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Apple goes on ‘iWatch’ trademarking spree – launch may be approaching

Updated Oct 30th, 2013 2:56PM EDT

Recent reports suggested Apple’s “iWatch” might not launch until sometime next year, but the company’s recent trademarking spree suggests that its connected watch might still launch sometime later this year. The news emerged on Monday that Apple had filed to trademark iWatch in Japan, marking the second country in which Apple filed to protect the name, which is thought to be tied to its forthcoming iOS smartwatch. 9to5Mac now reports that Apple has filed to trademark iWatch in a number of additional countries including Colombia, Mexico, Taiwan and Turkey. The moves don’t necessarily assure us that a launch is imminent, but Apple is known as a company that goes out of its way in order to avoid tipping its hand too far in advance, so a 2013 launch seems likely at this point.

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.