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White House declines to block ban on Apple Watch imports

The White House said on Tuesday it would not block a ban on some Apple Watch products. File Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI
The White House said on Tuesday it would not block a ban on some Apple Watch products. File Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The White House on Tuesday decided not to block a ban on some Apple Watch imports as a ban upheld a health company won a ruling that accused Apple of patent infringement for copying its technology.

The ban took fool effect after Apple began pulling Apple Watch models from its shelves last week.

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"After careful consultations, Ambassador [Katherine] Tai decided not to reverse the ITC's determination and the ITC's decision became final on Dec. 26, 2023," the U.S. Trade Representative's Office said in a statement.

In October, the International Trade Commission agreed with the health technology company Masimo Corp. that some features on the Apple Watch Series 6 smartphone were their tech originally.

Masimo said Apple had hired away some of its key employees and stole trade secrets connected wot its light-based technology for calculating blood-oxygen levels, which also appeared on the Apple Watch smartphone.

The tech company filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission in 2021 over the technology.

Last week, Apple said it would start phasing out sales of Apple Watch models after it failed to win a delay of the ban from the ITC. Apple ended sales of its Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 on Thursday and pulled those items from the shelves of physical retail stores on Saturday.

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