Apple purchased the “Lightning” trademark from Harley-Davidson. The Lightning trademark is being used for the name of the tiny charge on the iPhone 5 and other recently produced iOS devices according to Patently Apple.
The transaction was revealed by the EU Patent & Trademark Office, which published two trademark applications for Apple’s Lightning connector on their website. Apple does not own the full trademark as of right now. Only a partial transfer has been approved thus far. Harley-Davidson can still use the Lightning trademark for motorcycle-related products.
Harley Davidson’s trademark covered motorcycles, motorcycle electrical parts, protective helmets, turning signals, TVs, computer game program, and eyeglasses.