Apple may be attempting to gain ownership of the “iWatch” name in Russia. According to Izvestia.ru, the company has filed paperwork under the 9th and 14th classes for the International Classification of Goods and Services. However, AppleInsider was unable to verify this through the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, also known as Rospatent.
Assuming that Izvestia.ru is correct, this would be an interesting move on Apple’s part.
The iWatch, of course, is the name for Cupertino’s long-rumored wearable device that may be announced later this year or next. While Apple has been known to file for ownership of names prior to a new product release, they typically do this using a shell company.
For example, Apple began obtaining international rights for the name “iPad” under a corporation named “IP Application Development Limited.”
According to Izvestia.ru, Apple also filed for the iWatch name in Jamaica. That, according to the report, occurred in December.
It should be noted that the iWatch.com domain has seen little activity in recent year. A quick WHOIS search shows that Tucows, Inc., an global Internet services company, first purchased the domain in July 1998. That record expires at the end of July.