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The companies haven't disclosed how much Apple is paying

Apple has decided to pay up for an allegedly stolen clock design in its latest iOS 6 mobile operating system.

IOS 6, which was released last month only days ahead of the iPhone 5, featured a new clock design for the iPad that seemed pretty basic. Just a white face with black, rectangular notches representing the numbers, black hour/minute hands and a red seconds hand. No big deal, right?

Wrong. The iOS 6 clock was nearly identical to a clock design developed by a railway company in Switzerland called Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). SBB said its company created that clock design back in 1944.

SBB's clock [left] and Apple's iOS 6 clock design (right)
[Image Source: IBN Live]

When SBB became aware of the stolen design, it immediately contacted Apple in hopes of some sort of licensing agreement.

"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."

Now, Apple has agreed on licensing terms for the clock design with SBB. However, the companies haven't disclosed how much Apple is paying.

It's interesting to see Apple on the losing end of a copyright infringement claim; especially after the hell it has put Samsung through over mobile patent lawsuits. After a lengthy battle with Samsung 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: The Verge

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RE: yes but
By sprockkets on 10/12/2012 12:18:15 PM , Rating: 5
You mean the sanity of the ruling that says you can't ban a product because of one stupid little feature that barely anyone cares about?

Suck it apple. Suck it Tony Swashes of the world.

And a big F U for germany's ruling of patent cases.

RE: yes but
By Spuke on 10/12/2012 12:38:34 PM , Rating: 2
Let the fire stoking begin!!!

RE: yes but
By Spuke on 10/12/2012 12:47:21 PM , Rating: 3
RE: yes but
By Tony Swash on 10/12/12, Rating: -1
RE: yes but
By Tony Swash on 10/12/12, Rating: -1
RE: yes but
By retrospooty on 10/12/2012 1:07:45 PM , Rating: 2
Here we are on your endless campaign to make Apple appear in a better light. Good job Tony.

Your agenda is well served today.

RE: yes but
By momorere on 10/12/2012 2:01:43 PM , Rating: 2
meanwhile... in the non-crApple utopia

and ... this one is 1,000,000% right up your alley, although it has already been the case for awhile now

I have many many more articles about your beloved crApple. These should suffice for now.

RE: yes but
By Kefner on 10/12/2012 5:55:09 PM , Rating: 2
RE: yes but
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/12/2012 1:13:10 PM , Rating: 5
I live in the real world

RE: yes but
By Spuke on 10/12/2012 1:18:04 PM , Rating: 2
I think that's why I am so much happier and generally more relaxed than some of you iPhobes, I live in the real world and in that one Apple is doing pretty well.
I'm doing pretty good myself also and am looking forward to taking the motorhome out on a trip in a couple of weeks.

RE: yes but
By schmandel on 10/12/2012 1:50:44 PM , Rating: 2
Tony, you silly little man, only you take the choice of Apple or another vendor to the point of some kind of choice driven by extreme sentiments. It's not.

Apple products are a poor value proposition for many people such as myself. It's really that simple, Apple offers nothing that I can't obtain at lower cost and with fewer operating restrictions. It's nothing to get worked up about, I suppose if I were much more helpless with tech I might find the Apple pitch more appealing.

Apple's success as a company is another matter. I have made a boatload of money selling Apple puts this year. Thus the net flow of cash is from Apple to me, which is as it should be.

RE: yes but
By ReloadAO on 10/12/2012 4:56:45 PM , Rating: 1
Tony... more web traffic was expected ^_^

It turns out that while some of you have been watching videos, playing a game, whatever, on what you thought was a Wi-Fi network, you were actually running up your giant 3G data bill. Apple hasn't commented on this, but on September 30th, Apple quietly released a bug fix for the problem for its Verizon customers.

RE: yes but
By Gio6518 on 10/13/2012 12:57:57 PM , Rating: 3
Meanwhile in the real world................

crApples reliving the 90's and continues to lose market share........

already been destroyed in the smartphone market

After Just 18 Days, iPhone 5 Already Accounts For More Web Traffic Than Galaxy S III

LOL thats just funny all in itself.........just proves thats its little kids that have nothing better to do

Glad the clock thing got sorted though - that was the one thing that could have brought Apple crashing down :)

Just proves how crApple just steals everyones IP

RE: yes but
By ikeke1 on 10/15/2012 6:53:10 AM , Rating: 1

Well...this would explain how iPhone5 beats SGS3 in network traffic (it's always on)

RE: yes but
By Marmadoc on 10/15/12, Rating: 0
RE: yes but
By Uncle on 10/12/2012 1:20:20 PM , Rating: 2
OH YA. I'm sure our beloved apple would have won the case if it had gone to court in the beloved USA. apple knew better then to fight in a country known for being FAIR in a court of law. No time for them to do any bribing or, not sure if the Swiss know of such a thing as a Lobbyist(Influence Peddler).

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