On Wednesday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a design patent for the Apple Watch, granting permission for all design cues for the wearable device. The patent covers every aspect of the device including the screen, sensors, charging apparatus, digital crown and everything in between. Like any other patent, Apple filed the patent to protect themselves from competitors who may ‘borrow’ the company’s design.
Apple filed for the patent in August 2014, weeks before Apple unveiled the product in September 2014. It took until Wednesday for the USPTO to grant the patent to the iPhone maker. According to the patent, they own the rights to the patent for 14 years.
The patent is important for the company because the wearable space is becoming a fairly large market. With companies such as LG, Pebble, Motorola, Samsung and others coming into the wearable space.