Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Feb 2011 14:49 UTC
Intel Apple has just updated its line of MacBook Pros. Usually, this isn't anything to get particularly excited about, but this time around, they've got a genuine treat: Thunderbolt. Apple is the first to use this new connection technology, developed at Intel and believed to be the copper version of Lightpeak. It's pretty impressive.
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RE[3]: Trademark Infringement?
by Delgarde on Thu 24th Feb 2011 20:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Trademark Infringement?"
Delgarde
Member since:
2008-08-19

There's nothing in that webpage from Intel (or in Apple's laptop announcement) indicating that HTC has been granted permission to use the "Thunderbolt" name, or the other way around. So like I said, there's this smell of lawsuit around.


Unlikely - HTC use the name for a model of phone, Intel use the name for a device controller. Trademarks apply only to the niche the name is used in, so there's not much grounds for claiming a conflict...

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I'm curious : has there ever been a lawsuit between Apple (computer company and part of Big Content which recently made a big deal of releasing the Beatles' albums on iTunes) and Apple (record company who e.g. worked on the Abbey Road album of the Beatles) ?

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RE[5]: Trademark Infringement?
by Praxis on Thu 24th Feb 2011 21:47 in reply to "RE[4]: Trademark Infringement?"
Praxis Member since:
2009-09-17

I'm curious : has there ever been a lawsuit between Apple (computer company and part of Big Content which recently made a big deal of releasing the Beatles' albums on iTunes) and Apple (record company who e.g. worked on the Abbey Road album of the Beatles) ?


Thats a big yes, Apple computer has been the target of trademark suits from Apple corps since way back in 1978. And they didn't really bury the hacket until 2007. So there is a long history here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Corps_v_Apple_Computer


The HTC Thunderbolt phone and the Intel Thunderbolt connector might be different enough to coexist. I don't think confusion is very likely at least, but good lawyer might be able to argue equally well that it would. I would think HTC would have the upper hand in any case. The phone was called Thunderbolt long before light peak was called Thunderbolt and being first counts a lot in trademark cases its Intel that would have to worry.
Acutally looking at the trademark application Verizon own the Thunderbolt trademark, so they would be the ones fighting Intel, not HTC

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rr7.num7 Member since:
2010-04-30

Really? Then why did Apple license the IOS trademark from Cisco?

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RE[5]: Trademark Infringement?
by Feanor on Fri 25th Feb 2011 14:38 in reply to "RE[4]: Trademark Infringement?"
Feanor Member since:
2006-12-21

IOS and iOS are both Operating Systems, albeit in different OS market segments. That is likely enough of a similarity that Cisco would win a trademark suite by a landslide, considering its use of IOS was much earlier than Apple's.

Thunderbolt is a phone and a computer interface, those are probably a bit more segmented to trademark law than operating systems designed for different purposes.

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