Apple files for iWatch trademark in Russia, signals it's indeed working on a smartwatch


Apple has filed to register the iWatch trademark in Russia
in a move that is a serious indication that the company is indeed preparing a smartwatch. Russian newspaper Izvestia reported that Apple has applied for two trademarks for a smartwatch under the iWatch name with Rospatent, Russia’s patent agency.

Apple has filed the patent application in two categories - for a computing device and a watch, so obviously we are talking about a smartwatch.

Apple has not officially confirmed the existence of the device, but it has already earlier registered the iWatch trademark (first claimed by Apple in Jamaica on December 3rd, 2012). Earlier reports have pegged the iWatch launch for the end of this year.

It won’t be an easy task for Apple to get the rights for iWatch in Russia as earlier in 2011 a trademark application for iWatch by a different company was rejected for striking similarity in the name with Swiss Swatch-registered name iswatch.

source: Izvestia via TechRadar

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9 Comments

1. red_fox unregistered

Great... now you have to charge you watch as well, no thanks, a regular watch is good for me, charging my smartphone is already a hassle.

3. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

Exactly my thoughts about this or any other smart watch that will come out. Charging a smartphone once or twice a day is already a hassle. What more for people with multiple smart phones and a tablet?

8. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

if it was wireless charge, it wouldn't cause any additional hassle.

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

The watch will have a quarantee to tell the time right for 1 year. After that apple care plus will be needed to ensure timing. Apple lawyers are also preparing for court proceedings against rolex, casio, breitling.......:-)

4. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

.... lol

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lmao...not.

7. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Yeah, I agree with you but, I bet Apple will charge $149 to replace the battery with a "Special" contraption when it dies after a year. Unless, of course, you buy Apple Care then they'll only charge you $148.

6. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

There's no way I'd give up my Guuuucci or Fendi for this; this will be good for Junior High Schoolers but, beyond that, it's hard to imagine grown adults (unless they're REALLY STUPID) saying, "oh, look at my iWatch, how cool aM i ???? Had to misspell Guuuuucci because for some reason it's BANNED on PhoneArena!!! And, iRoniCally, iWatch is not - can you say BACKWARDS (HOLLA').

9. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Playing Devil's Advocate: Technically, it doesn't really mean that they're working on an iWatch; It means they don't want anyone else naming a product iWatch. Heading it off at the pass here means they won't face any hurdles later if they do choose to go that route, as they did in Brazil I believe it was that already had a company with rights to the name "iPhone".

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