Apple to challenge US ban on Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches following patent dispute

Apple to challenge US ban on Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches following patent dispute

Apple to challenge US ban on Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches following patent dispute

Apple has announced its intention to appeal a recent US ban on the import and sale of its Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches. This comes a day after the Biden Administration declined emergency action to lift restrictions over an ongoing patent dispute with medical device maker Masimo.

As per reports, Masimo has accused Apple of luring away its employees and using its technology, leading to the ban imposed by the US International Trade Commission (USITC). This prohibition prompted Apple to proactively remove the affected watches from its US site and domestic stores, with sales in other regions remaining unaffected.

Despite Apple’s request for a stay on the ban, the US Trade Representative’s office, led by Ambassador Katherine Tai, decided not to reverse the USITC’s ruling after thorough consultations. Apple seeks a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) decision on its redesigned watches, excluding the disputed technology, by January 12.

In October, the USITC determined that Apple infringed on two patents held by Masimo Corporation and Cercacor Laboratories, Inc. Apple, based in California, was accused of poaching staff and stealing technology related to blood oxygen level measurement. The ban does not impact previously sold watches or the lower-cost SE model.

Apple has taken additional steps by filing an emergency request with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to overturn the ban. The tech giant expressed strong disagreement with the USITC decision and is actively working to restore Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches to US customers, emphasizing its commitment to challenging the exclusion order.

Masimo views the White House’s decision as a significant moment, considering it a victory for the integrity of the US patent system. A company spokesperson remarked that American consumers will benefit from an ecosystem that rewards genuine innovation.