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The President of the United States has not stopped a possible import ban on the Apple Watch in the United States

US President Joe Biden has confirmed a decision by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that could potentially lead to a US import ban on Apple Watch smartwatches. Earlier, ITC acknowledged that Apple infringed medical device maker AliveCor’s patent rights on technology related to electrocardiogram removal in wearable devices.

    Image source: Apple

Image source: Apple

A spokesman for AliveCor said he welcomed the panel’s decision to find Apple guilty of patent infringement and the company “applauds” Biden for supporting the ITC ruling.

Back in December, ITC released a final ruling that Apple was indeed illegally using AliveCor’s patented electrocardiogram (ECG) technology. According to the regulator’s recommendations, Apple Watch with ECG capability may be banned from being imported into the United States for sale in the country. Apple itself said it intends to appeal the decision. It is well known that a veto imposed by Biden could rectify the situation. Notably, former US President Obama vetoed a 2013 ban on importing Samsung-powered iPhones and iPads into the country. It’s possible Apple was hoping history would repeat itself, but Biden likely didn’t see the company’s watches as too important to the US economy.

However, the president’s decision in no way means that the Apple Watch will disappear from American retailers from the Series 4 to the Apple Watch Ultra (excluding the Junior SE versions). Apple said that the ITC’s decision isn’t decisive at this point because the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) recently acknowledged that AliveCor’s technology is not “patentable” and AliveCor is still defending its rights to officials in that office must in order to achieve this ban came into force.

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AliveCor isn’t the only company pushing ITC to ban Apple Watch imports to the US. Asimo also filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging infringement of five patents relating to pulse oximetry (measuring heart rate and blood oxygen saturation) technology, and ITC also found in the company’s favour. The regulator must decide whether to impose an import ban from May. When the ban goes into effect, it will affect all Apple Watches with SpO2 sensors, i.e. Series 6 models and newer (excluding the SE Series).

Because Apple’s products are extremely popular, the company has to constantly defend itself against such claims, making it unlikely that any of the bans will ever come into effect. It is more likely that the suing companies expect material compensation in the form of license fees for the use of their technology by the manufacturer.

However, such processes set precedents that could influence other developing technologies. For example, many companies want to add pressure and/or blood glucose monitoring to their watches, and patent disputes can make it difficult to implement new solutions.

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