Apple Bought The Lightning Trademark From Harley-Davidson

Posted Nov 26, 2012

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.