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Apple’s iWatch Obstacle: Moniker Already Trademarked US, EU and China

Just as we predicted earlier this month, Apple is having problems registering the iWatch moniker for its upcoming smartwatch in several countries, most notable among them US, UK and China because it is already trademarked by other companies or individuals.  Just the other day, the final confirmation that Apple is working on a smartwatch came as it was revealed that the company had managed to trademark the iWatch moniker in various countries including Taiwan, Japan, Russia and Mexico.

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The iWatch Moniker is not particularly the most creative name for a wrist device out there, especially since the prefix ‘i’ is very popular with anything technological.  Apple, it appears, is going to face a big hurdle in many countries if it has plans to sell the device globally like it does the iPhone, iPad and iPod among other products the company makes.

The first sign of trouble is that in the biggest and most significant markets for the company’s products, US, UK and China, the company will have to negotiate the transfer of the iWatch moniker rights from the current trademark owners to them in order to sell the iWatch in these markets.  The alternative would be to launch the watch, which is already said to be in the early stages of design, in a different name.  According to NY Times, Probendi, an Italian software company, owns the iWatch trademark in the European Union.

Transferring the iWatch moniker to Apple would be a complicated and very expensive process, especially if the trademark owners are established companies.

Smartwatch battery patent

Apple has patented an innovative wearable device battery pack and was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office just yesterday.  This new technology is just one more piece to the smartwatch puzzle which the company is completely mum about.

Apple iWatch Battery

According to the patent description as published by TUAW, the flexible battery pack is ‘for use on electronic devices to overcome one or more drawbacks of a conventional battery pack’.  Several battery cells, which may be made from photovoltaic or galvanic cells, are shaped to include a plurality of laminate layers or may be stacked one on top of another in laminate layers.  What is clear though is that the battery pack is meant for a wearable device – most likely a smartwatch.

Other companies are working on smartwatches with intent to enter the market, which seems very slow as of now.  Sony has already released a smartwatch and is working on another to be released within the month in the UK.  Pebble was among the first to sell the smartwatch and other companies including Samsung, Nike and Fitbit have theirs or are said to be working on them.

Apple’s iWatch smartwatch was initially rumored to come in May 2014 but shortly after word was that release was pushed to later in the year.

Sources: Ubergizmo and Patently Apple via TUAW

 

 

Apple Is Testing 1.5-Inch OLED Display For Rumored iWatch

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New rumors have surfaced that Apple is performing a test on a 1.5-inch OLED screen for a wrist-worn device. This has led to more speculations about the possible features of the Apple iWatch. Apple Insider attributed the latest rumors about the Apple iWatch from a Japanese blog called Macotakara which said that it spotted two reports from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News talking about the testing of the device.

The source has reminded us though that the sources have hit-or-miss reputations when it comes to making unattributed rumors.

The First Report

The first report pointed out from the source claimed that the Cupertino-based company is currently conducting a test on an organic light-emitting diode displays for a watch-like device. Initially, the tests made use of 1.8-inch screens but it later shifted to a 1.5-inch panel when it realized that the former is too big for a watch.

The report added up that the display of the rumored Apple iWatch will be made by RiTdisplay from Taiwan. It said that the screen would make use of one-glass-solution touch sensors.

The source explained that although Apple has showed interest in using OLED displays for its devices, it has never integrated it into its products yet. But the product would clearly benefit a device like the Apple iWatch due to its low power consumption.

The Second Report

The next report suggested that Foxconn, the longtime manufacturing partner of Apple, has signed a contract to produce the iWatch. But the production was said to be limited to not more than a thousand units to test the waters first.

The Demand

A survey conducted by ChangeWave Research which was featured by the source last month found out that 19% of consumers are interested in purchasing a smartwatch from Apple once it goes out in the market. This is a clear indication that the demand for the iWatch is more than the Mac and the iPad.

Source: Apple Insider