“On March 14, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office officially published Apple’s latest trademark activity for Thunderbolt,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.
“The notice was mailed out on February 22, 2011 with the publication date noted as March 13. Technically the trademark has been registered to Apple in order to get into the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Official Gazette,” Purcher reports. “But there could still be some fireworks until it’s officially a done deal.”
Purcher reports, “For the record, the Official Gazette provides anyone who believes they would be damaged by the registration of a published mark an opportunity to challenge the proposed registration. Once the trademark has been published in the Official Gazette, anyone who believes that the registering party’s use of the mark might damage him or her has 30 days in which to file an opposition to the registration.”