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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 kmmatney on 9/21/2012 2:02:56 PM , Rating: 1
Uh OK. I'm probably never going to buy an Android phone, and there's nothing you can do about that. I say "probably" because I wouldn't hesitate to buy an Android if it can offer better features than an iPhone, but that hasn't happened yet (at least not when my contract ends and I'm in my buying window).

One thing I like about the iPhone is the Jailbreak process. It's easy and it works. I tried upgrading my Wife's Android and it was a pain in the ass, and too buggy, so I had to revert back to Froyo. Spent a lot of time on it. My iPhone Jailbroke in 5 minutes.


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