Apple acquired “Lightning” trademark from Harley-Davidson

lightning Apple acquired Lightning trademark from Harley Davidson

Applications published by the Europen Union's Patent & Trademark Office reveal that Apple acquired the right to use the name “Lightning” from motorbike firm Harley-Davidson.

Applications published by the Europen Union's Patent & Trademark Office reveal that Apple acquired the right to use the name “Lightning” from motorbike firm Harley-Davidson.

 
Apple abandoned its old proprietory 30-pin connector earlier this year for a new 8-pin connector, which is also restricted to Apple devices. The smaller port allowed Apple to make thinner devices, and provide more room for other parts, like larger batteries. The name it got was Lightning, but it did not come without a price.
 
The Cupertino, California-based company secured a partial transfer to the trademark from Harley-Davidson, which owns the rights to use the name for pretty much everything bar that stuff that strikes in the sky when thunder roars.
 
lightning Apple acquired Lightning trademark from Harley Davidson
 
The partial transfer means Apple can use the name, but it does not own it, and Harvey-Davidson can still sell partial rights, or the full rights, to another buyer in future. 
 
It likely means that Apple had to fork over a pretty penny to get the name, the details of which were not revealed, but given Apple's protracted legal battles with rivals over patents, it was probably a small price to pay for the legal security.
 
While many welcomed a smaller port for Apple devices, it was also criticised for the fact that old accessories would no longer be compatible – that is unless consumers fork over another $20+ for an adaptor. Otherwise they have to buy a slew of new products, which will keep Apple's accessory allies happy.
 
Source: The Telegraph