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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 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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