Advertisements for Apple smart watches are displayed as customers take a look at smart watch accessories in the Apple Store in New York, the United States, December 26, 2023.
Eduardo Munoz | Reuters
Apple will be able to sell the latest Apple Watches after an import ban was temporarily stayed by an appeals court on Wednesday, in a major victory for the iPhone maker.
Apple stopped selling its Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches last week in response to an International Trade Commission order in October that found the blood oxygen sensor in the devices violated the intellectual property of Masimo, a technology company. medical technology that sells to hospitals.
“The motion for interim stay is granted to the extent that the remedial orders are temporarily stayed,” the court said Wednesday.
On Monday, the Biden administration refused to suspend the ITC ban. Apple filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Tuesday. The company continues to pursue a longer stay. The ITC must respond by January 10.
This stay means that Apple will be able to sell the latest models of one of its most important products during the busiest time of the year. Apple Watch sales are reported as part of Apple’s wearables business, which brought in $39.8 billion in sales during Apple’s 2023 year, which ended in September.
The pause in sales did not affect the Apple Watch SE, an older model that cannot read blood oxygen levels. The latest Apple Watch models also continued to be available from retailers like Best Buy or Amazon while they had stock.
Masimo shares fell more than 4% in Wednesday trading. Apple shares fell less than 1%.
An Apple representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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