees.

Apple has used the technology in smart watches dating back to its Series 6 model in 2020, and the ruling blocked the import and sale of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2. The Biden administration opted against vetoing the ruling, effectively allowing the restrictions to remain in place. Apple's appeal asks for the ban to be put on hold at least until U.S. Customs and Border Protection makes its decision on whether redesigned watches violate Masimo's patent. The customs office is expected to make its decision on Jan. 12, Apple said.

Apple had already taken the offending Watch models off its online store, and Apple Store locations opened Tuesday without any of the latest top-of-the-line watches in stock. The cheaper Apple Watch SE, which was not part of the ruling, remains on sale, but the ban affects the Apple Watch Series 6 and later, and all models of Apple Watch Ultra.

"At Apple, we work tirelessly to create products and services that meaningfully impact users' lives. It's what drives our teams - Clinical, Design and Engineering - to dedicate years to developing scientifically validated health, fitness and wellness features for Apple Watch," Apple said in a statement. "We strongly disagree with the USITC decision and resulting exclusion order, and are taking all measures to return Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 to customers in the U.S. as soon as possible."

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