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Apple Watch Sales to Resume, for Now

Yes. The company said on Wednesday that it would restart retail sales of the two new watches at some Apple stores that day, and in more stores by Saturday. Apple confirmed that the two watches were also made available for sale online on Thursday.

The case against Apple before the U.S. International Trade Commission focuses on technology that some Apple watches use to detect a wearer’s pulse rate by measuring the percentage of oxygen in their blood.

The commission ruled in October that some models of Apple watches were infringing on patents held by two medical technology companies in California, Masimo and Cercacor Laboratories. It ordered Apple to stop selling the Apple Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 after Christmas.

The Biden administration had 60 days to decide whether to veto the commission’s ruling. On Tuesday, it said it had chosen not to, making the ruling final.

But on Wednesday, the federal appeals court granted a fresh request from Apple to pause enforcement of the ruling as the appeals process plays out. It gave the commission until Jan. 10 to respond to Apple’s request for a further delay in enforcing the ban.


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