Patent Wars: Apple Watch 9 and Ultra 2 Cease Sales in the US

White House has decided that there will be no concessions for Apple

by Sededin Dedovic
Patent Wars: Apple Watch 9 and Ultra 2 Cease Sales in the US
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The ban on the sale of Apple Watch smartwatches in the United States is now fully enforced due to allegations of patent theft. The White House decided not to make any concessions to Apple, refusing to lift the ban previously ordered by the International Trade Commission (ITC).

The ITC has ordered Apple to stop selling the Apple Watch 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 in the US market, citing unauthorized use of patents owned by medical technology company Masimo in the devices. As a result, these watches are no longer available for purchase on the Apple website or in physical third-party stores.

The US President's administration had the right to intervene in this case, but the 60-day deadline for such intervention had passed, and the White House decided not to interfere. This decision by the presidential administration means that the ITC ban is now in effect.

Apple announced the appeal

US Trade Representative Catherine Tai said that after careful consideration, the decision was made not to lift the ban. However, Apple is not giving in and strongly disagrees with the White House's position.

In a statement to 9toMac, Apple expressed its disagreement and announced its intention to formally appeal the sales ban. The duration of the ban remains uncertain, but on January 12, US authorities will decide whether redesigned versions of Apple watches, without sensors for measuring oxygen levels (SpO2), can re-enter the market.

We will see what will happen. In the meantime, Apple has the option to negotiate with Masimo to resolve the dispute amicably. Masimo expressed openness to negotiations, stressing that "it takes two to tango". Although Apple has so far shown no willingness to settle, continued institutional resistance could prompt the tech giant to find a solution with Masimo.

As the ban on Apple Watch sales takes effect, the tech giant faces a challenging road over patent disputes. Whether through legal battles or negotiations, the outcome will shape the future of Apple's smartwatches, and set a precedent for intellectual property disputes in the ever-evolving technology.

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