The ban on Apple Watch sales is part of a long-running patent dispute between Apple and medical device company Masimo. The regulator ruled in October that the blood oxygen sensor in the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 infringed two Masimo patents. Therefore, Apple will not be able to import and sell its latest smartwatch models in the United States of America. The issue is now in the hands of Joe Biden. Will the US President provide assistance to Apple?
Apple stores in the United States closed on Christmas Eve with new directives. When the doors open on December 26, The suspension of sales of Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 goes into effect. As such, Apple removed its flagship Watches from its online store last Thursday, and they are now being removed from Apple Stores as well.
Apple Watch sales ban: what happened?
The ban on the sale of the Watch smartwatch comes as part of a long-running patent lawsuit between Apple and medical device company Masimo. The US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in October that the blood oxygen sensor in the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 infringed two of Masimo's patents.
Following the ITC's ruling, the case was sent to the Biden administration for a 60-day presidential review period. During this period, President Biden could veto the resolution, but so far he has chosen not to act. The presidential review period officially ends after December 25 It is still possible that President Biden may choose to intervene and veto the ITC's decision The last hour.
After December 25, Apple will be prohibited from importing or selling Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 in the United States. Apple made the decision to remove the devices from its website on December 21 and from Apple Stores starting today, as part of its efforts to "preemptively" comply with the ITC ruling.
Is Biden "giving help" to Apple?
The President has shown in the past that his job is not to step in and shift the direction of regulatory entities. However, Biden can still do so, despite running out of time for last-minute emergency measures to keep the latest Apple Watch on store shelves.
President Joe Biden has until the end of Christmas Day to overturn an International Trade Commission decision that will prevent Apple from selling the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2, among other newer models, because they infringe patents registered by another company. But it seems unlikely that he will intervene.
Apple has also noticed the way Joe Biden is behaving, and has removed watch models subject to this action by the International Trade Commission. It's worth noting that the Apple Watch SE, which is cheaper, is not part of the decision and will continue to be sold. However, the ban will also affect Series 6 and later (even the latest, mentioned above).
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