The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) says the Apple Watch smartwatch is a violation of AliveCor’s patent for an electrocardiogram. It is reported by 9To5Mac. As a result, the sale of the gadget in the United States may be banned.

Apple’s patent standoff with medical company AliveCor began last year. The medical firm accuses Apple of infringing patents related to the ECG procedure.

After the verdict of the international trade commission, the Apple Watch Series 8 or Apple Watch Ultra may be banned. Both of these models have ECG sensors.

After the Apple Watch just came along, AliveCor created a special strap for the Apple Watch in 2015. ECG sensors were built into it. The company shared the technology with the apple corporation with the hope of further partnership. However, the relationship did not work out and in 2018 Apple presented the Apple Watch Series 4 with its own ECG sensor. It was built right into the watch.

In 2021, AliveCor said the technology was simply stolen from it. The company appealed to ITC to ban the sale of the Apple Watch in the United States. In turn Apple asked to invalidate AliveCor’s patents.

The arbiter in the dispute will be American President Joe Biden. It has to decide within 60 days whether Apple actually infringed AliveCor’s patents.

Recall that next year Apple will be obliged to allow the installation of applications from third-party stores on its gadgets.