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Apple watch models import ban begins in US

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The President’s executive office stated that after careful discussions, Ambassador (Katherine) Tai decided not to reverse the determination, leading to the ITC’s decision becoming final on December 26, 2023. With each new generation of its Apple Watch, Apple has been focusing on enhancing fitness and health features, solidifying its dominance in the smartwatch category. In September, Apple unveiled its Apple Watch Series 9, emphasizing improved performance and the capability to access and log health data.

When the ITC ban was issued, Apple emphasized its dedication to creating products and services with leading health, wellness, and safety features. The company accused Masimo of attempting to prevent millions of US consumers from accessing a potentially life-saving product while making way for their own watch that imitates Apple.

A trial of Masimo’s allegations ended in a mistrial in May when jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision. Last year, Apple filed two patent infringement lawsuits against Masimo, alleging that the company had copied Apple Watch technology.


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