Late last week a clarification arose clearing up some of the confusion floating around the Thunderbolt name trademark. It was originally being reported that Apple held the trademark, but it appears that Apple only filed for the mark early on, and will be transferring ownership to Intel. The interest in who actually did the filing, […]
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Intel Owns Thunderbolt Trademark After All

E13754FD-BDB0-4504-A147-9110181B187E.jpgLate last week a clarification arose clearing up some of the confusion floating around the Thunderbolt name trademark. It was originally being reported that Apple held the trademark, but it appears that Apple only filed for the mark early on, and will be transferring ownership to Intel.

The interest in who actually did the filing, would go a long way to explain who exactly could use the Thunderbolt name. That is, if it was owned by Apple, it was unlikely that another computer vendor such as Sony, could use the same name. Thus, they would have to come up with their own name for the same technology, and risk confusing the market.

Handing the trademark over to the part manufacturer itself, will allow anyone to use the name when touting the feature.

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