Apple has lost its bid to delay import and sales restrictions on the Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2. In a filing on Wednesday, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) rejected Apple’s proposal to put the ban on hold while it awaits an appeal.
On Monday, Apple announced its plans to remove the Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 from store shelves in response to the ITC’s October ruling that the company’s SpO2 sensor infringed medical device maker Masimo’s patents. Is. The last date to purchase the Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 from Apple Stores is December 24, while the import ban will officially come into effect on December 26. Apple is already exploring ways to circumvent the ban, including implementing software changes bloomberg,
“For the reasons discussed in the Commission Opinion issued herein, the Commission has decided to deny Apple’s motion to stay the remedial orders pending appeal and/or in light of a potential government shutdown,” the ITC filing reads. Has decided.” Apple did not immediately respond the vergeRequest for comment.
The ban is only in effect in the US, and third-party retailers like Best Buy will still be able to sell pairs of the watches until their supplies are exhausted. Although Apple’s attempt to stop the ban failed, it still has a chance to undo the decision if President Joe Biden vetoes it. However, as my colleague Victoria Song points out, Apple getting a presidential veto would be “like lightning striking the same place twice.”