I have heard that lightning only strikes once in the same place, but apparently that is only a myth. Indeed, the number of lightning bolt logos that have "hit" the mail room, over the years, at the U.S. Trademark Office appear to provide additional evidence for disproving the popular myth.
So, what does that say, if anything, about the scope of rights associated with the non-verbal lightning bolt logos shown below, none of which are owned by the same entity, and all of which have been registered or at least approved for publication by the U.S. Trademark Office? And, how many of them do you recognize anyway?
In addition to the link for each logo that connects to the relevant trademark information at the USPTO, here is a numbered hint for each, and the answer key is below the jump:
- golf ball brand
- golf club brand
- Wyeth is the owner
- protective eye wear brand
- professional football club is the owner
- PulseSwitch is the owner
- Gatorade’s lightning bolt
- the lightning bolt logo that Gatorade filed an opposition against
- firearm trigger brand
- an NFL team, the NFL, and the Air-force have filed extensions of time to oppose
- semiconductor brand
- athletic competitions at the high-school level
For my previous discussion of Gatorade’s Lightning Bolt Logo, see here.