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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:28 AM   #1
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Apple Acquired 'Lightning' Trademark from Harley-Davidson




Patently Apple reports on European trademark registration data showing that Apple has acquired at least partial rights to the "Lightning" name used for its new iOS device dock connector from motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson.

The transfer appears to have been required because of Harley-Davidson's ownership of the trademark under Class 28, which includes toys and games.
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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.

Under Class 28, UPSTO points out that that "This Class includes, in particular: amusement and game apparatus adapted for use with an external display screen or monitor."
It is certainly not unusual for Apple to have to pursue trademark acquisition for its marketing terms, and it frequently seeks to use simple and/or common words that are in many cases already protected by other entities.

One notable recent case involved Apple's efforts to secure the "iPad" trademark in China, an effort that resulted in a $60 million settlement after the trademark's original owner claimed that Apple had originally purchased the mark from the wrong subsidiary. Apple had obtained the U.S. trademark rights for "iPad" from Fujitsu, while the company had previously reached a deal with Cisco for the "iPhone" name.

Article Link: Apple Acquired 'Lightning' Trademark from Harley-Davidson
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:32 AM   #2
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Cisco and iOS

Didn't Apple also purchase the rights to use "iOS" from Cisco?
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:33 AM   #3
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What a weird trademark for a motorcycle company to own.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:34 AM   #4
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I would think that Ford would own the rights to that name since they had the "Lightning" F150's.

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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:37 AM   #5
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I would think that Ford would own the rights to that name since they had the "Lightning" F150's.

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Well done for completely raping the comments section.

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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:39 AM   #6
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Well done for completely raping the comments section.

Edit: Never mind, you fixed it now
Yea I realized this forum hasn't caught up with the times by resizing large pics so I swapped it.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:37 AM   #7
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Has Zeus weighed in on this matter yet?
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Has Zeus weighed in on this matter yet?
When he does people better duck.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 01:21 PM   #9
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Has Thor?
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:37 AM   #10
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I heard they acquired both Lightening™ and AsslessChaps™






... the latter obviously part of J. Ives new iBiker fashion line ...
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:40 AM   #11
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You know something's wrong when Apple has to get the rights for a port name from a motorbike company. Odd.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 12:25 PM   #12
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I heard they acquired both Lightening™ and AsslessChaps™
... the latter obviously part of J. Ives new iBiker fashion line ...
Wait, aren't ALL chaps assless by definition? Otherwise they'd be crotchless pants.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:39 AM   #13
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And woe be to any company that wants to use "Earth", "Wind", or "Fire" as part of their naming schemes. Those are the intellectual property of a certain band from the 70's, under license from Aristotle, Inc (a subsidiary of Empedocles, Corp).
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 11:16 AM   #14
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And woe be to any company that wants to use "Earth", "Wind", or "Fire" as part of their naming schemes. Those are the intellectual property of a certain band from the 70's, under license from Aristotle, Inc (a subsidiary of Empedocles, Corp).
Ah but do they have "earth" "wind" and "fire" trademarked or just "earth wind and fire" trademarked? Big difference as you know.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:43 AM   #15
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I would think that Ford would own the rights to that name since they had the "Lightning" F150's.

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Great vehicle. A pulley/tune/exhaust away from +100HP, and surprisingly agile for a _truck_.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:45 AM   #16
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I would think that Ford would own the rights to that name since they had the "Lightning" F150's.

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If Ford trademarked the name AND if Apple starts making vehicles under the name Lightning. I hope most people won't confuse an iPad with a pickup truck.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:46 AM   #17
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Apple AND Harley?

Wow, this will make haters' heads explode.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:59 AM   #18
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If Ford trademarked the name AND if Apple starts making vehicles under the name Lightning. I hope most people won't confuse an iPad with a pickup truck.
Just like if Apple started making Motorcycles all of a sudden, are folks going to confuse a Harley with an iPad??
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I would think that Ford would own the rights to that name since they had the "Lightning" F150's.

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Man, I love those Lightning trucks
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I would think that Ford would own the rights to that name since they had the "Lightning" F150's.

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I associated that with Ford more so than Harley. Whatever Apple wants, Apple seems to get.
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I associated that with Ford more so than Harley. Whatever Apple wants, Apple seems to get.
Apple wants an end to the Samesung court battles. But that's not happening.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 11:45 AM   #22
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The real question is why did Harley-Davidson trademarked under "Toys and Games."

Some kind of trademark reform is in order, but they need to fix the current patent system first.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 06:09 PM   #23
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I would think that Ford would own the rights to that name since they had the "Lightning" F150's.
Ford AND Harley used "Lightning" for years, and played very well together. Each enjoying great success.

As I'm sure you may be aware of, they even created a Harley Styled SVO Pickup Truck.

It's rather ironic how those two iconic, successful companies, could share a name without anyone "Going Thermonuclear" and into convulsions... ha..ha..ha...

Poor Apple, they are so full of themselves.


(this smells like typical Apple Bully Tactics)
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What a weird trademark for a motorcycle company to own.
What's weird about it?

Lightning - fast as a lightning - fast motorcycle... Aren't these associations obvious?
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:43 AM   #25
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What a weird trademark for a motorcycle company to own.
Agreed,

And I would have thought that Ford Motor company owned that name, they had the F150 Lightning in the past decade, and again more recently.
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