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Blake Brittain (Reuters) – Apple Inc. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: 60 AAPL ) Watches with electrocardiogram (ECG) functions infringe patents belonging to medical device maker AliveCor Inc, the U.S. International Trade Commission said on Thursday. confirm.
ITC says import of infringing watches should be banned, but completes appeal in separate USPTO dispute Previously, it would not enforce the injunction, and earlier this month, a panel ruled that AliveCor’s patents were invalid.
A Biden administration will have a 10-days to decide whether to veto the import ban based on policy considerations. The commission set a $2 bond for each infringing Apple device imported during the presidential review and suspended the bond while an appeal of the USPTO decision is pending.
Presidents have rarely vetoed import bans in the past. After the review period ends, the parties can appeal the injunction to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Apple said in a statement that it “strongly” disagreed with the ITC’s decision but was happy to suspend the import ban.
Priya Abani, CEO of AliveCor, said in a statement that the decision underscores the importance of intellectual property rights to “their innovations potentially being exploited by Goliath.” Such a giant suppresses the importance of a company” Apple. ”
AliveCor accused Apple last year of infringing three patents related to its KardiaBand, an Apple Watch accessory that monitors a user’s heart rate and detects anomalies And perform an EKG to identify heart problems like atrial fibrillation.
AliveCor, headquartered in Mountain View, CA, at
Stop selling this device AliveCor told the ITC last year that Apple copied its technology starting with the Series 4 Apple Watch and drove AliveCor out of the market by making its operating system incompatible with KardiaBand. Apple Watch Series 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 feature ECG technology. Apple launched the latest Series 8 in September.
A group of Democratic congressional representatives asked the ITC in October not to ban imports of Apple Watches, many of which are made in China, even as it ruled in favor of AliveCor, supporting Apple’s argument that it restricts the use of the watch. Heart monitoring technology by tech giants could negatively impact public health.