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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 Solandri on 9/22/2012 3:16:39 PM , Rating: 3
Phones aren't symmetric. A comprehensive drop test would drop phones at all possible impact angles and rotational velocities from different heights. Clearly this is impractical (you'd destroy most of the production run of all phones just conducting your drop tests).

Consequently, the best you can do is measure the breakage rate of phones which are in users' hands. Presumably, across hundreds of millions of users, the average way they treat any phone is the same. So everything being equal you'd see the same drop rate and breakage rate. If a greater percentage of one model of phone breaks in users' hands due to drops, then that's an indicator of a weaker design. Unfortunately, I don't think any manufacturer releases these types of figures.

That said, there are design features you can add to reduce the chance of damage upon dropping. The biggest and simplest is rounded corners. They reduce the stresses imparted onto the material from an impact onto the corner. Consequently they are a functional design element, and ineligible for protection under U.S. design patent law. Which makes it almost a foregone conclusion that the phone design patent Apple used to win against Samsung will be declared invalid.


RE: people
By Tony Swash on 9/22/12, Rating: -1
RE: people
By Mint on 9/22/2012 5:01:01 PM , Rating: 2
A single drop test cannot prove that. That you believe it does only speaks to how much Apple has brainwashed you.


RE: people
By Tony Swash on 9/22/12, Rating: -1
RE: people
By Xplorer4x4 on 9/23/2012 11:27:36 AM , Rating: 2
Faster? Maybe for now, but what are you left to boast about in a month, or so, when an Android phone surpasses it? What about a year from now when many Androids can probably blow it away?

Tougher? So comparing the iPhone 5 to the SGS 3 makes it definitive? What if the iPhone 5 is compared to the Droid Razr and the Razr wins, overall, based on it's Kevlar back?


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