Apple scores temporary legal victory over its smartwatch

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Noha ahmed29 ديسمبر 2023
Apple scores temporary legal victory over its smartwatch

Apple has won a temporary but important victory in the marketing war for its smartwatches. According to a report by Bloomberg on Wednesday (December 27, 2023), the ruling allows Apple to delay enforcement of a ruling in the patent battle that led to the suspension of sales of the watch on the market.

A day after Apple asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to delay a decision to ban exports of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2, an appeals court in Washington has temporarily halted the ban.

The court gave the commission until January 10 to respond to Apple’s request for further comment during its appeal of the ITC’s decision. Apple has been forced to stop selling one of its unique products after the International Trade Commission found the company infringed two patents.

On October 27, the U.S. International Trade Commission decided to ban the import of Apple Watch models into the United States over a patented technology that monitors blood oxygen levels.

Masimo filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission in 2021, stating that the Apple Watch 6, a smartwatch launched in 2020 and the first smartwatch to include the function of measuring oxygen saturation in the blood, plagiarized one of its patented technology inventions , based on light level.

Apple has steadily enhanced its fitness and health features with each generation of its Watch. Photo: Brooks Kraft/Apple Inc/REUTERS

Massimo argued that it owned the invention and that Apple used its employees to acquire the technology. Apple argued the committee’s conclusion was wrong and should be withdrawn, but last week it suspended sales of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2, which were launched in September.

On December 18, an Apple spokesperson said that “out of respect for this decision,” Apple announced that it would suspend sales of these products in the United States. The watches are no longer available in Apple’s online store as of December 21 and at points of sale as of December 24.

The President’s Office said in a statement on Tuesday that Trade Advisor Ambassador Catherine Dai decided not to oppose the measure after careful discussions, and the Trade Commission’s decision became final on December 26, 2023. The U.S. president has the power to veto import bans, but such measures are rarely taken.

“We completely disagree with the Commission’s decision and the ban issued, and we are taking all necessary steps to return Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 to U.S. customers as quickly as possible,” Apple said in a statement on Tuesday.

Apple has steadily enhanced fitness and health features with each generation of its watches, which dominate the smartwatch category.

“Masimo attempted to improperly use the U.S. International Trade Commission to prevent millions of U.S. consumers from obtaining a life-saving product, while leaving ample room for copycat watches,” Apple said in late October when it made the decision. “Apple Watch. “”.

Apple filed two patent infringement lawsuits against Masimo in late 2022, accusing it of copying its watch technology.

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