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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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hah
By chromal on 9/21/2012 12:36:31 PM , Rating: 2
Call me crazy, but there just may be some prior art for 12-hour clock faces.




RE: hah
By Saldrin on 9/21/2012 12:41:32 PM , Rating: 5
Kind of like slide to unlock?


RE: hah
By Schadenfroh on 9/21/2012 12:44:39 PM , Rating: 5
My company should really consider replacing the slide-to-unlock latches on our bathroom stalls with a deadbolt... imagine the potential fallout when Apple expands the reach of the slide-to-unlock patent.


RE: hah
By Fujikoma on 9/21/2012 1:07:08 PM , Rating: 2
That's funny... I'd seriously pay money to see the company that makes those stalls take Apple to court.


RE: hah
By Souka on 9/21/2012 3:40:19 PM , Rating: 3
Hey remember who invented the iPhone?

It wasn't Apple.. it was Cisco. Patented as well.

So who invented the disputed clock? Will it matter? Nope, Apple will keep the design I bet.


RE: hah
By Camikazi on 9/21/2012 12:56:56 PM , Rating: 5
It's not the 12-hour clock face that is an issue but this specific design and color scheme that is trademarked. Apple copied this exact design not slightly copied but copied it exactly without asking. Apple has sued random companies for using any apple or apple-like design for their logo don't see why this is different considering it is a direct copy of the design.


RE: hah
By TSS on 9/23/12, Rating: -1
RE: hah
By Ticholo on 9/21/12, Rating: -1
RE: hah
By anoldnewb on 9/21/2012 5:09:07 PM , Rating: 5
Is not a Swiss railway train a mobile device?


RE: hah
By Super on 9/21/2012 10:28:14 PM , Rating: 2
Perfect response. +5 good patron.


RE: hah
By dasgetier on 9/27/2012 2:39:11 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, this is worth a 6


RE: hah
By joeRocket on 9/22/2012 12:06:08 AM , Rating: 2
You're probably being sarcastic, and in fact I'm guessing Apple will respond with your very words... yeah, you're probably being sarcastic, and Apple will reply in kind anyway.


RE: hah
By jeffkro on 9/21/2012 10:37:53 PM , Rating: 1
Yes, everyone under the sun needs to sue apple.


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