Dispute between Masimo and Apple over pulse oximeter patent infringement Apple Watch This will not be resolved peacefully. This was meant by Tim Cook, CEO of the Cupertino company, who said CNBC (by using AppleInsider) that the company will focus on appealing the decision made against it, exclusion of the possibility of concluding a license agreement with a medical technology company.

The Apple leader’s comment was read live on a TV news channel. “There are many reasons to buy a watch, even without a blood oxygen sensor”Cook said this in his message.

Thus, the contractor has ruled out any possibility of changing the legal and commercial strategy regarding the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2. Let us recall that the import and sale of both models is temporarily prohibited in the United States due to the fact that the North American International Trade Commission (ITC) found that Apple violated Masimo’s patents.

At the moment, Apple has managed to bypass the blockade disabling the pulse oximeter function in these two versions of Apple Watch. This allows them to continue selling watches in the US market despite losing one of their most important features.

Apple won’t negotiate with Masimo to resolve Apple Watch conflict

When Apple announced that it would resume sales of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2, but without the blood oxygen sensor, it did not hide its dissatisfaction with the ITC verdict. “Apple’s appeal is ongoing, and we believe that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit should reverse the ITC’s decision. We strongly disagree with this decision and the resulting rulings,” Cupertino said in a statement.

Although Apple has disabled the pulse oximeter on the Apple Watch, Masimo was against this escape route.. The medical technology company claims Apple has infringed patents related to its sensor hardware. Therefore, a software solution should not be considered sufficient.

Despite this, Joe Kiani, the general director of the said company, was ready to negotiate a peaceful solution to this conflict. However, he made it clear that the initiative should belong to Apple. “We haven’t been called yet. It takes two to dance tango,” he said late last December.

Tim Cook’s latest comment shows that Apple does not support this alternative and that it prefers to offer the Apple Watch with limited capabilities rather than sit down to negotiate a licensing agreement with Masimo. What’s unknown is what will happen to future versions of Apple’s smartwatches.

Although Ming-Chi Kuo said some time ago that the 2024 Apple Watch won’t bring great innovations, Apple has big plans for 2025. Apple Watch, which will have a thinner design, a microLED screen and new health features such as a blood pressure monitor. However, it is not yet known how the current pulse oximeter solution will be affected if the blockade is maintained.

Source: Hiper Textual

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