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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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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
code?

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
https://www.google.com/webhp?#q=foreman+prior+art
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
...nice.


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