Blood oxygen sensors removed from Apple Watches as company looks to avoid ban: reports

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Apple plans to remove blood oxygen sensors from some of its smartwatches to avoid a US ban, several media outlets have reported mentioned.

The move by Apple, which would allow the company to keep its watches on the market, is an obvious way to overcome a patent dispute related to the technology.

Masimo Corp, the health technology company locked in a dispute with Apple over technology patents, said US Customs and Border Protection “has determined that Apple’s redesign falls outside the scope” of the US International Trade Commission’s import ban in approving the motion on Friday. Bloomberg mentioned. Wall Street Journal I also reported the change.

Apple and Masimo Corp did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

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In December, Apple temporarily halted sales of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 New smart watch modelsabout a patent dispute.

At the time, the International Trade Commission said the products infringed Masimo’s patent. Apple appealed the decision and said pausing sales could negatively impact users who rely on the watches’ safety and health features.

“Apple strongly disagrees and is pursuing a range of legal and technical options to ensure Apple Watch is available to customers,” the company said in an emailed statement last month. If the ITC order stands, “Apple will continue to take all measures to return Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 to customers in the United States as soon as possible.”

Bloomberg reported that the temporary stay allowed Apple to return the products late last month.

Why did Apple Watch sales stop?

California-based Masimo accused Apple of using blood oxygen tracking technology that violates its patents. Apple’s blood oxygen feature was first launched with Apple Watch Series 6 in 2020.

Masimo filed a complaint in 2021 with the US International Trade Commission in October I issued orders that would Preventing Apple from importing and selling watches Which uses the property of oxygen in the blood.

“The decision to exclude some foreign-made models from Apple Watch demonstrates that even the most powerful company in the world must abide by the law,” Massimo said in an emailed statement.

Apple also accused Masimo of patent infringement and Two lawsuits were filed against The company last year after Massimo Launched its own smart watch.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Apple Watch changes: The company hopes to avoid the US ban

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