After facing a ban on the import and sale of its latest Apple Watches, tech giant Apple has secured a temporary reprieve through strategic legal maneuvers.
Apple Appeals ITC Ban, Seeks Urgent Halt in Federal Court
In response to the confirmation from the International Trade Commission that the ban would stand, Apple promptly appealed the decision. Simultaneously, an emergency filing was submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, seeking a temporary halt on the enforcement of the ban.
Court Allows Apple to Resume Sales of Blood Oxygen-Monitoring Watches
On Wednesday, the court granted Apple a brief respite, allowing the company to resume the sale of Apple Watch models with blood oxygen monitoring, including the Watch Ultra 2 and the Watch Series 9, directly to consumers. It’s noteworthy that Apple had voluntarily halted sales of both devices the previous week.
Apple Seeks Extended Ban Suspension Amid Ongoing Legal Battle
Despite this momentary victory, the legal battle is far from over. Apple is pushing for an extended suspension of the ban’s enforcement during the appeals process, emphasizing the potential “irreparable harm” the company may face due to the inability to sell its “most popular” smartwatch models.
Apple’s Legal Countdown
The International Trade Commission has until January 10 to respond to the court regarding Apple’s plea for a prolonged pause. Supporting filings are due five days later, adding an element of suspense to the conflict. Additionally, January 12 looms as a crucial date, as the enforcement branch of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s exclusion order will decide whether Apple’s proposed modifications to the affected wearables still violate the blood oxygen sensor patents held by Masimo.
This legal chapter continues to capture attention, leaving the audience in suspense about the fate of the sale of these popular Apple devices.
“The legal situation of Apple reflects the complexity of intellectual property in technology. The pending resolution creates uncertainty about the future of the devices”, as reported by WSJ Subscription Deals.