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In the Apple-Masimo Smartwatch Trade Secrets Case, a US Judge Declares Mistrial

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After the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision, an American judge in California declared a mistrial on Monday in Masimo Corp's potentially billion-dollar smartwatch trade secret lawsuit against Apple Inc.

According to U.S. District Judge James Selna, the jury in federal court in Santa Ana was unable to establish whether Cupertino, California-based Apple had abused proprietary knowledge from Masimo about the use of light to assess biomarkers like heart rates and blood oxygen levels.

The trial, which lasted nearly three weeks, ended on April 26 and the jury got to work deliberating.

A federal court order that might compel Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) to alter its App Store payment policies was recently upheld by a U.S. appeals court. Apple said that it may challenge the ruling.

In an antitrust dispute filed by the “Fortnite” creator Epic Games, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a 2021 decision that might compel Apple to let developers to give links and buttons for third-party in-app payment choices and avoid paying sales commissions to the iPhone manufacturer.

At $165.33, Apple shares closed the day marginally higher. The appeals court agreed with the trial court that Apple's App Store policies do not violate antitrust laws and upheld its commissions of up to 30% for in-app purchases. The appeals court also ruled with Apple on nine other issues in the case.


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