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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 Jeffk464 on 9/22/2012 8:14:04 PM , Rating: 2
I imagine the results would change from drop to drop. How the phone actually hit would have a big influence in the results. I dropped my galaxy nexus maybe 5 feet and it damaged the plastic case but the screen and everything still works. Plastic crunches, gauges, etc, but that's absorbing some of the impact.


RE: people
By Tony Swash on 9/23/12, Rating: 0
RE: people
By weskurtz0081 on 9/24/2012 9:18:39 AM , Rating: 2
I does look like Apple finally made a phone that durable (at least by smart phone standards).... bravo! That's honestly one of the main reasons I never went back to an iPhone... they were so damned easy to break. If I were Samsung though, I wouldn't be too worried, people clearly don't buy phone based on durability otherwise the iPhone 4 and 4S (not to mention the other iPhones) wouldn't have sold so well.


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