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Apple Watch Pulse Oximetry Can Be Reactivated Through Software in 2028 or With Successful Appeal

Tuesday March 12, 2024 1:23 pm PDT by
Apple has been selling the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 without the blood oxygen monitoring feature in the U.S. since mid-January, and while we've suspected Apple would be able to reintroduce pulse oximetry in models that lack it through a future software update, new information from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirms that reactivation is indeed a possibility....
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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear VirnetX Patent Case, Saving Apple $503 Million

Tuesday February 20, 2024 2:45 pm PST by
The United States Supreme Court today said that it will not hear the VirnetX vs. Apple patent case, putting an end to a 14-year-long legal battle and ultimately saving Apple $502.8 million. As noted by CNBC, with the Supreme Court not weighing in, a March 2023 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will stand, so Apple will not have to pay the damages that VirnetX won...
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Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 Once Again Available to Purchase From Apple's Online Store

Thursday December 28, 2023 6:58 am PST by
Following a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals staying the Apple Watch import ban, Apple has returned the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra 2 to its online stores in the U.S., and they should also be available in some Apple retail stores. Apple on Tuesday filed an emergency request asking for the import ban to be paused while an appeal is under way. The appeals court...
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Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 Available in Apple Stores Starting Today, Online Sales to Resume Tomorrow

Wednesday December 27, 2023 1:28 pm PST by
Apple Watch Series 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra 2 are back in some of Apple's retail stores in the United States today, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Select stores will have availability today, while all stores will have the Apple Watch models back in stock by December 30. Online sales of the devices are set to resume tomorrow by 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Apple is able to begin selling ...
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Apple Watch Import Ban Now Official, Apple Appeals Decision

Tuesday December 26, 2023 6:18 am PST by
Apple is now officially unable to sell the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 in the United States as the International Trade Commission's import ban has become final. This morning, the Biden administration announced that it would not veto the ban. The Office of the United States Trade Representative said that after "careful consultations" it was opting not to reverse the ITC's...
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ITC Denies Apple's Request for a Stay on Looming Apple Watch Import Ban

Wednesday December 20, 2023 12:03 pm PST by
The U.S. International Trade Commission today denied Apple's motion to stay a looming Apple Watch ban while Apple files for appeal [PDF via The Verge], which means one avenue avoiding a pause in sales has been exhausted. Apple filed the appeal on October 30, aiming to prevent an import ban from going into effect while an appeal was underway, but the ITC said no to the request. The ITC has...
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Masimo CEO on Looming Apple Watch Ban: 'These Guys Have Been Caught With Their Hands in the Cookie Jar'

Tuesday December 19, 2023 11:16 am PST by
Masimo CEO Joe Kiani does not believe that Apple will be able to solve its patent infringement issues with software, reports Bloomberg. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Kiani said that a software solution won't work because Masimo patents cover hardware, not software. "I don't think that could work -- it shouldn't -- because our patents are not about the software," said Kiani. Apple is...

Apple Working on Software Fix to Avoid U.S. Apple Watch Import Ban

Monday December 18, 2023 3:23 pm PST by
Apple engineers are "racing" to change the algorithms used for the blood oxygen sensor in the Apple Watch to avoid having to halt device sales, reports Bloomberg. Apple earlier today said that it will stop selling the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 in the United States starting on December 21 due to an imminent import ban stemming from a patent dispute with medical device company...
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Potential Apple Watch Ban Issued by U.S. Trade Tribunal in Masimo Patent Battle

Friday October 27, 2023 3:32 am PDT by
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Thursday ordered a ban on Apple Watch imports into the country after finding that Apple violated pulse oximetry company Masimo's patents with the devices (via Reuters). The ban is now subject to presidential review, so it does not take effect immediately, and Apple can take the ban to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit after...
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Apple Settles 7-Year Wi-Fi Chip Patent Dispute With Caltech

Thursday October 12, 2023 12:45 pm PDT by
Apple and its Wi-Fi chip supplier Broadcom have reached an agreement with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), putting an end to a years-long legal battle over wireless communication patents, reports Reuters. The terms of the settlement have not been shared, but Caltech will be dropping its lawsuit against Apple and Broadcom with prejudice, preventing Caltech from refiling in...
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Apple's Trade Secret Battle With Masimo Over Pulse Oximetry Technology Ends in Mistrial

