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The Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 are once again available for purchase on Apple’s Online Store, following a recent legal development. After a temporary import ban was imposed on the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 due to a legal dispute over blood oxygen sensing technology, Apple swiftly took action. An emergency request was filed with the US Court of Appeals to pause the ban during the ongoing appeal process.
The Court of Appeals granted an interim stay, allowing Apple to resume sales while the court decided on the full duration of the stay. This means that Apple can continue selling these popular smartwatches with advanced health features.
The International Trade Commission (ITC) has until January 10 to respond to Apple’s request for a stay. Other involved parties have until January 15 to express support or opposition to the import ban. Until the final ruling is made by the appeals court, expected after January 15, Apple can continue selling the watches.
If the appeals court rules in Apple’s favor, the import ban will be lifted for the entire appeals process duration. However, if the ruling goes against Apple, the ban will be reinstated. The appeals process might extend over several months, providing Apple with an opportunity to challenge the ITC’s decision.
The import ban stemmed from an October decision by the International Trade Commission, stating that Apple infringed on blood oxygen sensing technology patented by Masimo. The ban officially took effect on December 26, prompting Apple to halt online sales on December 21 and in-store sales after December 24.
Despite the chance for the Biden administration to veto the import ban, they chose not to, solidifying its enforcement. Apple now faces the challenge of either winning the appeal against Masimo, reaching a settlement, or removing the disputed blood oxygen sensing technology from its watch lineup.
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It’s important to note that the import ban only affected the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 models sold in Apple retail stores and online in the United States. Sales in other countries were unaffected, and these sought-after Apple Watch models remained available at major retailers like Target, Walmart, and Best Buy.