Apple Watch 9 sales to be suspended due to patent disagreement

Apple will be halting sales of its Series 9 smartwatch, TechCrunch has confirmed. The news, shared by 9to5Mac, follows an October ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC), owing to a patent dispute with California-based med tech firm, Masimo. This includes pausing sales of Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 from Apple.com starting December 21, and from Apple retail locations after December 24. Apple strongly disagrees with the order and is pursuing a range of legal and technical options to ensure that Apple Watch is available to customers. Should the order stand, Apple will continue to take all measures to return Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 to customers in the U.S. as soon as possible.

Apple has made the decision to halt sales of its Series 9 smartwatch, following a recent ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC) amidst a patent dispute with Masimo, a California-based medical technology company. The dispute revolves around the blood sensor monitor found in Apple’s latest flagship smart watch.

The halt in sales will take effect this Thursday (December 21) at 3PM on the online Apple Store, with retail locations ceasing sales on December 24, just before the holiday season.

Confirmed by 9to5Mac, this news was also shared by TechCrunch. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, Apple confirmed the decision:

“A Presidential Review Period is currently underway for an order from the U.S. International Trade Commission regarding a technical intellectual property dispute related to the Blood Oxygen feature on Apple Watch devices. While the review period will not end until December 25, Apple is taking preemptive steps to comply if the ruling is upheld. This includes pausing sales of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 on Apple.com starting December 21, as well as in Apple retail locations after December 24. Our team at Apple is dedicated to creating products and services that provide users with cutting-edge health, wellness, and safety features. We strongly disagree with the ITC’s order and are pursuing various legal and technical avenues to ensure that the Apple Watch remains available to our customers. If the order is upheld, we will continue to take all necessary measures to return the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 to customers in the United States as soon as possible.”

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