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Apple has announced that it will halt sales of its Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 in the United States due to a patent dispute with medical technology company Masimo26. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in October that Apple had infringed on two of Masimo's patents related to the blood oxygen feature in these devices24. The ban is set to go into effect on December 26, unless vetoed3. The dispute began when Masimo filed a lawsuit against Apple in the US District Court and a case with the ITC in June 2021, accusing Apple of 103 instances of patent infringement across five different patents4. However, the ITC found that Apple infringed on only two patents, covering five different instances of patent infringements – each related to the Apple Watch’s pulse oximeter feature4. Apple has stated that it disagrees with the order and is pursuing a range of legal and technical options2. The company is focused on modifying its technology and trying to win favor with regulators5. It is also working on submitting a workaround to the U.S. authorities5. The ITC ban only applies to Apple’s direct sales channels, so third-party retailers like Walmart Inc., Best Buy Co., and Target may still be able to sell the affected models5. The ban is currently under review by a presidential review panel, with the review period slated to end on December 252. The Biden administration is "tracking" the impending US ban of nearly all Apple Watch sales due to the patent dispute, with power to veto the decision resting with the US Trade Representative8. It's important to note that previously sold watches won't be affected by the ban1. Currently, there's no indication that other Apple Watch models, aside from the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2, are affected by the legal situation surrounding the ITC's ruling6.
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