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Apple Watch ban temporarily paused

Author: Jacob Kastrenakes Source: The Verge::
December 27, 2023 at 12:14
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

One day after the Apple Watch import ban went into effect, the US Court of Appeals is instituting a brief pause while it considers a longer pause.

Apple has won a temporary pause of the Apple Watch ban that went into effect on Tuesday. A federal appeals court ordered a halt on the import and sales bans today, after Apple requested that they be paused at least until US Customs can determine if changes it’s making to the Apple Watch would be enough to avoid the patent dispute that led to the ban. Customs is expected to issue its decision on January 12th.

The court’s order means that Apple can resume selling the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 for the moment. Both watches were pulled from its website last week and off of store shelves this week, as the ban went into effect. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it would resume sales.

Apple was banned from selling and importing both watches due to a patent dispute with the medical device maker Masimo. The US International Trade Commission found that Apple had infringed Masimo patents and ordered the US sales ban as a result. While it’s in place, other retailers can continue selling through their existing Apple Watch stock, but Apple is prohibited from selling its own or bringing new watches into the country.

The appeals court is now weighing a longer halt on the import and sales ban. Apple requested that the bans be paused until the appeals court can issue a full ruling on the patent infringement case. That may not be decided for at least a few more weeks.

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