Orient seeks Galaxy Watch sales ban on grounds of trademark infringement

Orient seeks Galaxy Watch sales ban on grounds of trademark infringement
Samsung this year decided to rebrand its smartwatch lineup, which was previously sold under the "Gear" name, and fold it under the "Galaxy" moniker. It made a lot of sense, considering the "Galaxy" name is widely associated with Samsung and its smartphones and tablets. The first wearable to come out following the rebranding was the Galaxy Watch – a successor to the Gear S3 and an overall great device.

But this move may now cause some troubles for Samsung, as Japanese watchmaker Orient has filed an application for the suspension of sales of the Galaxy Watch on the grounds of trademark infringement. Orient says that it trademarked the "Galaxy" name for watches in 1984 and claims that Samsung is violating its trademark.

Orient has made a number of Galaxy-branded watches since the 80s, but the main difference between these Galaxy watches and Samsung's latest wearable is that the patent system recognizes the former as jewelry and the latter as an electronic device. It's not clear yet whether this means Samsung is in the clear, but Orient claims that the release of a Galaxy-branded smartwatch is making it difficult for the company to release its own Galaxy-branded wearable device.

According to Korean media, Orient has already filed for an injunction against Samsung, though Samsung Electronics claims that it has not received any information regarding the lawsuit yet, and plans to announce its position after it is revealed

source: Korea IT Times via SamMobile

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