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Apple gets rights to 'Lightning' name from Harley-Davidson

updated 09:51 am EST, Mon November 26, 2012

Motorcycle maker still retains some uses

Over the weekend, Apple officially acquired some of the rights to the "Lightning" name from motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson, reports say. Two trademark applications published by the European Union Patent & Trademark Office on Sunday indicate that a transfer of the rights happened on Saturday. Lightning is still technically protected until 2013, and even after that point Harley-Davidson will be able to use Lightning for assorted products.

Apple uses Lightning to refer to the connector format on newer iOS devices. The technology was introduced with the iPhone 5 in September, and allows for small, reversible adapters, as opposed to the wide, single-sided 30-pin ones Apple has had since the early iPod days. The last device to use the 30-pin style was the third-generation iPad, which has since been supplanted by a Lightning-equipped fourth-gen model.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 11-03-09

    What do motorcycle parts and accessories have to do with computer parts and accessories? Can anyone really confuse the two? Can we hold the exclusive rights to a common English word? For those of you that cycle, you may know of White Lightning Lube that been around since the mid 90's. Do I smell a lawsuit on the way??

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by wrenchyView Post

    What do motorcycle parts and accessories have to do with computer parts and accessories? Can anyone really confuse the two? Can we hold the exclusive rights to a common English word? For those of you that cycle, you may know of White Lightning Lube that been around since the mid 90's. Do I smell a lawsuit on the way??



    From TFA:

    At first glance I thought that the transfer of the trademark from Harley-Davidson to Apple illustrated Harley's original International Classes of 009 and 028, especially because it covers items such as motorcycle electrical parts, protective helmet and turn signals. However, it goes on to protect television sets, games, computer game programs, eye glasses and eyeglass frames; things that would have nothing to do with Harley-Davidson.



    The explanation for this clash of covered items under Class 028 likely relates to what we pointed out in area # 3 noted above. There it states that there was a "partial transfer." Meaning that Harley-Davidson may have retained the ability to use certain aspects of the trademark relating to the motorcyle parts and so on. The specifics of the partial transfer weren't revealed.

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