Sales of Apple Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 will soon be stopped in the US. This comes after the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling surrounding a patent dispute between Apple and Masimo, a medical technology company, which claims that the Apple Watch’s blood oxygen sensor technology infringes several of their patents. The case is now under a 60-day presidential review period that ends on December 25. There are also now reports that the Cupertino-based tech giant is working on a software fix to help affected watches try to measure blood oxygen levels. Potential sales restrictions.
one in statement Over on 9to5Mac, Apple confirmed that the Watch Ultra 2 and Apple Watch Series 9 will no longer be available to order from the company’s US website after 3PM ET on Thursday, December 21, while in-store inventory from Apple retail locations will be cleared 24 Will not be available after December. , The ITC ruling that prompted this decision only prevents Apple from selling the products in question, meaning they must be available for purchase through other channels like Amazon, Best Buy, etc. However, if the ban takes effect after December 25, Apple will also be prevented from selling related models to resellers, leading to a lack of availability.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg report The claim is that Apple has, in anticipation of the ban, begun working on a way to replace the algorithms and software related to blood oxygen monitoring that it currently uses on the Watch Ultra 2 and Watch Series 9 models. The report cites Apple sources familiar with the development and says the company aims to change “how the technology determines oxygen saturation and presents the data to customers.”
In January, an ITC judge ruled that Apple infringed on one of five Masimo patents regarding the use of light sensors to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood. Apple initially disagreed with the decision and requested a full review from the Commission. In October, I.T.C. Issued An order that could prevent Apple from importing affected Apple Watches could result in a ban.
Following the order, a 60-day presidential review period began within which the US President can intervene and veto the ITC ban. So far, President Joe Biden or his office has not taken any action on the matter. The review period is set to end on December 25 and if not reversed by then, the ban on sales of the Apple Watch 9 Series and Watch Ultra 2 is expected to go into effect.
Apple clarified that their announcement was “previewed” before the end of the review period in order to comply with the ITC’s decision. If the ban goes into effect, only the sales of the Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 models will be disrupted as these are the models that are equipped with blood oxygen sensors. Lower-end models like the Apple Watch SE will be unaffected.
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