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Apple to Appeal the US Ban on Apple Watch Sales

Thomas Burns

Apple says they will appeal the ban on Apple Watch sales in the US. The ban comes as a result of a patent row that has seen Apple's newest watches halted from sales this week.

It comes after the White House declined the chance to overturn the ban on sales and imports of the Series 9 Ultra 2 Apple watches, which came into effect this week itself.

Masimo, another device-making company, accused Apple of taking both their staff and their technology. This led to the US International Trade Commission taking action to protect Masimo.

Apple has stated that they “strongly disagree with the ruling.”

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) order was issued in October. As part of the order, it was subjected to a 60-day review by President Joe Biden, who has the power to change the decision or veto it. However, this review period ended on Christmas Day.

Katherine Tai, the Ambassador for the Office of United States Trade, said on Tuesday that they had decided not to reverse the decision after “careful consultations.”

Apple had prepared for this decision, as shown by their actions earlier this month when the technology company “pre-emptivley” decided to remove the Series 9 Ultra 2 Apple Watches from all Apple store locations in the country. However, sales of their newest smartwatch outside of the US have not been affected.

Is there still time for Apple?

Apple had asked for a halt until the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can decide whether the new redesigned version of the watches that don’t include the disputed Masimo technology violates Masimo’s patent.

According to Apple, CBP will make their decision by January 12.

Massimo, a medical device company, states that they believe that Apple has stolen a technology that allows the measurement of oxygen in blood.

Apple also says it has filed an emergency request with the US Court of Appeals to lift the ban.

"We strongly disagree with the USITC decision and resulting exclusion order and are taking all measures to return Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 to customers in the US as soon as possible," the tech giant said in a statement on Tuesday.

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