Apple is adjourn sales of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 in US Apple Stores mature to the ITC ban
Apple stopped online sales of the Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Apple Watch Series 9 in the United States on December 21 as part of a recall of pre-order models and banned the import and sale of the Monday models. First, as previously recommended, Apple is suspending sales of the models in its US Apple Stores.
The ban prevents the exordium of new products on the familial call and the sale of Apple hardware, but retailers with existing stocks can continue to sell the models after the deadline, but only to the bound achingly they are in stock.
International Trade Commission (ITC) bylawis part of a patent infringement action caused by the medical technology company Massimo. In 2020, Massimo claimed in a lawsuit that Apple violated patents and stole trade secrets to develop a pulse oximeter for the Apple Watch, following which a lawsuit was filed with the ITC in 2021.
Although the original case ended in a mistrial, the ITC ruled in favor of Massimo in January 2023.
This decision means that the import of Apple Watch models equipped with a pulse oximeter will be banned, although this will not affect other models that do not use this component, such as. B. the Apple eyeB. Apple Watch SE.
The ban is expected to take effect on December 25, but it is possible that the White House will veto it and allow sales to continue. Apple will also have to wait for the White House to decide whether to allow or veto the ban before it can appeal the ITC’s decision.
Apple has an interest in appealing because the import ban could theoretically remain in emplacement absent challenge until the patent in question expires in August 2028.