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Jason BrownThunderbolt Phone?
by on Mar 5, 2011 at 12:39:44 am

I saw an ad on TV last night for a new phone from Verizon...

http://www.htc.com/us/products/thunderbolt-verizon

Wouldn't that technology name be trademarked? Like the word Firewire or HDMI...?

-Jason


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Bret WilliamsRe: Thunderbolt Phone?
by on Mar 5, 2011 at 12:48:29 am

The phone was first. But I guess they're 2 different things so I suppose it's ok. Kinda like Apple Corp and Apple computer. Wait...


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Andreas KielRe: Thunderbolt Phone?
by on Mar 5, 2011 at 8:42:17 am

Thunderbolt has nothing to do with Apple - it's Intel.

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Arnie SchlisselRe: Thunderbolt Phone?
by on Mar 5, 2011 at 5:52:18 pm

[Bret Williams] "The phone was first."

Actually, it was the now defunct Republic aircraft company: http://www.vectorsite.net/avp47.html

Or maybe Thor, the norse god of thunder? Zeus, perhaps?

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Richard SanchezRe: Thunderbolt Phone?
by on Mar 5, 2011 at 6:53:35 pm

It was also the only source capable of producing 1.21 gigawatts of electricity in 1955. Stupid energy inefficient Flux Capaciter!

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Jonathan ZieglerRe: Thunderbolt Phone?
by on Mar 6, 2011 at 11:16:40 pm

No, a thunderbolt is a dictionary term for one. Also, the two terms are separate - one refers to a new technology for transferring data and the other refers to a cell phone product name. You'll also notice both say "TM" in reference to a trademark, BUT neither has the telltale circled "R" which refers to a registered trademark (anyone can put a TM for a company trademark, but only a trademark registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office can use the circled "R") - odds are they are both pending formal federal registration since both should be well aware of intellectual property laws effecting their respective businesses. If you've ever gone to nissan.com to find a car, you find an interesting and long-standing trademark infringement case and a computer company called Nissan Computer Corp.

Since cell phones are here today and gone tomorrow, it's not likely to be an issue, but Intel and HTC can fight it out if they want to. Also, "Firewire" and "iLink" (Apple and Sony, respectively) both refer to the same 1394 technology as I'm sure Thunderbolt refers to a technology that someone else will give their own name for the same thing likely designed to compete with the faltering USB 3.0 which doesn't seem to have taken off like it was supposed to and eSATA. Since there are hardly any peripherals for it yet and it has only been recently announced, I'm pretty sure people won't be going around asking for a cell phone when they mean Intel's new connector or vice versa.

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