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No time for Apple Watch in Switzerland

Posted On: Apr. 7, 2015 12:00 AM CST

A 30-year-old trademark may sour Apple Inc.’s plan to sell its smart watches in Switzerland.

According to published reports, the Cupertino, California-based computer giant may have to delay its Apple Watch rollout in Switzerland, after news of the trademark came to light. A company called Leonard Timepieces filed a trademark for watches and watch parts bearing an apple insignia in 1985.

While the 30-year trademark is set to expire on Dec. 5, 2015, Apple plans to launch its newest bauble worldwide on April 24.

Unless the fruit tech giant manages to strike a deal with Leonard Timepieces, those who desire Apple Watch wrist candy in Switzerland may need to travel to nearby Italy or Germany to snag what Apple boasts as its most personal device yet.