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The wonder-kid I/O born of illegitimate relations between Apple and Intel might be in for a custody battle soon. Taking a gander at Intel's trademarks page, the 10Gbps Thunderbolt I/O...
05-18-2011, 08:43 PM #1
Who Owns Thunderbolt?
The wonder-kid I/O born of illegitimate relations between Apple and Intel might be in for a custody battle soon.
Taking a gander at Intel's trademarks page, the 10Gbps Thunderbolt I/O is clearly listed. However, looking for a trademark filing in both Canada and the United States turns up empty on Intel's behalf. Instead, Apple turns up as the owner of the Thunderbolt trademark.
This emerged after rumors of Sony implementing Thunderbolt in upcoming machines, but in a Type-A USB jack as opposed to a mini DisplayPort connector. Even more puzzling is the fact Thunderbolt appears as a registered trademark to Intel on packaging of the early 2011 Macbook Pros.
The advantages of Thunderbolt are undeniable, and to see the high-speed I/O experience any sort of brand confusion or fragmenting could hurt its implementation. There is a reason USB is called a Universal Serial Bus, it is UNIVERSAL. Fragmenting a new I/O could doom it from the beginning.
Then again, perhaps this is just a rebranding by Apple, much in the same way IEEE 1394 was branded as FireWire by Apple and then granted as a free license. Hopefully none of this trademark confusion and fragmentation is sign of real problems, because it would sure be nice to be able to transfer an entire Blu-Ray to my external storage in 30 seconds and not 30 minutes.
Source: Apple Insider
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05-18-2011, 08:56 PM #2
Ha 10gbps is mind blowingly fast, I just want a lightpeak flash drive now! almost instant file transfers? Yes please!
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05-18-2011, 09:00 PM #3
Someone's gonna get sued here
05-18-2011, 09:10 PM #4
New rumor buzzing around: Apple has claimed that they have put a patent on water. Anyone else claiming to own water is getting sued into poverty.
05-18-2011, 09:13 PM #5
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05-18-2011, 09:43 PM #6
Who cares there's nothing that even supports thunderbolt yet.
05-18-2011, 09:51 PM #7
05-18-2011, 10:29 PM #8
No one owns thunderbolt and no ones cares!! Stop posting irrelevant SH*T like this on MMI! sheesh man
05-19-2011, 12:04 AM #9
I got Thunderbolt on my mac book, but no other devices to transfer data to. *sigh*
05-19-2011, 02:06 AM #10
I think that they need to use a universal thunderbolt port not this display connector And USB form factor crap and it needs to be available for all new computers, the more systems with it then the more drives and stuff that use thunderbolt
05-19-2011, 04:57 AM #11
It's funny that you mention FireWire. At the time FireWire was a superior tech, but never really migrated from macs to the PC world and I think that it is apple's marketing dept to blame. By "rebranding technology" it makes it sound proprietary (even if you give the licensing away). As soon as I heard that Apple was "rebranding" this as Thunderbolt, I got nervous. I would hate to see this tech be doomed to the fate of FireWire and perhaps FaceTime (fate remains to be seen as to whether it makes the jump from being an apple-only product to a more widely-used, dare I say "standard" for video calling) all because apple thought "thunderbolt" sounded cooler :/
05-19-2011, 05:17 AM #12
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05-19-2011, 06:36 AM #15
It's not in the interest of apple to be the only one with thunderbolt, more devices = more accessories and thunderbolt stuff, i think they just want to be called the makers of thunderbolt or something
EDIT: P.S. i do own a MBP early 2011 15" 2.2GHz so i do care
05-19-2011, 07:28 AM #16
The guy does pay attention to tech inventions. he just does not see the usefulness of such invention yet. he's also fed up with semi useful inventions that are not useful for everyone but packages themselves as if they're gonna change everyone's lives. Tbh, you don't have any rights to tell someone to shut up in this forum. Think about how ignorant you were and all the stupid things you said last year. People that tell others to shut up should be banned. I would ban you if I had the power.
05-19-2011, 10:29 AM #17
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05-19-2011, 11:23 PM #19
I may be late to the party here, but I just wanted to clear things up... I own thunderbolt.
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