WASHINGTON (December 26, 2023) — Today, President Biden allowed an import ban on certain Apple Watches to take effect. The ban was imposed by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), which found that Apple had infringed two patents held by Masimo, an American medical device manufacturer.
Frank Cullen, executive director of the Council for Innovation Promotion (C4IP), issued the following statement applauding the decision:
“C4IP commends President Biden for upholding the USITC decision, even in the face of enormous pressure. All too often, large corporations prey on the IP of their innovative rivals. Given a finding of patent infringement, allowing the USITC’s penalty to stand demonstrates a commitment to stopping patent infringement and preserving strong intellectual property rights in the United States.
“To continue leading the world in innovation, the United States must safeguard the intellectual property rights that facilitate the research and development of life-changing discoveries.”
About Council for Innovation Promotion: The Council for Innovation Promotion is a bipartisan coalition dedicated to promoting strong and effective intellectual property rights that drive innovation, boost economic competitiveness, and improve lives everywhere.