Apple appeals Apple Watch import ban after White House declines to veto

Apple appeals Apple Watch import ban after White House declines to veto

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Apple appealed the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) decision to bar imports of certain Apple Watches on Tuesday, after the Biden administration declined to veto the ban.

The tech giant also filed an emergency motion for an immediate interim stay, arguing it will suffer “irreparable harm” if the ITC’s orders are left in place while the issue is decided because Apple will be barred from importing and selling its “two most popular Apple Watch models.”

Apple pulled the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 from stores just before Christmas in preparation for the ban.

The company urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to “at a minimum” grant a stay long enough for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to decide whether a redesigned version of the two Apple Watches falls outside of the ITC’s orders. The agency is set to make a decision on Jan. 12.

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