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If new filings are any indication, the iWatch may be headed for consumers’ wrists in the near future.

According to 9to5 Mac, Apple has now filed for a trademark on the phrase “iWatch” in Colombia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan and Turkey, adding more fuel to the speculative fire that Cupertino will be entering the wearable computing market in the near future.

Before you break out the “It’s happening” gifs, I’d curb your enthusiasm. This may just be defensive positioning by Apple to fend off any other company taking the iWatch name.

Of course, Tim Cook said “the wrist is interesting,” in a discussion about wearable tech at the D11 conference this year and rumors about a purported iWatch have been swirling for quite some time.

If Apple was planning on releasing an iWatch, they’d certainly want to make sure that the trademark was well protected. I can’t imagine that Cupertino would want a repeat of the iPhone dispute with Cisco.

Previously on GeekWire: Filing explains how Apple smart watch would work — and why it could succeed

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