In what comes as new compelling evidence to suggest that the “iWatch” is coming, Apple has reportedly established a shell corporation in the state of Delaware for the purpose of registering the iWatch trademarks in relative secrecy.

According to Business Insider, Apple has even updated its corporate trademark to cover Class 14, which is a category reserved for jewelry, clocks and, yes, watches. All told, it’s difficult to imagine Apple going to such lengths if an iOS smartwatch wasn’t in the cards for the company.

The United States Trademark and Patent Office’s website describes a Class 14 categorization as anything that alludes to “precious metals and their alloys and goods in precious metals or coated therewith, not included in other classes; jewelry, precious stones; horological and chronometric instruments.”

Beyond the U.S., Apple has already secured trademarks for iWatch in a number of global hot spots, including the U.K., Norway, and Mexico. “This means that Apple wants to have its brand protected in the jewelry business,” BI deduces.

A commanding number of industry analysts now believe that the iWatch will be on the market before the 2014 holiday shopping season begins.

Source: Business Insider

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