I have been using Apple products for a long time. I have witnessed how Apple has revolutionized the technology industry with its innovative and elegant devices. One of the most impressive products that Apple has ever created is the Apple Watch, especially the Series 9 and Ultra 2 models that feature blood oxygen sensor technology.
However, these amazing devices are now under threat of being banned in the US, thanks to a patent dispute between Apple and Masimo, a medical device company that claims Apple infringed on its patents. The International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of Masimo in October and ordered a ban on the import and sale of the affected Apple Watch models in the US. Apple appealed the decision, but the ITC denied its request to delay the ban until the appeal is resolved.
The Biden administration should veto this ban because it is unfair and harmful to Apple and its customers. Here are some reasons why:
The ban hurts Apple’s business and innovation.
Many people love and buy the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2. They are some of Apple’s most famous and well-known goods ever. Counterpoint Research says that Apple sold more than 36 million Apple Watches in 2023, which is 40% of the world’s smartwatch market. 60% of all Apple Watch sales came from the Series 9 and Ultra 2 models alone. They were the most popular smartwatches in the US.
Apple makes a lot of money from the Apple Watch, and it’s also an important part of its community and services. The Apple Watch works perfectly with the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other Apple products, making using them easy and smooth. Apple Music, Apple Pay, Apple Fitness+, and other Apple services can be used with the Apple Watch. This brings in regular income for Apple and makes customers more faithful. The ban would hurt Apple’s business and new ideas a lot because it would take away a big way for the company to make money and grow. It would also make it harder for Apple to compete and come up with new ideas in the wearables market, where it would lose ground to companies like Fitbit, Huawei, and Samsung. Apple would also be less likely to spend money on researching and developing new technologies and features for the Apple Watch because of the ban. The company would be afraid of more patent lawsuits and claims of infringement.
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The ban hurts Apple’s customers and their health.
The Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 are both smartwatches and health trackers. A lot of people use them to keep track of their health and exercise and get healthier. One of the best and most life-saving features of the Apple Watch is the blood oxygen monitor. It can find low oxygen levels in the blood, which can be a sign of major health problems like COVID-19, asthma, heart failure, and more.
Because of my Apple Watch, I was able to get medical help quickly and get better from the bug. Millions of Apple Watch users would not be able to use the blood oxygen sensor or other health features because of the ban. These include the heart rate monitor, the electrocardiogram, the fall recognition, and more. The ban would also hurt Apple’s efforts to encourage its customers to be healthy and happy because it would make its health-related services, like Apple Fitness+, Apple Health, and Apple Research, less available and less useful.
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The ban is based on flawed and inconsistent reasoning.
The ITC’s decision to ban the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 is based on a narrow and out-of-date reading of the law. It also goes against earlier decisions and examples in similar situations. The ITC said that Apple broke two patents that belonged to Masimo. These patents cover ways and tools for using light sensors to measure blood oxygen levels.
However, there is a lot of proof and reasoning that shows Masimo’s patents are not valid or useful and that Apple’s technology is better and different. Apple, for example, has said that Masimo’s patents are not valid because they are obvious and could have been expected based on previous art. This means that they are not new or creative. Apple also said that Masimo’s patents don’t apply to the Apple Watch because they were made for medical devices and not consumer products, and they don’t cover the Smart Watch’s features and functions.
Apple also said that the ITC’s decision doesn’t match up with past decisions and examples in similar cases, like the one involving Fitbit and Philips. The ITC said that Fitbit did not violate Philips’ patents on smart health gadgets, even though their products used similar technology and methods to the Apple Watch. The ITC also said that Philips’ patents were not legal because they were clear and had already been made public. The ITC’s ruling in the Apple-Masimo case seems to ignore or go against these results, which makes people wonder if the ITC is fair and unbiased.
The Biden administration ought to overturn the ban.
The ITC’s decision in the patent case between Apple and Massimo is unfair and bad, and the Biden government should overturn it. The ban would be bad for Apple’s business and new ideas. It would also be bad for Apple users’ health. The ban is also based on bad and contradictory thinking, and it doesn’t show how complicated and real the tech business is.
As it has done in other situations involving national security and the public interest, the Biden administration has the power and duty to step in and reject the ban. The Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2, as well as the blood oxygen sensor technology, are valuable and important for the American people and the American business. The Biden government should understand this. The Biden government should also back Apple’s creativity and leadership in the smart tech market, and it should look out for Apple’s intellectual property rights and interests.
The people should also back Apple and its goods and speak out against the ban. For the sake of their health and well-being, everyone should value the benefits of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2, as well as the blood oxygen monitor technology. Apple and its technology should also be treated fairly and consistently, and the public should not believe Masimo and the ITC’s false and biased claims.
More than a million people have said that the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 have made their lives better. They are the result of Apple’s creativity and vision, so they should be praised and kept safe. It’s unfair and harmful that the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 are banned. The ban should be lifted. It’s very important for Apple and its users’ future.