Apple locked rights to Lightning trademark from Harley-Davidson
26th Nov 2012 | 19:05
Apple thrashes out a deal with bikers
Apple has legally acquired rights to use the Lightning name for its new connection solution after sealing a deal with the Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
Patently Apple discovered in Apple's filings to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that Harley and Apple were able to reach a "partial transfer" on the name in Europe.
The agreement allows both companies to legally make use of the name, while preventing other parties from ripping it off.
The terms of the deal were not made public.
TV and AR glasses hint?
The applicable uses of the word for both companies covers a rather broad scope.
Among those agreed-upon uses are television sets, eyeglasses, speedometers, AV equipment, golf tees and vending machines.
One passage from the USPTO filing reads: "This Class includes, in particular: amusement and game apparatus adapted for use with an external display screen or monitor."
Smaller and reversible
It replaced the 30-pin connector that Apple had used in portable devices for the previous decade.
And while Lightning-branded golf tees are intriguing, perhaps we'll see an Apple and Harley hog hit the streets before long?
Via Patently Apple