|Nov 26, 2012, 10:28 AM||#1|
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.
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.
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