“The EU Patent & Trademark Office officially published two Apple trademark applications for ‘Lightning’ under numbers 011399821/862,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“What’s interesting about this filing is that it clearly illustrates that Apple had acquired the trademark from Harley-Davidson which is still protected until 2013,” Purcher reports. “One of the documents indicate that the transfer may have officially occurred yesterday, November 24, 2012, the date that it appeared in the EU’s public trademark database.”

Purcher reports, “Harley-Davidson may have retained the ability to use certain aspects of the trademark relating to the motorcyle parts and so on.”

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