Apple Acquired 'Lightning' Trademark from Harley-Davidson

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    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.
    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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    Cisco and iOS

    Didn't Apple also purchase the rights to use "iOS" from Cisco?
     
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    What a weird trademark for a motorcycle company to own.
     
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    One of those trademarks that probably shouldnt have been allowed to begin with. Owning the rights to the names of natural occurences seems ridiculous.
     
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    I would think that Ford would own the rights to that name since they had the "Lightning" F150's. :confused:

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    Well done for completely raping the comments section.

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    Has Zeus weighed in on this matter yet?
     
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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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    What's weird about it?

    Lightning - fast as a lightning - fast motorcycle... Aren't these associations obvious?
     
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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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    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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    Clearly this means Apple will start making motorcycles in the future. Remember they made a deal with Apple Corps./The Beatles promising they wouldn't start going into music
     
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    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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    Great vehicle. A pulley/tune/exhaust away from +100HP, and surprisingly agile for a _truck_. :cool:
     
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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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    Apple AND Harley?

    Wow, this will make haters' heads explode.
     
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    Just like iOS that's licensed as well.
     
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    Man, I love those Lightning trucks :cool:
     
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    Hasn't Gene Munster just confirmed this?

    We need a picture of a blurred kickstand and start button made in China to believe!
     
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    Did Apple get the rights to the Lightbing's motorcycle sound? Vvrooomm! :D:rolleyes:
     
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    In future , I am afraid we may have to acquire license to name kids as all existing names will be trademarked.:eek:
     
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    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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