Gold-plated Apple Watch gets design patent

New Delhi: Apple's new watch line has triggered a gold rush of sorts for enterprising jewellers with the most expensive versions. Apple announced how much its smartwatches would actually cost.

The solid gold Watch Edition is the 18-Carat yellow or rose gold Apple Watch, which will cost at USD 13,000 in Canada. It also costs over some brand new cars.

Gold-plated Apple Watch

Getting a design patent is an important step in protecting an invention. Apple's newly delivered patent means other companies cannot copy the design of its wearable. The Apple Watch's design is now officially protected by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

The design patent filing provides precious little information but includes several sketches showing the device from all angles, including from the top, side and underneath the face where the sensor and charging apparatus sit.

It doesn't, however, prevent other companies from delivering products that are similar but not identical in design. Competitors include a range of new or updated smartwatches from companies like Sony, Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, LG and Pebble. The Apple Watch's health-tracking capabilities also mean that consumers will be weighing it against fitness bands from the likes of Fitbit and Microsoft.

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