Samsung have filed a series of “Wearable Device” patents – detailing smart watch band swapping mechanisms – that show design drawings of the Apple Watch.
Samsung’s history with Apple is a long and bloody one; and more than once one has been accused of copying the other. Now, Samsung might have waded back into that debate by filing a new patent series – depicting a new smart watch band swapping mechanism – that depicts the Apple Watch.
In the patent series, Samsung uses technical drawings of the Apple Watch alongside its own product drawings as examples of how a band could be attached to a smartwatch.
In the patent, the Apple Watch’s lug attachment is clearly shown with named bands such as the Classic Buckle, Modern Buckle, Milanese Loop, and Leather Loop. The patent series describe the drawings as “˜views illustrating diverse shapes, structures, and materials of a first strap portion or a second strap portion in a wearable device‘.
Does this necessarily mean that Samsung have tried to patent the Apple Watch’s design? No. The patent likely refers to Samsung investigating new smart watch band technologies – and, in all likelihood, the possibility that it might be readying a ‘universal’ watch band or even one made explicitly for the Apple Watch.
The fact that the Korean company proceeded to picture the Apple Watch alongside its own Gear-branded products is heavily indicative of its interest in Cupertino’s wearable. The Apple Watch has – in its relatively brief time on the market – been lauded as the wearable device which consumers are most happy with.
In the broader sense, the patent could also reflect an investigation in Samsung into the styling of Apple Watch bands and the various options which are available to consumers. The Korean company have traditionally neglected to offer styled bands in favour of one dedicated strap; something which – as evidenced by the patent – could be about to change.
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