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Apple could have problems obtaining iWatch trademark in some countries, including the U.S.

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Apple could have problems obtaining iWatch trademark in some countries, including the U.S.
Over the last week, Apple's regional attorneys have been on a Tasmanian Devil-like whirlwind tour of countries, filing trademarks for the iWatch. This is expected to be the name of Apple's rumored smartwatch. So far, it has been smooth sailing for Apple in places like Mexico, Japan and Russia. But when Apple gets around to the U.S.,China and U.K., there might be some difficulties. According to a published report in China, in that country both "iWatch" and "iWatching" have been trademarked.

In the states, a company called OMG Electronics that unsuccessfully tried to raise money to build a smartwatch on crowd-funding site IndieGoGo, owns the "iWatch" trademark. The good news there is that the company will probably be open to selling the trademark for the right price. In the U.K., a company called Probendi has the right to the "iWatch"name. This company owns a monitoring smartphone app that "sends real-time audio, video and location data to the Critical Governance platform." The problem for Apple is that the trademark covers the entire EU.

Apple has already been through the Chinese trademark process when it ended up having to pay $60 million to Chinese company Proview for the right to use the iPad name in the country. In that case, Apple though it had secured the right to the iPad name throughout all of China, but had negotiated a deal with a division of Proview that had the right to the iPad name for Taiwan only. This time around, 9 companies have registered the "iWatch" name in China, but most of them are invalid. A trademark in force for the name "iWatching" might be enough to give Apple trouble.

source: electronista

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posted on 05 Jul 2013, 01:04 7

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5276; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Perhaps Apple should try something truly revolutionary - call it the Apple Watch. Or, the iPod Timekeeper?

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 01:54 6

3. joey_sfb (Posts: 1968; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


They have problem with trademark because they are super predictable.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 02:09 6

4. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


The ipod timekeeper is a great name. +1 sir.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 02:43 8

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


iStrap
iWrist
iRolex
SwissDesign

or conveniently...

iPatent

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 03:19

7. Topcat488 (Posts: 1030; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Apple need only too patent its "iWatch" name in the U.S.A., and it will be synonyms for that type of product in the whole industry. Every wristband watch in the world be it LG, HTC, Foxconn, Samsung, etc... Will be subconsciously known as a iWatch! ;)

In any other country let them call it what they want. It's a iWatch.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 07:04 3

11. PAPINYC (limited) (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Perhaps they should consider iTime as in, "what aWaste of iTime."

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 08:38

13. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Hope they don't sell it to Apple!
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posted on 05 Jul 2013, 01:14

2. alpinejason (Posts: 251; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


Well said.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 02:59 2

6. lyndon420 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Call it the 'NanoS'. The S is for the strap upgrade and the culmination of 100 engineers hard work.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 03:35

8. tedkord (Posts: 3905; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


iChrono

tiMepiece tiMekeeper

Thats all I've got. Not many synonyms for watch.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 04:11

9. almostdone (Posts: 93; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


How about iToy?

We all know the watch will be useless.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 05:40 2

10. Cyberchum (Posts: 200; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


iTime, iWristphone. Apple is running out of iNnovative names lol.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 07:57 4

12. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


How about iSuckAtNamingProducts. Apple, you rode the "i" long and hard. Now let's stop putting the letter "i" in front of everything and give it a name. Either that or iStart patenting everything with an "i" iFront of iT. iTable, iChair, iGlasses, iShower...

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 08:49

14. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5632; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Trying too take/steal a name again apple? Learn too come up with your own name instead.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 09:10 3

15. Notsosuperdave (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 May 2013)


lmao - iStrap-On

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 10:16 1

16. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1618; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


iMBuyingGlass

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 11:12 1

17. TBomb (Posts: 76; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


the problem i see with a smart watch is no one wears watches anymore... and i dont see the watch doing anything a smartphone cant do in my pocket. Any technology put into this watch will be put into a phone... and i doubt the watch is going to replace phones.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 15:52

18. jimjam (Posts: 228; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


Would make a good gps running watch if teamed up with runkeeper or other app. Bundle it with some bluetooth headphones and very amateur runners will love it to run to music..

Would be good it it could take a prepaid sim so you don't have to carry your cellphone with you. You only need a phone for emergencies when running anyway.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 20:46

19. Notsosuperdave (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Now thats an idea. Bluetooth ear piece, smartwatch w/advanced functions,nfc,wifi, and google glasses- sun glasses for summer. And looxic cam attached. Yeah...

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