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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: people
By web2dot0 on 9/21/2012 3:28:04 PM , Rating: 2
I don't understand your anger.

Let the market speak for itself. Isn't that what every American wants? Free will? If someone decides to spend $200 on a pair of jeans, are you going to stop them from buying it?

You don't like it, don't buy'em, but it's up to the market to decide whether the product is viable product. Thus far, Apple have done pretty well, so what's your gripe?

You want to government or somebody tell you what to buy no? Can't have it both ways.


RE: people
By dark matter on 9/21/2012 3:51:15 PM , Rating: 2
You tell that to Apple. Let the market decide.

But Apple doesn't want that. Because what they offer is wank. And the only reason people queue up for it is because other people are queuing.

Why do you think they try and ban their competitors.

It's hardly letting the "market" or the "people" decide is it.

And don't give me that shit about people copying Apple. Especially not on this article.

Wanker.


RE: people
By semiconshawn on 9/21/2012 4:10:09 PM , Rating: 2
Wank, Wanker ?? Is that even a word?


RE: people
By spread on 9/21/2012 4:21:57 PM , Rating: 3
Bloody hell, quit being such a ponce.


RE: people
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/21/2012 4:23:40 PM , Rating: 1
RE: people
By michael2k on 9/24/2012 9:35:33 AM , Rating: 2
The only reason people queue up for it is because Apple has a 5 year track record of quality. Your One X, by HTC, doesn't. Apple has been providing multiple-year OS updates now since day one, has offered superior battery life from day one (compared to other full screen high performance phones; it sucked compared to a Blackberry), beat the GPU performance of competitors for the last three years running, has offered competitive CPU performance for the last three years running, and also generally looks better too.

What you don't understand about the market is that copying IP is actually illegal; Apple copying the SBB railway clock is also illegal and should result in fines and change or a license.

The same sword cuts both ways here; Apple can't escape the same laws that it's using against Sasmsung.


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