Recently, with technology advancement, there has been a rise of smart watches.

A smartwatch or smart bracelet is a revolutionary wristwatch, offering vastly improved functions than a regular wristwatch.

These devices can include features such as an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, heart rate monitor, barometer, altimeter, geo-magnetometer, geolocator (GPS), speaker, microphone, etc. They also have connectivity mechanisms such as Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, cellular networks, or USB.

Another fantastic thing that you have to understand about modern smartwatches is that they come with an array of new features, allowing you to search the internet with your voice, track your exercise on GPS, and allowing you to check out in the supermarket without having to take out your wallet.

Characteristics of smart watches

The first models of smart watches were capable of performing basic functions such as calculations, translations, or running mini-games, but current smart watches are already capable of performing enhanced functions, such as those of a smartphone or even a laptop.

Many smart watches can run mobile applications, some others run on a smartphone operating system to control them, and a few already have the technical capabilities of a mobile phone.

These devices can include features such as an accelerometer, thermometer, altimeter, barometer, compass, chronograph, diving equipment, calculator, mobile phone, GPS, graphic display, speaker, diary, watch, etc. You can use a cordless headset, hands-free, microphone, modem, or other external devices.

History of smart watches

Seiko, a Japanese watch company, was one of the first to develop pulse computing technology. The first digital watch, released in 1972, is known as the Pulsar, and the Hamilton Watch Company made it. Pulsar became a brand name that Seiko would later acquire in 1978.

In 1982, a Pulsar watch (NL C01) was published. It could store 24 characters. With the introduction of personal computers in the 1980s, Seiko began to establish watches with computing power.

The company designed other watches that came with an external keyboard for data entry. The data was synchronized from the keyboard to the clock through an electro-magnetic coupling system.

The D409 was Seiko’s first model with data entry capability (via a miniature keyboard) and featured a dot matrix display. His memory was very small, with only 112 characters. It was released in 1984 in gold, silver, and black colors. Many others followed these models from Seiko during the 1980s, especially the “RC” series.

During the 1980s, Casio began marketing a successful line of computer watches, in addition to its calculator watches. There were also Nelsonic game clocks and many other fantasy games produced by Casio and other companies.

Smart watch: Insights into the intellectual property rights

As with all technology businesses, wearable tech businesses rely heavily on their intellectual property (“IP”) It is how it handles its IP that can make the difference between a successful and failing wearable tech company. There are many overlapping IP rights, such as copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret and database rights.

Pursuing invention rights to protect company intellectual property assets are some practical tips to help businesses entering in smart watches. Below we discuss the invention rights of a smart watch.

Invention rights

Smart watch products are evident, from their hardware monitoring sensors to the software that manipulates the data and provides an end-user experience are undeniably smart.

Developers should consider whether any work they do is a new invention that could become the subject of a registered patent in their target country. Although it is expensive to obtain a registered patent, it can provide a legal monopoly of up to 20 years.

Not all ideas can be patented. Patentable inventions must include:

  • The new: This information is not known anywhere else in the world.
  • Inventive: A skilled, but unimaginative person in the relevant art wouldn’t come up with this idea.
  • Industrial application possible

Copyright laws will protect source code, as long as the code is original. If the program is written from scratch, it will protect the code only.

Smart watch tech companies should ensure that the source code they create is kept secret for trade secret rights. Companies should also ensure that they actually own the copyright in the code otherwise the sub-contracted developers or commissioned developers, who are not employees, will automatically own the source code they create unless the contract restricts.

Importance of its use

For some time, most companies believed that entering the market for smart watches was a risky move. But now, with the proficient efforts put forth by Google with Android Wear, Apple with watchOS, and more, you won’t find a better time in history to put wearable technology on a strap. Choosing the smart watch that is good for you is not easy, but we hope that the exciting process of choosing your next (or first!) smart watch is as simple as possible.

Smartwatches, such as bracelets, tell the time, measure steps and calorie consumption, and -in some cases- monitor the heart rate while allowing us to see the notifications that arrive on our phones on 1.3 screens to 2 inches.

Things have changed thanks to the contributions of many people. Dr. Bao Tran, an inventor, holds multiple patents for cellular systems that are designed to communicate with other devices, and many are also used in smart watches. His patent number US10610111B1 includes detailed systems and methods for smart watches that include a range of sensors and can be used via voice control as well.