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Apple applies for 'iWatch' trademark in Taiwan

2013/07/02 15:08:04

Taipei, July 2 (CNA) Apple Inc. has applied to register "iWatch" as a trademark in Taiwan, according to a document published Monday by the Intellectual Property Office, the latest confirmation of Apple's attempt to launch a wearable computing device.

The document showed that Apple had filed the application in Taiwan on June 3, 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 Taiwan's Intellectual Property Office told CNA that 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 claim Apple is working on a wearable computing device that boasts a flexible touchscreen fitted to a bendable bracelet.

Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the main assembler of Apple's iPhones and iPads, unveiled a smartwatch at a shareholders' meeting on June 26 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 phone calls and Facebook posts.

Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou said his company's wireless communications and medical research groups also plan to add new features, such as fingerprint identification, to the gadget in the future to help record personal health data.

(By Jeffrey Wu)