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Apple Watch sales stymied in Switzerland by 30-year-old patent

IP document prevents Cupertino selling wrist-wear until December

The Apple Watch is expected to go on sale in nine territories from 24 April.
The Apple Watch is expected to go on sale in nine territories from 24 April.

Apple will have to wait until the end of the year to launch its Watch device in Switzerland, because of 30-year-old patent that remains in effect in the country until 5 December, Reuters reported, citing Swiss media reports.

Under the terms of the patent - filed in 1985 by William Longe, owner of watch brand Leonard - Cupertino cannot use the Apple brand to launch the Watch until the expiration date of 5 December.

Apple hopes not only to dominate the smartwatch category with the Watch, but to boost sales of its iPhones, which are required if the Watch is to function fully.

The Apple Watch is expected to go on sale in nine territories from 24 April. According to UAE retailers, the device will be available through the so-called grey market across the Emirates from April 25.