An International Trade Commission (ITC) judge has issued an initial finding that says Apple has infringed AliveCor’s patented ECG technology — which could lead to a ban on Apple Watch.

49218 96114 000 lead ECGFollowing its December 2020 filing of a lawsuit against Apple over patent infringement, mobile ECG firm AliveCor also took its case to the ITC in April 2021. Now an ITC judge has backed AliveCor, and has recommended that the International Trade Commission undertakes a review of the case.”Today’s ruling is a strong validation of our IP and underscores that patents matter and even an influential company like Apple cannot simply violate them to stifle innovation,” Priya Abani, CEO of AliveCor, said in a statement to AppleInsider. “Since the start, our focus has been on our customers and providing them with strong choices to help monitor their cardiac health, including KardiaBand, the first-ever FDA-cleared ECG device accessory for Apple Watch.”

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