Apple could have problems obtaining iWatch trademark in some countries, including the U.S.
posted by Alan F. / Jul 05, 2013, 12:14 AM
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.
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Perhaps Apple should try something truly revolutionary - call it the Apple Watch. Or, the iPod Timekeeper?
posted on Jul 05, 2013, 1:04 AM 7
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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 Jul 05, 2013, 3:19 AM 0
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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 Jul 05, 2013, 7:57 AM 4
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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 Jul 05, 2013, 11:12 AM 1
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 Jul 05, 2013, 3:52 PM 0
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