Swiss Railway Accuses Apple of Stealing Clock Design for iOS 6
September 21, 2012 11:57 AM
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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:
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"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.
released iOS 6 two days ago
, and also launched its
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
Cult of Mac
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RE: It just makes me say really
9/21/2012 1:01:39 PM
Considering it is a registered trademark and easy to look up, has been licensed and used by Mondaine and well known all over Switzerland and other parts of the world (even I knew it was not a random design) I say they knew it was designed already and like all other things they just ignored it and took it anyway. Either way Apple did start this by suing over trivial little designs that anyone can come up with, time for them to see what it feels like to be on the other side.
RE: It just makes me say really
9/21/2012 1:34:37 PM
They will probably pay SBB as a PR move and then change the design for 6.1 and add some improvements along the way.
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