US upholds Apple Watch sales prohibition due to patent dispute

The United States government has once again ordered Apple to refrain from selling two different versions of smartwatches, and the court battle over a patent disagreement is still ongoing.

Earlier, the tech giant was granted permission to sell its Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches while the procedures were still underway; however, a ruling that had been made by a court of appeals in the United States has subsequently been overturned. Moreover, imports of timepieces are impacted as well.

Apple announced on Thursday that it will release watches that do not include the controversial blood oxygen feature in order to maintain retail availability.

In the ongoing conflict between the company and the medical technology company Masimo, this is the most recent development.

A spin-off involving Masimo The iPhone manufacturer has been accused by Cercacor of stealing technology that it developed to assess oxygen levels in the blood and of poaching key employees as well as taking additional attempts to acquire the technology.

In October, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) issued an order that prohibited certain imports and sales after stating that it had reached the conclusion that Apple had violated some patent rights.

The implementation of this was supposed to take place towards the end of December, but it was put on hold while the appeal was being processed.

Beginning in the year 2020, the feature has been incorporated into the majority of Apple's watch models, including the Series 9 and Ultra 2. However, the SE model does not.

Beginning from 17:00 Eastern Time (ET) and 22:00 GMT on Thursday, the timepieces that are affected cannot be imported.

Joe Kiani, the CEO and founder of Masimo mentioned that even the most formidable and influential organisations must respect the intellectual property rights of American innovators and face repercussions if caught infringing on the patents of others.

According to a statement that was issued by the firm, Apple "strongly disagreed" with the conclusion that was made by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) that it had violated some patent rights.

As per a statement released by the organisation, "Apple is concurrently striving to adhere to the decision while guaranteeing that customers can utilise the Apple Watch with minimal interruption." This statement was formulated in anticipation of the appeals process regarding the prior decision.

Apple has surpassed Samsung to take the top spot in the global smartphone market for the first time in twelve years. This move marks Apple's first time in the top spot.

Apple now holds the lion's share of the market as a direct consequence of this. Since a considerable amount of time ago, Samsung has been at the forefront of the cellular phone industry.

According to information that has been made available to the public by the International Data Corporation, the company was responsible for more than a quarter of the mobile phones that were shipped in the previous year.

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