Japanese watchmaker Orient wants Galaxy smartwatch sales banned. Samsung changed the name for its smartwatches from ‘Gear’, to ‘Galaxy’, and prompted Orient to seek an injunction against Samsung, saying that it trademarked the “Galaxy” monikers for watches in 1984. Samsung changed the name to bring the watch closer to its smartphones line.
The company filed an injunction with the Seoul Central District Court, saying Samsung violated the trademark and the unfair competition prevention law. Yet, the local patent system identifies Samsung’s smartwatch as an electronic device, whereas Orient’s Galaxy watches are classified as jewellery.
Samsung says it hasn’t received any information about the filing as yet, and that the company will reveal its position on the matter upon receiving all information.