Apple applies for ‘iWatch’ trademark in Taiwan: IPO

Staff writer, with CNA

Wed, Jul 03, 2013 - Page 14

Apple Inc has applied to register “iWatch” as a trademark in Taiwan, according to a document published on Monday by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

Apple filed the application on June 3, the document showed, the same day it made identical filings in Japan and Mexico and two days before it applied to register the term “iWatch” in Russia, according to foreign media reports.

A media liaison officer at the office said it usually takes at least six or seven months for the office to approve a trademark filing.

The filings seem to validate recent reports that Apple is working on a wearable computing device that boasts a flexible touchscreen fitted to a bendable bracelet.

At a shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday last week, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海), the main assembler of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, unveiled a smartwatch that can be connected wirelessly to an iPhone.

Hon Hai executives said the watch, which the company is hoping will help drive revenue growth in the future, can be used to measure the user’s vital signs and check calls and Facebook posts.

Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) said that his company also plans to add features such as fingerprint identification to access health data.