Apple Fails to Block Sales Ban on Apple Watch: Apple has lost its case to keep the Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 from being banned from being sold and imported. The US International Trade Commission (ITC) said no to Apple’s request to delay the ban until an appeal was heard on Wednesday.
Apple Fails to Block Sales Ban on Apple Watch
Apple said on Monday that it would be taking the Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 off store shelves because of a decision from the ITC in October that said the company’s SpO2 monitors violated patents owned by Masimo, a company that makes medical devices. The Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 can no longer be bought in Apple shops after December 24. On December 26, the import ban goes into force. Bloomberg says that Apple is already looking into ways it can get around the ban, such as making changes to its software.
“For the reasons discussed in the Commission Opinion issued concurrently herewith, the Commission has determined to deny Apple’s motion to stay the remedial orders pending appeal and/or in light of a potential government shutdown,” the ITC’s filing reads. Apple didn’t answer right away when The Verge asked for a response.
Only people in the US are affected by the ban. Other stores, like Best Buy, will still be able to sell the watches until they run out. Apple failed in its attempt to stop the ban, but it still has a chance to undo it if President Joe Biden vetoes it. But, as my coworker Victoria Song says, a presidential ban for Apple “would be like lightning striking the same place twice.”