- US regulators said that Apple violated patents with its popular watches.
- The decision means an impending sales ban on the watches, which Apple attempted to delay.
Apple’s attempt to delay a US sales ban on its Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches was rejected by regulators on Wednesday, leaving the chance to reverse the ban up to President Joe Biden.
In October, the US International Trade Commission (ITC), which oversees trade and intellectual property disputes, sided with an earlier ruling by an ITC judge that said Apple violated patents belonging to a medical tech company called Masimo with its blood oxygen tracking functionality in some of its watches.
Apple previously said it disagreed with the ITC’s findings but announced plans on Monday to preemptively pull its Series 9 and Ultra 2 watch lineup from US shelves. Those plans appear to be moving ahead after the ITC denied Apple’s attempt to delay the ban, according to a notice filed by the commission on Wednesday.