Recently, a Russian newspaper by the name of Izvestia published a report that claims Apple has filed for a trademark on the term “iWatch” in Russia. Aligning with previous rumors suggesting that Apple has plans to launch a smart watch as soon as this year, this new intel may point to a release sooner rather than later.
It’s also said that the Russian trademark filing bears a priority registration in Jamaica of December 3rd, 2012. Although it may seem odd to those outside the company, it’s actually quite normal for high-profile players in the tech industry to file in Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, as their records aren’t as easy to access online.
As outlined in the report, Apple applied for legal protection on the term “iWatch” in two different trademark classes: Class 9, which includes computers and peripherals, as well as Class 14, which includes a number of wearables such as watches and jewelry.
Moreover, Izvestia suggests that Apple may face some obstacles when it comes to competition for the iWatch name in other markets around the world, including here in the United States, as multiples companies have received similar trademarks on variations of the term in Class 9 wearable trademarks.
Although it seems almost 100 percent likely that Apple will release some form of post-PC peripheral under the “iWatch” name the company is trying so hard to secure, they could easily dub the device something else entirely. Prior to the iPad’s launch, numerous reports surfaced pertaining to how Apple was seeking to secure rights to various iSlate trademarks and domain names through dummy corporations in an attempt to do so in secrecy, only to chose the official iPad name by launch time. Whatever the case when it comes to Apple’s rumored smart watch, stay tuned for complete coverage on the rumored device.
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