Apple Watch seems to have hit a bottleneck in the Swiss market as a patent is already obtained for the word Apple that appears on the watch. According to the Swiss website the patent was filed by a watch manufacturer, Leonard Timepieces way back in 1985.Apple however is not thwarted as the 30-year old patent is set to expire on December 5, 2015. The Cupertino-based company seems to have kept the issue under wraps even after the Watch was announced in March. Also Read - Apple Watch Series 7 could bring this important feature and a refreshed designAlso Read - watchOS 8 announced: You Apple Watch gets lots of new health features and more
This might come as a breather for the local watchmakers as they are getting armed to compete with the Apple Watch. For one, Tag Heuer has partnered Intel and Google for developing a smartwatch to take on Apple s wearable. Also Read - Apple Watch can soon measure blood pressure, blood glucose and alcohol level: Report
The bottleneck is however temporary, as Mashable points out that the word Apple doesn’t appear anywhere on the watch case. It is only used along with the word Watch, which can actually question the patent and may not have any effect on the Apple Watch launch in Switzerland at all.
Switzerland has always been amongst the first countries when it comes to launching the Apple products. In fact the iPad was first launched in Switzerland along with other major markets. Apple Watch will be first available in US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, France, Hong Kong and Japan starting from April 24. It will be sold in 34 combinations, with prices started at $350 and going all the way up to $20,000.