Apple Found Guilty of Heartbeat Patent Infringement (Again); consequences unclear

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If you’re fascinated by how good your Apple Watch is at measuring your heart rate, it may be patent infringement.

The International Trade Commission (ITC) upholds its earlier ruling that Apple violated AliveCor’s patents related to heart rate monitoring. The ruling will now be reviewed by President Biden for 60 days. During this time, under the ITC’s Limited Exclusion Order, a cease and desist order, Apple would be required to pay a $2.00 bond for each infringing Apple Watch imported or sold.

“Today’s ITC ruling is a win for innovation and consumer choice,” said Priya Abani, CEO of AliveCor. “The ruling underscores the importance of enforcing intellectual property rights for companies like AliveCor and many others whose innovations are at risk of being suppressed by a Goliath like Apple.” Apple has not yet commented on the ruling.

However, the ITC has suspended enforcement of the order, while AliveCor is appealing a US Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling that invalidated the same three patents in December. It is unclear whether President Biden will agree to the order.

There is another case in which AliveCor is suing Apple for damages in the Northern District of California, which will go to court in 2024.

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