US customs clears Apple’s redesigned watch from import ban 

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The import prohibition applies to Apple’s Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches and arises from a patent infringement quarrel with Masimo.
The import prohibition applies to Apple’s Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches and arises from a patent infringement quarrel with Masimo.

The import prohibition applies to Apple’s Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches and arises from a patent infringement quarrel with Masimo.

US Customs Ruling:

US Customs and Border Protection has determined that Apple’s redesigned Apple Watch is not subject to an import ban, as per a court filing on Monday. 

The ban, initially imposed by the US International Trade Commission (ITC), targeted Apple’s Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches amid a patent infringement dispute with medical-monitoring technology company Masimo.

Background of Import Ban:

The ITC had barred the import and sale of Apple Watches with blood-oxygen level reading technology, alleging infringement of two Masimo patents. 

This led Apple to briefly halt sales of its Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches in the US before Christmas. However, Apple resumed sales after obtaining a pause on the ban from a US appeals court.

Redesign and Contestation:

Apple argued that a proposed redesign, which has not been publicly described, would address the alleged patent infringement issues. 

The nature of the redesign, whether involving hardware or software updates, has not been specified. Apple continues to contest the import ruling and the infringement claims.

Ongoing Legal Dispute:

The patent dispute between Apple and Masimo includes accusations of Apple hiring away Masimo’s employees and stealing pulse oximetry technology for use in Apple Watches. 

Apple, in turn, has countersued, characterizing Masimo’s legal actions as a strategic move to pave the way for its own competing smartwatch.

Customs Decision Subject to ITC Review:

While US Customs has cleared Apple’s redesigned watch from the import ban, the ITC may review and potentially overrule this decision. 

The legal battle between the two companies remains ongoing, with both sides vehemently defending their positions.

Conclusion:

The latest development in the legal saga between Apple and Masimo sees US Customs ruling in favor of Apple’s redesigned watch. 

The ongoing dispute underscores the complexities and legal intricacies involved in patent infringement cases, with potential ramifications for the smartwatch market.

Gary Monroe

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