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:
[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.
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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The real issue
9/21/2012 2:51:21 PM
The real issue is, "For what industries did the Swiss Railway trademark that design?"
When you register a trademark you have to pick the industries for which it is applicable and restricted only to you. Most countries frown on you applying for it to be applicable to *all* industries.
If you register a trademark for the electronics industry it is likely not to forbid someone from using something very similar in the agriculture industry.
So, did the Swiss Railway just register this one for the industry specific to the rail industry or did they register it for others too, like electronics?
That's just, legally, the way it is. It does not make it right. It does not make it ethical, but that's the way the legal system works.
We'll just have to see how this plays out.
RE: The real issue
9/21/2012 3:03:28 PM
The design is licensed for sale to consumers as well.
Apple should license the design.
RE: The real issue
9/21/2012 4:44:22 PM
Really? You should tell that to Apple who has sued Fresh24 and Woolsworth over a trademark that were very different from theirs and in different industries. If they can sue for just having an apple in their logo I don't see why this company can't sue for them copying the whole trademark completely.
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