On June 26, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for "Apple Lightning" under registration number 4,359,316. Apple first introduced their new Lightning connector during the introduction of the iPhone 5 in September 2012. Lightning is an all-digital eight-pin connector (with the metal shell serving as a ninth conductor, for ground) that can, unlike the 30-pin dock connector, Micro USB, or most other similar connectors, be inserted into the device with either side facing up. Apple originally filed for their trademark on September 11, 2012.
Apple's Registered Trademark Certificate for "Apple Lightning"
Apple's registered trademark for "Apple Lightning" was filed under International Class 009 which is listed as covering the following:
Electrical and electronic connectors, wires, cables, chargers, docks, and adapters for use with computers, digital format audio players, digital audio recorders, digital video recorders and players, radios, computer gaming machines, cameras, audio speakers, global positioning system (GPS) devices, telephones, computer peripheral devices, and handheld mobile digital electronic devices capable of providing access to the Internet and for the sending, receiving, and storing of telephone calls, faxes, electronic mail, and other digital data; batteries; earphones, headphones; microphones; computer peripheral devices; computer hardware; computers; digital format audio players; digital audio recorders; digital video recorders and players; radios; computer gaming machines; cameras; audio speakers; global positioning system (GPS) devices; telephones; handheld mobile digital electronic devices capable of providing access to the Internet and for the sending, receiving, and storing of telephone calls, faxes, electronic mail, and other digital data.
Apple asserts a claim of priority based on their Trinidad and Tobago application number 45654, filed 08/02/2012.
For the curious, Apple's trademark application for "Thunderbolt" is still working its way through patent office process. As of June 4, 2013, Apple was granted an extension request for "Thunderbolt."
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