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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 Tony Swash on 10/12/2012 12:58:42 PM , Rating: -1
I nearly forgot to mention this

Could be related to this

and this

Apple kisses Samsung goodbye and says "it wasn't me it was you"

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
"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay

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