Apple Purchased Lightning Trademark from Harley-Davidson
Apple may not be in the business of making motorcycles, but the Mac maker has recently done business with the most venerable brand of bikes.
This week, word came to light that Apple acquired the trademark for its "Lightning" brand from Harley-Davidson. The "Lightning" namesake of Apple's revamped, considerably smaller dock connector was secured by Apple after the iDevice giant reached an agreement with the motorcycle giant.
So how was the discovery made? The EU Certificate of Registration puts Apple as the owner of the trademark in question. But ownership history points to the previous owner - H-D Michigan, Inc. This is the outfit that retains and control's Harley-Davidson's intellectual property - which the "Lightning" brand was prior to the deal with Apple.
As of this writing, no details relating to the financial elements of the acquisition by Apple were made public.
Source: Patently Apple