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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: Apple copies, gets caught, then pays up.
By Reclaimer77 on 10/13/2012 12:09:29 PM , Rating: 2
Oh and let's dispel this notion that Microsoft entered a cross licensing deal with Apple because of some sort of sense of morality or whatever you're shoveling. They did so because they had virtually no patents that would allow them to compete with Samsung, Apple, and others when it came to mobile devices.

Samsung and Motorola essentially developed the lions share of the underlying technologies that make these mobile devices even possible. Microsoft and Apple are just standing on the shoulders of giants and building off that, nothing more.

RE: Apple copies, gets caught, then pays up.
By michael2k on 10/13/2012 11:03:19 PM , Rating: 1
What does morality have to do with anything?

This is business.

You act as if Apple is an upstart or welterweight. They've been making computers now for several decades. They literally funded the ARM company's inception, the first browser was developed on NeXTStep HW, invented the term PDA and even developed one of the first alongside the Psion.

They have quite a pedigree.

By TakinYourPoints on 10/13/2012 11:34:01 PM , Rating: 2
No, but you see, it's Apple...

RE: Apple copies, gets caught, then pays up.
By Strunf on 10/15/2012 8:02:56 AM , Rating: 2
"They literally funded the ARM company's inception"
ARM has been around long time before the iToys, to your information even Intel was using there technology on their CPUs... PDAs and what not were already using ARM long before the iPhone.

"the first browser was developed on NeXTStep HW"
By someone totally unrelated to Apple, how many things were developed on MS-DOS or windows? are we also giving credit to MS for that?...

"invented the term PDA and even developed one of the first alongside the Psion."
Alongside? more like 9 years later than Psion, besides the PDA development were mostly done by companies like Palm and so on, Apple did enter the PDA market but were kicked out very fast from it. And BTW it was Nokia that released the first PDA with phone capabilities now called SMARTPHONES.

Seriously what I dislike the most on iTards is there ability to give Apple credit for just about anything while ignoring someone else input completely.

RE: Apple copies, gets caught, then pays up.
By michael2k on 10/15/2012 10:06:13 AM , Rating: 2
This is from ARM's website:
Twelve engineers, with some technology from Acorn and
seed funding from Apple, started to look for applications that needed a low-cost, low-power embedded processor.

Apple's use of ARM in the Newton, 1993, was directly related to their funding the creation of the modern ARM processor in 1990.

You also seem to discount the Newton, despite the fact that it was in fact 1) One of the first PDAs, 2) The Psion 3, a real PDA, was only released in 1991 a scant two years before the Newton, 3) The Newton formfactor was in fact the archetype for the Palm Pilot, iPhone, and all modern slate style devices.

By Strunf on 10/16/2012 8:16:04 AM , Rating: 2
Apple was ONE of the investors not the only investor, also you're stretching quite a bit to imply that ARM is anywhere it is today cause of Apple, as I said before ARM has been doing business without Apple for a long time, if ARM was counting on Apple alone they would be long gone, their success is entirely due to their own expertise and have little to do with Apple, sure Apple put some money in and used their core logic but so did others.

Scant 2 years? even if it was 1, it still makes the Psion 3 the first PDA and by a good margin, aren't you iTards bragging about the iPhone

The Newton formfactor was in fact the archetype for the Palm Pilot, iPhone, and all modern slate style devices.

Key word SLATE, and they have been around from long before Apple, without joking you could see slate like devices on SciFi movies before 1993 and even books described such device... maybe Apple didn't invent anything after all and just copied the form factor from a movie.

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