Apple Watch Ban: US Landmark Ruling Over Technology Theft


In a groundbreaking decision, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has imposed an Apple watch ban. It impacts smartwatches in the United States, alleging the tech giant’s violation of a patent-related to biomarker technology.

The ruling, which came after a complaint by medical tech company Masimo, has far-reaching implications for Apple’s lucrative smartwatch business.

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The USITC Ruling

The USITC issued a limited exclusion order in October against Apple, responding to a patent infringement complaint lodged by Masimo. The order demanded that Apple “cease-and-desist” from importing and selling its Apple Watches equipped with pulse oximetry functionality, a move that could have significant consequences for the company’s revenue.