Wall Street Journal Quoted Josh Gerben About Apple Watch Filings

When it came to deciding on a name for Apple’s new wearable watch device, the company attempted to keep the product name quiet by making a trademark filing in Trinidad and Tobago.  Through an international trademark treaty, the filing in Trinidad and Tobago allowed Apple to get a priority date with their US filing.

Josh Gerben was quoted by the Wall Street Journal Law Blog regarding priority dates in the US:

“If your company is the first to file a trademark application, your company is first in line to obtain the trademark registration in the United States,”


Source: Gershman, J.  “Name of Apple’s Smartwatch Wasn’t a Secret…at Least in Trinidad and Tobago”.  Wall Street Journal Law Blog.  September 10 2014.

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