Apple’s “Lightning” Trademark Is Acquired From Harley-Davidson

Apples Lightning Trademark Is Acquired From Harley DavidsonApparently using the name “Lightning” for the new dock connector wasn’t as easy as it seemed. Apple had to buy the trademarked name from motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson in order to get the Lightning technology out on the market.

The EU Parent & Trademark Office published two Apple trademark applications for “Lightning,” which clearly points out that Apple had to acquire the trademark from Harley-Davidson. Harley-Davidson’s trademark is currently in place until 2013. Apparently the trademark owned by Harley covered a bunch of items, like motorcycle electrical parts, protective helmets and turn signals, as well as TV sets, computer game programs, and eyeglasses.

Apple has been given a partial transfer for the Lightning trademark, which likely means that Harley still has the right to use the Lightning name for motorcycle-related products, and maybe eyeglasses.

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