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European 'iWatch' Trademark Holder Plans New Android Smartwatch

Irish firm Probendi is seeking to capitalize on Apple's announcement of the Apple Watch earlier this year by using its existing "iWatch" trademark in Europe to launch its own smartwatch device. Probendi director Daniele Di Salvo confirmed in a recent RTE Radio interview that the company will "absolutely push ahead" with its plans to build a smartwatch device that will compete with the Apple Watch, reports news site Herald.ie.

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Probendi owns an iWatch trademark in Europe and has been using the iWatch name for health and safety communication software. Di Salvo acknowledges the company's existing iWatch software product, but notes that "the name is easily associated with a smartwatch" when discussing the company's future plans.

It is unclear, however, how Di Salvo will be able to extend use of the iWatch name to a smartwatch, as the category protection for the company's trademark is somewhat limited within the computer software classification. Numerous other companies, including Apple, have filed for protection on the "iWatch" name in a variety of classifications and countries, something that may have contributed to Apple's decision to use the "Apple Watch" name for its product.

Speaking to RTE Radio, Di Salvo refused to comment on any potential discussions with Apple about the trademarked name, but did confirm that the company is in talks with Chinese manufacturers about producing a smartwatch device.
"We have been contacted by some very important manufacturers in China about the possibility of manufacturing a smartwatch and selling them with the name iWatch. Discussions are still ongoing. We are good at software but hardware is definitely not our business but we are evaluating this request," Mr Di Salvo said.
Di Salvo's iWatch will feature a square design, a touchscreen, GPS functionality, and an accelerometer. It reportedly will run the Android operating system, with support for fitness, health tracking and other apps. According to Bloomberg, Di Salvo is looking for manufacturers to assemble the device at a cost that is lower than the Apple Watch's $349 entry-level price.

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56 months ago
Apple should trademark "Pro-Bendi" and use the name to market the iPhone 6 in Europe.
Rating: 19 Votes
56 months ago
European 'iWatch' Trademark Holder Plans New Android Smartwatch

If they actually name it iWatch, people are just going to type "iWatch" into google and it'll direct them to Apple's website.



Rating: 12 Votes
56 months ago
Everyone knows that he's just doing it for a big pile of Cash from Apple.

Probendi: the bendable watch for pros.
:rolleyes:
Rating: 10 Votes
56 months ago
I've just trademarked "iReland" so the country can't call itself that anymore.
Rating: 8 Votes
56 months ago

Everyone knows that he's just doing it for a big pile of Cash from Apple.


I say let them do it.

Just be another watch that nobody buys.
Rating: 5 Votes
56 months ago

I've just trademarked "iReland" so the country can't call itself that anymore.


Nice.

All joking aside, I feel that the trademark issues is one of the reasons Apple is moving to the ":apple:Product" nomenclature. They own "Apple" globally, so they don't have to go through these kinds of battles with every single new product they release.
Rating: 5 Votes
56 months ago

Copy your way into free cash. Why not work in a project that benefits humanity?


What do you do?
Rating: 5 Votes
56 months ago
Cheeky Fecker!!
Rating: 4 Votes
56 months ago
I love his comments...

Well, the name makes sense for a watch, but we don't know what we're doing...but we have a name so lets make it!
Rating: 4 Votes
56 months ago
Wow! You know this is gonna be a high quality product with a lot of care put into it, not just slapped together. I can't wait to see this revolutionary product! It's going to automatically be better than the Watch and be cheaper too! /sarcasm
Rating: 3 Votes

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