“Apple has allegedly filed in Russia to register the product name ‘iWatch,’ the same name that has been unofficially used to refer to the company’s rumored wrist-worn accessory,” Sam Oliver reports for AppleInsider.

“It was first claimed by Izvestia.ru this week that Apple has filed for ownership of the ‘iWatch’ name in Russia, specifically under the 9th and 14th classes for the International Classification of Goods and Services,” Oliver reports. “However, AppleInsider was unable to independently verify the alleged registration by Apple through the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, also known as Rospatent.”

Oliver reports, “Apple has filed for ownership of product names before their official announcement in the past, but historically those registrations have been done discreetly overseas under shell corporation names. For example, Apple began obtaining the international rights to the iPad name early as 2006 through a British shell corporation named ‘IP Application Development Limited,’ or ‘IPAD Ltd.’”

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