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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: 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.

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