The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has banned Apple from importing two recent iterations of the Apple Watch. The ban applies to the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra 2. The dispute is over a hardware patent. The ITC determined in October that Apple violated two Masimo health-technology patents with a blood-oxygen sensor in its watches. President Joe Biden’s US Trade Representative Office did not veto the ITC’s ban by the imposed time limit which was Christmas Day. Therefore, the ban has gone into full effect.
US consumers are not able to purchase the two Apple Watch models in stores or online. Apple says it is working on changes to the watch to avoid the hardware patent violation. The multi-billion-dollar company has also appealed to “stay” the decision so US Customs and Border Control can determine if patents were actually violated.
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