A federal appeals court in Washington allowed Apple on Wednesday continue importing Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 models. The court’s ruling came a day after Apple filed an appeal against a decision by the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban imports of both Apple Watch models that are the subject of a patent dispute. However, the court’s decision is temporary, for now until January 10th. Sales on the website and in Apple Stores in the US should resume.
According to Bloomberg, Apple’s Watch sales are generated annually approximately $17 billion annually. In October, the ITC ruled that Apple infringed two patents belonging to the California company Masimo. Both patents related to the blood oxygen sensor that Apple will include in most Watch models starting in 2020. The ITC rejected Apple’s appeal of its decision, sending the case all the way to the White House for presidential review. However, President Biden did not veto the ITC decision, which meant that the ban officially went into effect last week.
In its appeal filed on Tuesday, Apple argued that it would “suffer irreparable harm” if the ban continues. The company is currently investigating the possibility of redesigning blood oxygen sensors in its smartwatch after both ITC and Masimo said a software fix the company was trying to release would not be enough to resolve the patent dispute.