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#1 jakem1

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 12:33

Apple apes trademarked Swiss railway clock for iPad's new Clock app


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Apple added a Clock app to the iPad in iOS 6, but the company may get into trouble for the visual look of the app's analog-style clock face. According to Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger, Apple's designers copied the iconic—and trademarked—look of the Swiss Federal Railway (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, or SBB) clocks used in train stations all over Switzerland. And the SBB wants Apple to pay up.

This isn't the first time Apple has used an iconic design for an iOS app. The original iOS calculator used a design that paid homage to the classic Braun ET44 calculator. Apple SVP of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive is well-known as an unabashed fan of Braun designer Dieter Rams.

However, SBB noted that it has a copyright and trademark on the design of its railway station clocks, which have become an icon of both SBB and Switzerland itself. "We enjoy the fact that the Swiss railway clock is being used by Apple. It once again proves that it's a real piece of design," SBB spokesperson Christian Ginsig said. "This act, however, is an unauthorized use [of the clock's design] by Apple."

SBB said that it is contacting Apple to work out a "legal and financial" resolution.

Using the SBB railway clock's design could be viewed as yet another homage to a classic, but it seems SBB isn't going to simply take the compliment. And catching Apple making unauthorized copies of any design is especially ironic in light of the company's repeated claims that Samsung "slavishly copied" its iPhone and iPad designs for its smartphones and tablets.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 12:43

EVERYBODY SHOULD SUE EVERYBODY! :rofl:

#3 Asrokhel

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 13:08

EVERYBODY SHOULD SUE EVERYBODY! :rofl:


Americans do so all the time! :p

#4 TheLegendOfMart

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 13:10

Typical Apple, they copy when it suits them and sue people when they are copied from.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 13:15

Apple doesn't copy, everyone else retroactively steals.

#6 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 13:26

Busted. Pay up, Apple.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 13:31

You would think that a company who is so entangled in the legal system would have their butt covered.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 13:32

So what happened to the 'There are many different ways to design without infringing on patents" trumpet Apple was blowing during the Samsung trial?

********, they should be made to pay $1 billion for this blatant theft.

#9 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 13:38

So what happened to the 'There are many different ways to design without infringing on patents" trumpet Apple was blowing during the Samsung trial?

********, they should be made to pay $1 billion for this blatant theft.


Calm down. A hardware design patent is a lot more severe than a trademark or copyright. It can all be easily fixed via a software update.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 13:43

Calm down. A hardware design patent is a lot more severe than a trademark or copyright. It can all be easily fixed via a software update.


My comment was more in reaction to 'rounded corners on icons' et al than the actual hardware itself, if you didn't understand.

#11 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 13:46

havent you learned, it is alright for apple to copy things however, if someone copy's apple then their product must be removed from the market irremediably.

#12 I_Kaplan

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 13:47

I see lawsuits coming..!

#13 FMH

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 14:06

That's one entity Apple can't sign a patent license agreement with. They will most likely have to change it.

#14 Osiris

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 14:13

What goes around comes around I guess :).

#15 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 14:15

My comment was more in reaction to 'rounded corners on icons' et al than the actual hardware itself, if you didn't understand.


Yeah, because that was completely obvious from what you said...



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