Intel's Senior Manager of Communications Dave Salvator supposedly told Bright Side News on May 19, 2011 that "As part of our collaboration with Apple, they did some of the initial trademark filings" for Thunderbolt but that they have full rights to the trademark. That's interesting in light of Apple's latest filing for Thunderbolt as revealed by the USPTO this weekend. The official filing was dated May 6, 2011. The filing date would appear to contradict Intel's statement, as May 6, 2011 is way past the so-called "initial" time frame. Additionally, as of this date, we see that Apple's Thunderbolt webpage still refuses to acknowledge Intel's trademark at the bottom of their page which is common courtesy and professional practice. Was it political posturing on Intel's part to claim that they own full rights to Thunderbolt or just a late filing by an Apple attorney that wasn't aware of the so-called transferring of this trademark? The bottom line is that Apple has filed a new application for Thunderbolt and it's their fourth this year.
Apple's Trademark Application In-Part
Apple Trademark: International Class Details
International Class 009: Computers, computer peripheral devices; computer hardware; microprocessors; cables; connectors; handheld digital electronic devices; mobile digital electronic devices, handheld and mobile digital electronic devices for the sending and receiving of telephone calls, faxes, electronic mail, and other digital data; mobile telephones; cameras; electronic handheld units for the wireless receipt, storage and/or transmission of data and messages, and electronic devices that enable the user to keep track of or manage personal information; apparatus for data storage; digital audio and video devices; digital music and/or video players
History of Apple's Thunderbolt Filings
- Canada – March 09, 2011
- Europe – May 04, 2011
- China – May 10, 2011
- United States - May 06, 2011 (Published by USPTO late Friday or early Saturday).
- Jamaica: Apple's Priority Filing – November 09, 2010
Until Apple makes a formal statement acknowledging that they've made this trademark transfer to Intel or updates their Thunderbolt webpage to acknowledge Intel's trademark, we'll continue to report on any new Apple based Thunderbolt trademark activity.
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