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SBB is reportedly looking to make a deal with Apple, where the railway company will likely seek a licensing fee

They say "what goes around, comes around" -- and it looks like Apple is finally getting a dose of its own medicine in the patent infringement department.

A railway company in Switzerland, called Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), has accused Apple of copying its clock design for iOS 6. SBB said its company created that clock design back in 1944, and that Apple's new iOS 6 clock app is identical. See for yourself:

[Image Source: Cult of Mac]

"We are proud that this icon of clock design is being used by a globally successful company," said Reto Kormann, SBB spokesperson. "We've approached Apple and told them that the rights for this clock belong to us."

SBB is reportedly looking to make a deal with Apple, where the railway company will likely seek a licensing fee.

Apple just released iOS 6 two days ago, and also launched its iPhone 5 in eight countries today.

SBB's move against Apple comes at an interesting time. After a 1+ year-long battle with Samsung over smartphone/tablet patent infringement lawsuits around the globe, a U.S. jury found Samsung guilty of copying the iPhone/iPad for its Galaxy line. Not only was Samsung ordered to pay $1.05 billion USD in damages, but a court date on December 6 may lead to more product bans for the South Korean electronics maker. Apple is also looking to boost that $1.05 billion fine to $3 billion.

Source: Cult of Mac

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By rbo on 9/21/2012 12:16:48 PM , Rating: 5
You mean to say that Apple didn't invent the circle? I can't believe that.

RE: Clock
By rpierce on 9/21/2012 12:20:39 PM , Rating: 2
This is funny. They could have easily changed that red circle into a red triangle and it would have even improved the look. But Apple is so lazy they could not even make a simple change to their stolen design.

RE: Clock
By woody1 on 9/21/2012 3:34:49 PM , Rating: 3
I'm no Apple fan, but I wouldn't call them lazy. They're pretentious and overpriced, and they are also perfectionistic and obsessive to detail. But never lazy.

RE: Clock
By someguy123 on 9/22/2012 12:57:47 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't call obsession with customer control perfectionism. If they were truly perfectionists they would be fixing things like usability problems with itunes (must I really resync a folder over and over instead of just dropping photos in? why isn't my account just tied to my ipod in case of reformats instead of automatically wiping everything if I try to sync without the original files?) instead of just ignoring everything and hoping nobody makes a loud noise. it's like their whole antenna problem. if nobody made a fuss apple would probably just have a little note on their website telling you to stop being left handed.

RE: Clock
By Tony Swash on 9/22/2012 6:29:11 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't call obsession with customer control perfectionism. If they were truly perfectionists they would be fixing things like usability problems with itunes

You mean like this?

RE: Clock
By someguy123 on 9/22/2012 6:00:34 PM , Rating: 2
All they did was quite literally tweak the layout. I still use my ipod and they have yet to change the sync system to and easy drag and drop outside of importing videos. everything else just gets wiped and pictures need to be globally sync'd.

RE: Clock
By Tony Swash on 9/23/2012 9:32:48 AM , Rating: 2
All they did was quite literally tweak the layout

How do you know? It hasn't been released yet!

RE: Clock
By hankw on 9/21/2012 12:23:47 PM , Rating: 5
A circle is really just a very round rectangle.

There's no infringement here anyways since Apple's code would not run on those Swiss clocks.

RE: Clock
By zinfamous on 9/21/2012 12:44:23 PM , Rating: 2

what does the typical apple patent have to do with code? the majority of their absurd lawsuits have to do with their belief that simple shapes like the rectangle and a "flat screen" are patentable.

this is precisely apple eating their own medicine.

and I apologize if I missed some sarcasm... ;)

RE: Clock
By Mint on 9/22/2012 4:57:22 PM , Rating: 4
Check out what the jury foreman said to the jury to make them ignore all prior art and speed up deliberations. It's quite sad, really.

RE: Clock
By kerpwnt on 9/21/2012 2:06:26 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure Apple is still working on that patent for "A circular shape with rounded edges." One of these days they will put the right amount of money in the right officials pocket.

Until then, Apple will have to pay license fees for other people's trademarks. They already have to pay Cisco to use the name "iOS."

RE: Clock
By Super on 9/21/2012 10:30:04 PM , Rating: 2

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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