Sony files suit against Huawei over the Watch GT smartwatch series. Sony Interactive does not want Huawei to use the ‘Gran Turismo’ designation.
Huawei has released several wearables over the years. Apart from the regular line-up, the company also runs the Watch GT series. The name ‘GT’ refers to Gran Turismo racing cars – known for their high performance and luxurious appearance. The first Huawei Watch GT was released in 2018, followed by the Watch GT 2 in 2019. Now we are two years ahead. Although the Watch 3 series was announced in June of this year – as the first HarmonyOS smartwatch – no new GT model has been introduced.
However, that doesn’t mean that Huawei doesn’t have any new Watch GT3s in the pipeline. However, research by LetsGoDigital shows that Sony Interactive doesn’t like Huawei’s choice of name. This has led to many litigations, which are still ongoing. This is because of the many trademarks that Huawei has applied for future GT watches in Europe.
Download official documents: Huawei GT3 and Huawei GT5.
Sony vehemently opposes Huawei because of the Watch GT series
The story began in 2015, when Huawei Technologies filed a trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for the “GT3” and “GT5” designations. After a trademark is submitted, it is evaluated, which means it takes some time to be approved. Meanwhile, other parties can object to the trademark.
In 2016, Sony Interactive first filed an appeal, after which the company appealed again in 2019 against the trademarks for which Huawei has applied. a remarkable detail; During this period, both the Huawei Watch GT and Watch GT2 were launched.
The parties involved have not reached an agreement among themselves. Initially, Huawei was right. However, Sony does not give up easily. In August of this year, the company launched a new lawsuit – according to the above official documents published by the European Union. The decision of the fourth house has been quashed, now there will be a new investigation.
Gran Turismo is a popular series of racing games developed by Polyphony Digital and released by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation game console. Next year will be the release of Gran Turismo 7 – often abbreviated as GT7. The Japanese manufacturer believes it has exclusive rights to the name Gran Turismo. Huawei, on the other hand, believes that the ‘GT’ designation cannot be claimed by Sony alone. So the Chinese manufacturer does not intend to leave its Watch GT line-up without a fight.
Huawei Watch GT3, GT5, GT8 and GT10 Smartwatches
Earlier this week, it resulted in the Chinese manufacturer also applying for the same trademark in the United Kingdom – which is no longer part of the European Union.
On September 27, 2021, Huawei Technologies filed a trademark with the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) for the GT3, GT5, GT8 and GT10 model names. The trademark is classified as Class 9/14/35, where the description refers to watches and wearables. The applications are still ‘under investigation’.
In any case, Huawei is determined to keep the Watch GT lineup alive. How this pending trial will end is currently unknown. However, for the time being, it’s not unthinkable that the Watch GT3 will still be released. We’ll keep an eye on it for you!
Download Official UK IPO Documentation: Huawei GT3handjob GT5handjob GT8 and GT10.
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