It currently belongs to William Longe, who owns watch brand Leonard that first filed the patent.Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property could not immediately be reached outside of normal business hours.The Apple Watch, the firm’s first new device since Tim Cook became CEO, will be available in stores in nine countries on April 24.

The world’s largest watchmaker Swatch unveiled its riposte to Apple’s smartwatch last month, announcing a plan to put cheap programmable chips in watches that will let wearers from China to Chicago make payments with a swipe of the wrist.

Reporting by Joshua Franklin Editing by Jeremy GauntOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.(Reuters) - Plaintiffs in an antitrust lawsuit against Google Inc GOOGL.

O on Friday withdrew their case accusing the search engine company of harming smartphone buyers by forcing handset makers using Android operating system to make Google's own applications the default option.

People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Google logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014.($1 = 0.

9312 euros)Reporting by Georgina ProdhanOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A security company has discovered a computer spying campaign that it said “likely” originated with a government agency or political group in Lebanon, underscoring how far the capability for sophisticated computer espionage is spreading beyond the world’s top powers.

Israeli-based computer security firm Check Point Software Technologies said its researchers ruled out any financial motive for the effort that targeted telecommunications and networking companies, military contractors, media organizations and other institutions in Lebanon, Israel, Turkey and seven other countries.Researchers also found computers infected with spyware in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

The campaign, which Check Point dubbed Volatile Cedar, dates back at least three years and deploys hand-crafted software with some of the hallmarks of state-sponsored computer espionage.