Monday May 1, 2023 4:25 pm PDT by
The latest legal dispute between Apple and pulse oximetry company Masimo today ended in a mistrial, reports Bloomberg. The jury overseeing the case was not able to come to a final decision in its deliberations, causing U.S. district judge James Selna to declare a mistrial. Six jurors wanted to decide in favor of Apple, but one juror held strong for Masimo, leading to an impasse. Earlier this ...
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Apple Poached Employees and Used Underhanded Tactics to Steal Trade Secrets, Alleges Masimo

Tuesday April 18, 2023 3:02 pm PDT by
Apple's legal battle with pulse oximetry company Masimo has been taking place over the course of the last two weeks, but we've heard little about it. The judge overseeing the case sealed some parts of the trial, but legal affairs journalist Meghan Cuniff, who has been following the dispute, today shared some details on what the two sides are arguing over in court. For a refresher, Masimo has ...
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Apple Wins Appeals Battle in Ongoing Patent Infringement War With VirnetX, Could Save $502.8 Million

Thursday March 30, 2023 3:11 pm PDT by
Apple has been embroiled in a patent dispute with VirnetX for well over a decade, and the company today won an appeals verdict that could ultimately save it from having to pay VirnetX $502.8 million in patent infringement fees. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday confirmed a ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invalidating a pair of patents that VirnetX...
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Apple Watch Risks US Import Ban After Biden Administration Upholds Patent Ruling

Wednesday February 22, 2023 12:31 am PST by
The Biden administration has declined to overrule a U.S. International Trade Commission decision that the Apple Watch infringes patents from medical device company AliveCor, potentially paving the way for an import ban on Apple's smartwatch depending on how the appeals process pans out. California-based AliveCor said in a statement that it was informed the Biden administration would not...
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Apple Watch Infringed Masimo's Pulse Oximetry Patent, US Judge Rules

Tuesday January 10, 2023 10:57 pm PST by
Apple infringed on one of medical technology company Masimo's pulse oximeter patents when it launched Apple Watch models that use light sensors to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood, an International Trade Commission (ITC) judge ruled on Tuesday. Masimo, which designs pulse oximetry devices, has been embroiled in an ongoing battle with Apple over several health capabilities found in...
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Apple and Ericsson Reach Licensing Agreement to Settle Dispute Over Cellular Patents

Friday December 9, 2022 8:34 am PST by
Ericsson today announced it has reached a patent license agreement with Apple that will settle a long-running dispute between the two companies over patents related to cellular technology. The dispute dates back to early 2015 when the two companies sued each other over dozens of Ericsson patents related to cellular technology used in Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad. The...
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Apple Scores Win in AliveCor Legal Battle With USPTO Invalidating Several Patents

Tuesday December 6, 2022 3:51 pm PST by
The United States Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board today invalidated a trio of AliveCor patents that AliveCor used in a complaint with the International Trade Commission, which is a win for Apple. The patents all related to heart rate monitoring technology used in AliveCor products. AliveCor in April 2021 filed a complaint with the ITC alleging that Apple had...
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Apple Accuses AliveCor of 'Brazen' Patent Infringement in New Countersuit

Friday December 2, 2022 2:18 pm PST by
Apple today filed a patent infringement lawsuit against AliveCor, a company that has developed the ECG "KardiaBand" designed for the Apple Watch, among other ECG-focused products. AliveCor and Apple are already in the midst of a legal battle following an ITC complaint and antitrust lawsuit that AliveCor filed last year According to Apple, AliveCor's product line has not been successful with...
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Apple Settles AirPods Patent Dispute With Koss to Avoid Trial

Monday July 25, 2022 12:28 pm PDT by
Apple has settled an AirPods-related patent infringement lawsuit with audio manufacturer Koss, according to a court filing submitted on Saturday that was highlighted by Reuters. Koss had accused Apple of infringing on its wireless headphone technology patents with AirPods and Beats products. Koss said that AirPods and Beats wireless headphones violated a handful of patents related to...
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Apple's $1.1 Billion Patent Dispute With Caltech Granted New Damages Trial

Friday February 4, 2022 6:27 am PST by
Apple and its supplier Broadcom today convinced a U.S. appeals court to reject a jury verdict that required them to pay $1.1 billion for infringing on Wi-Fi patents that belong to the California Institute of Technology (via Reuters). In 2016, Caltech accused Apple and Broadcom of infringing on its patents related to the Wi-Fi technology used in many Apple devices. Caltech's patents, granted...