Izvestia.ru is reporting this week that Apple has filed for ownership of the “iWatch” name in Russia. This is the same name MacTrast and other publications have used to refer to the company’s much-rumored wristwatch device.
It was first claimed by Izvestia.ru this week that Apple has filed for ownership of the “iWatch” name in Russia, specifically under the 9th and 14th classes for the International Classification of Goods and Services. However, AppleInsider was unable to independently verify the alleged registration by Apple through the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, also known as Rospatent.
While Apple has in the past filed for ownership of product names before any official announcements are made, they have usually been filed discreetly under shell corporation names.
The report from Russia did not indicate any such secrecy was in place for the alleged “iWatch” trademark filing. The report also claims the first registered trademark filing for the moniker was made in Jamaica in December 2012.
Rumors have continued to fly about an alleged “iWatch” smart watch being produced by Apple, but the company hasn’t as yet confirmed any such product.