Bloomberg reports that Apple is seeking a trademark for “iWatch” in Japan.
Japan won’t be the first country where Apple has filed for a trademark for “iWatch”, the company has also filed for a trademark in Russia.
The maker of iPhones is seeking protection for the name which is categorized as being for products including a handheld computer or watch device, according to a June 3 filing with the Japan Patent Office that was made public last week. Takashi Takebayashi, a Tokyo-based spokesman for Apple, didn’t respond to a message left at his office seeking comment on the application.
It is important to note that filing a trademark for a term does not mean Apple will indeed launch the smartwatch, and even if it does, that it will be called the ‘iWatch.’ Before Apple launched the iPad, it was widely speculated that Apple will be calling their tablet – iSlate, as one of Apple’s shell company had trademarked the term ‘iSlate’.
It has been widely speculated that Apple will launch an iOS based iWatch later this year. Last month, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said wearable tech was an area of ‘profound’ interest for the company during an interview at the D11 Conference.