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Apple bought partial rights to use "lightning" trademark from Harley-Davidson

0. phoneArena 26 Nov 2012, 05:45 posted on

Apple's EU trademark filing for the "lightning" connector reveals that the Cupertino tech titan had to go all "Easy Rider" and paid legendary motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson for the right to trademark the name; no, Apple is not planning on producing the Apple iHog...

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posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:13 6

1. ddeath (Posts: 154; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


A common word like 'lightning' can be trademarked? What the F is wrong with USPTO? I should trademark 's h i t' so everyone has to pay me for cursing with that word.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:23 3

2. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


I'm just surprised that you can still be surprised at this.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 09:06

4. AstronautJones (Posts: 240; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


This was in Europe, not the USA. Still unbelievable a tech company would have to get permission to use a trademark established by a motorcycle company.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 10:33

5. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


The word itself isn't trademarked, it's it's use to label products that's all. Can't patent a word that is found in the dictionary and is something that is naturally occurring that would be pretty stupid. You can however patent names you made up though(trademark).

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 10:52 2

6. JC557 (Posts: 848; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Ahh, Apple and Harley Davidson... goes hand in hand with the "look at me" types.

I can get a cheaper bike that performs a lot better in all areas.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:27

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2993; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Tim just got David-ed!!

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 20:40

7. bluescreen (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


speaking of trade marks....i'd like to trade mark the vowels.....so anytime someone uses one of them its a little more cheddar for me :)

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