Federal court allows Apple Watch sales to resume

Apple is allowed to sell its top Apple Watch models while it appeals a ruling from the federal government.

Two Apple Watch models that were recently prohibited from being sold are allowed to hit store shelves again. 

A federal court temporarily lifted the sales ban, and the watches were available for purchase once again on Thursday. 


The backstory: The International Trade Commission (ITC) had ordered the sales halt in October due to a patent dispute with the medical technology company, Masimo.

  • The ITC ruling had blocked Apple from using specific technologies related to a blood-oxygen measurement system in its Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches.
  • Apple complied with the ITC ruling and stopped online sales of the watches in the US just days before Christmas.

The big picture: A federal court lifted the sales prohibition while it considers an appeal from Apple. 

  • The ongoing patent disputes may lead Apple to explore licensing agreements or acquiring startups specializing in the medical technology field.
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