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Intel Does Own the Thunderbolt Trademark, Not Apple


Bright Side of the News offers some clarification on the Thunderbolt trademark question brought up yesterday. While Apple did do some of the early trademark filings, Apple will be transferring those trademarks to Intel:
"As part of our collaboration with Apple, they did some of the initial trademark filings. Intel has full rights to the Thunderbolt trademark now and into the future. The Thunderbolt name will be used going forward on all platforms, irrespective of operating system."
Apple had originally applied for the Thunderbolt trademark in Canada and the U.S. generating some questions about the ownership of the trademark, and the ability for 3rd parties to use the term.

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38 months ago
good news for both companies, now get others on board to support this instead of USB3
Rating: 8 Positives
38 months ago

good news for both companies, now get others on board to support this instead of USB3


Intel is pushing Thunderbolt and USB 3, next year's Ivy Bridge chipset will support both.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20053639-64.html
Rating: 7 Positives
38 months ago
Hopefully this means they'll be using the MDP connector going forward. I've never been a huge fan of the USB design because it'll just end up being confusing for consumers who think its the same as USB.
Rating: 6 Positives
38 months ago
As soon as more computers get ThunderBolt... the more accessories you'll see! =)
Rating: 5 Positives
38 months ago
I hope this means all brands will bring TB in the same connector and not get fragmented... :D
Rating: 4 Positives
38 months ago

It would also be nice to have a port where this didn't happen:

Because it does.


Considering I've had that happen with VGA/DVI and other connectors, I'd say that's just a USB issue, it's an issue of all connectors being connected blindly. If you look at a USB connector and still mess it up, I have some bad news for you...
Rating: 4 Positives
38 months ago

good news for both companies, now get others on board to support this instead of USB3


USB 3.0 will co-exist, and will be far more popular than TBolt - it's as good as TBolt for many tasks, and will be a lot cheaper.


Hopefully this means they'll be using the MDP connector going forward. I've never been a huge fan of the USB design because it'll just end up being confusing for consumers who think its the same as USB.


Instead, it will just end up confusing for consumers who think it's the same as mini Display Port.


Oh man the "TB" abbreviation is going to take some getting used to. I read that as "terabyte" on first glance. Need my morning coffee yet...


Let's try to encourage "TBolt" as the abbreviation - it's going to get silly when TBolt disks eventually appear. Are people going to type that they bought "a 2 TB TB disk"?
Rating: 4 Positives
38 months ago

I hope this means all brands will bring TB in the same connector and not get fragmented... :D

Oh man the "TB" abbreviation is going to take some getting used to. I read that as "terabyte" on first glance. Need my morning coffee yet...
Rating: 4 Positives
38 months ago
I'm glad apple seems to have the ability to play nicely with SOME people ; )
Rating: 3 Positives
38 months ago

You stick it in if it doesn't fit you flip it over how freakin hard is that?


It's annoying and broken by design, maybe?
Rating: 3 Positives

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