Chevy denied "Bolt" name for new 200-mile EV

When Chevy revealed the Bolt concept earlier this year there was some immediate confusion, since the “Bolt” name sounds a lot like “Volt,” but the automaker decided to stick with it anyways. Now unfortunately the Bolt name may not happens, since the US Patent and Trademark Office has denied the use of the name.

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When Chevy revealed the Bolt concept earlier this year there was some immediate confusion, since the “Bolt” name sounds a lot like “Volt,” but the automaker decided to stick with it anyways. Now unfortunately the Bolt name may not happens, since the US Patent and Trademark Office has denied the use of the name.
The Bolt name is currently being used by Yamaha, which trademarked the name back in 2012, two years before Chevy filed for it. According to patent and trademark law, since both Yamaha and Chevy provide similar or related goods, the brand that files the trademark first wins.

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Chevy will now likely have to change the name for its upcoming EV, which is slated to arrive in 2017.