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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: Clock
By woody1 on 9/21/2012 3:34:49 PM , Rating: 3
I'm no Apple fan, but I wouldn't call them lazy. They're pretentious and overpriced, and they are also perfectionistic and obsessive to detail. But never lazy.


RE: Clock
By someguy123 on 9/22/2012 12:57:47 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't call obsession with customer control perfectionism. If they were truly perfectionists they would be fixing things like usability problems with itunes (must I really resync a folder over and over instead of just dropping photos in? why isn't my account just tied to my ipod in case of reformats instead of automatically wiping everything if I try to sync without the original files?) instead of just ignoring everything and hoping nobody makes a loud noise. it's like their whole antenna problem. if nobody made a fuss apple would probably just have a little note on their website telling you to stop being left handed.


RE: Clock
By Tony Swash on 9/22/2012 6:29:11 AM , Rating: 2
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I wouldn't call obsession with customer control perfectionism. If they were truly perfectionists they would be fixing things like usability problems with itunes


You mean like this?

http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/12/3318080/apple-it...


RE: Clock
By someguy123 on 9/22/2012 6:00:34 PM , Rating: 2
All they did was quite literally tweak the layout. I still use my ipod and they have yet to change the sync system to and easy drag and drop outside of importing videos. everything else just gets wiped and pictures need to be globally sync'd.


RE: Clock
By Tony Swash on 9/23/2012 9:32:48 AM , Rating: 2
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All they did was quite literally tweak the layout


How do you know? It hasn't been released yet!


“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith














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