Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) started registering trademarks for the iWatch name in numerous countries last year. More recently, the tech giant extended trademark protection to include watches and jewelry.

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Apple’s most recent registration

The new international agreement breaks down the trademarks into 45 separate classes. Jewelry and watches are in Class 14. This class is primarily focused on stones and precious metals as well as products made from those material types. Some of these trademarks which feature the Apple name include Class 14 goods. This only adds to the speculation of Apple will soon release the highly anticipated iWatch.

The translation for the patent that was published in Ecuador reads, “jewelry; watches; watches; goods in precious metals or coated therewith; cufflinks or cufflinks; keychains; timers; brooches in precious metals or coated therewith; ornaments in precious metals or coated therewith; tie pins in precious metals or coated therewith; tie clips or tie clips of precious metal or coated therewith; badges of precious metal or coated therewith; bracelets of precious metal or coated therewith; Necklaces in precious metals or coated therewith; medals in precious metals or coated therewith; short chains and ornaments in precious metals or coated therewith; buttons in precious metals or coated therewith; clip in precious metals or coated therewith; boxes of precious metal or coated therewith; decorations in precious metals or coated therewith; jewelry; sculptures and precious metals products.”

Similar applications have been filed

Previous applications show identical filings in Mexico earlier this year. There were additional filings which were part of a bigger filing. Last February, there was a filing in Norway, where Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) applied for more protection on seven separate classes. In March, Apple filed to protect over 12 classes.

Apple still has yet to file an expansion to cover Class 14 in the United States.

via: MacRumors