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Sion, Valais, Switzerland, 2010/09/12 - Hong Kong has awarded a patent HK-Pat1099375 (HK1099375B) to Winwatch SA covering proprietary knowledge of optically transparent RFID technology on sapphire, mineral or organic watch glasses.
Winwatch SA announced that the Patent Registry Intellectual Property Department The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has awarded a patent to Winwatch SA covering proprietary knowledge of RFID technology embedded in watch glass. The same Method for integrating at least one electronic module in or on the glass of a watch and watch glass obtained by such a method has been previously granted in Europe as Switzerland, Germany, France and also in China.
Winwatch develops and licenses intellectual property (IP) and provides pioneering RFID solutions to a variety of luxury watch brands. Winwatch's licensing program is related to RFID technology in wristwatches developed from a strong but still growing patent portfolio.
Winwatch brings its expertise and its specific knowledge to a high branding customer base, pursuing in particular the goal of embedding RFID-technology in watch glass or gasket or watch hand or hand axis etc., opening a wide variety of new functions and applications for the watch industry: Supply Chain, Product Authentication, After Sales Services, Repair & Guarantee Services, personnalised Customer Applications on smartphones, etc.
Winwatch’s RFID solution responds to worldwide UHF/RFID EPC gen2 standard (860-960MHz) , but soon also will be compliant to Near Field Communcation (NFC) for Contactless Payments, Ticketing and the nascent Mobile Applications on smartphones.
In announcing the new Hong Kong patent HK1099375B, Alex Kalbermatten, Winwatch’s CEO, said, "Since now, our unique ‚optically transparent RFID technology for luxury timepieces‘ is now also protected in the most important market place for luxury watches in the world – Hong Kong. Winwatch SA has long been in the forefront of efforts to solve the problem of how ,invisible’ to integrate RFID technology in a luxury timepiece without altering the aesthetics & design nor the internal structure of a watch movement and/or case. We look forward to working with well known luxury brands and manufacturers throughout the world wishing to introduce the Hong Kong luxury watch market with discrete RFID enabled luxury timepieces. The RFID revolution is under way. Those luxury watch brands implementing RFID early will gain competitive advantage."
About Winwatch SA
Winwatch S.A. (winwatch.ch) is a company in the field of R&D and IP in the RFID field pursuing a goal of embedding RFID technology on or in watch glasses, crystal gaskets, watch hands and axis, opening a wide variety of new applications. In addition to licensing our intellectual property, we team up with the luxury watch industry in an effort to cut their inventory, reduce planning cycles, sharpen visibility into demand, boost customer service and anti-counterfeiting. Winwatch S.A. is held by private investors and officially started its business in February 2004. Winwatch SA is headquartered in Sion, Switzerland.