The US ban on importing some models of Apple smartwatches went into effect yesterday after President Joe Biden's administration chose not to exercise the right to veto a ruling on patent violations.
In October, the US International Trade Commission decided to ban the import of certain models of the Apple Watch to the United States due to a patent related to oxygen monitoring technology.
Apple argues that the commission's findings were incorrect and should be withdrawn. However, last week, the company suspended sales of the "Apple Watch Series 9" and "Apple Watch Ultra 2," both of which were released in September.
This stems from a complaint filed with the commission in mid-2021 accusing Apple of violating Masimo, a medical device manufacturer's oxygen saturation function.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Executive Office of the President said, "After careful consideration, Ambassador Katherine Tai has decided not to veto the decision, and the trade commission's decision is final as of December 26, 2023."