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In one of the surest signs that the so-called "iWatch" is on its way and not just a rumor, Apple recently attempted to extend its corporate trademark to provide coverage for "Class 14" objects, which include jewelry, clocks, and, yes, watches.
MacRumors discovered the trademark change earlier today, and the Cupertino company's decision to extend the Apple brand name to jewelry almost certainly points to the fabled smartwatch. Trademarks are split into 45 different classes, with the specific definition for Class 14 being listed as dealing in "precious metals, goods in precious metals, and, in general, jewelry, clocks and watches."
Fascinatingly, though, Apple has already secured similar coverage in the U.K., Mexico, Norway, and Ecuador, but only now has it attempted to obtain it in its home territory. It's also worth noting that the iWatch would be covered under Class 14 as well as Class 9, which covers computers and associated devices.
AppleInsider notes that the filing shows that Apple's taking little care to hide the registration compared to similar filings in the past, possibly because the rumors are so widespread anyway. Last June, after all, Apple simply filed for ownership of the "iWatch" name. When it sought to register the iPad name in 2006, however, Apple went so far as to call it a British corporation called "IP Application Development Limited," or "IPAD Ltd."
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