Apple Files for iWatch Trademark in Japan

The swirling rumors about Apple’s so-called smartwatch is starting to take shape as the company applies for an iWatch trademark in Japan.

Bloomberg reports that Apple filed the trademark application on June 3 through the Japan Patent Office. This comes after the company filed for the same iWatch trademark application in Russia.

Despite these developments, it remains difficult to confirm whether Apple is indeed working on an actual smartwatch. For all we know, the company is probably trying to prevent patent and trademark trolling or an attempt to avoid brand confusion. In comparison, Apple only managed to snag the U.S. rights to the iPad trademark on March 2010, just as when the iconic tablet became available for retail.

Meanwhile, recent reports claim that Apple would release the iWatch device by the last quarter of this year. This would make it interested as to which company would release a computing watch device to the general public.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has been wearing a Nike Fuel bracelet as of late, remains coy about the iWatch rumors in the recent interview at the All Things Digital conference. However, he did impart a subtle statement: “There’s nothing that’s gonna convince a kid who has never worn glasses, or a band, or a watch, or whatever, to wear one. Or at least I haven’t seen it. So I think there’s lots of things to solve in this space. But, it’s an area that’s ripe for exploration, it’s ripe for us all getting exciting about.”

Source: Bloomberg, via PC Magazine

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