Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 Sales Ban Paused by US Appeals Court

The ban on imports of Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 models has today been temporarily paused, meaning that the devices can now go back on sale for a short while longer in the United States.

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Apple filed an emergency request to the United States Court of Appeals following President Biden's decision to decline a veto on the sales ban, allowing it to take effect earlier this week. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today accepted an interim stay while the court reviews Apple's request for a full stay for the length of the appeal, effectively pausing the ban on Apple Watch imports for a brief period.

The International Trade Commission (ITC) now has until January 10 to file its response to Apple's request for a full stay while the appeal plays out. The ITC initiated proceedings against Apple after Masimo accuses Apple of hiring away its employees to steal technology related to blood oxygen monitoring in the Apple Watch.

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Top Rated Comments

CWallace Avatar
25 weeks ago

Can anyone explain why this case was only heard after the ban came into effect?

Surely it would have been better before sales were disrupted?
My guess is Apple could not file an appeal until the President formally declined to strike down the import ban by 25 December. So they had to wait until at least the 26th to file (assuming the Court was open for business on that day).
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
25 weeks ago

How can a US court overrule an ITC decision? If that is possible, any court in any country could do that.
it's a US federal court and the ITC is a US agency ...
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sw1tcher Avatar
25 weeks ago

i'm buying one and not opening, it will be a collector's item..

The ban on imports of Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 models has today been paused, meaning that the devices can go on sale for a short while longer in the United States .
Damn you, US Appeals Court. You ruined Bigkool2inSC's and others' plan to turn Apple Watch into a collector's item. ?
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
trusso Avatar
25 weeks ago

Glad they won the appeal. If this import ban is allowed to stand, then all Android phones should have been pulled from the shelves years ago.
They didn't win any appeal. This is a temporary stay. Totally different.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Motionblurrr Avatar
25 weeks ago
Most people think this is a bad look but this just makes those watches even more desirable. Apple is so OP lol
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
25 weeks ago

Ridiculous process. Pay up, Apple.
the "Ridiculous process" is following the law, whether or not it is "Ridiculous" doesn't matter, period.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)