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Apple pays up for stealing Swiss rail clock design

Posted: 15 Oct 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:iOS 6  Clock application  iPads  iPhones  clockface 

It's been just a month ago when the Swiss Federal Railway service (SBB) accused Apple of copying their clock design by using it in the iOS 6 Clock application. But now both the companies have decided to end this issue. SBB has issued a press release, which states that Apple has agreed to pay for the right to use their clock design.

SBB and Apple have reached an agreement on the use of SBB's station clock on certain devices such as iPads and iPhones. This arrangement has been mutually agreed by both parties in a licence agreement.

For the use of the clockface on certain Apple devices such as iPads and iPhones, the parties have negotiated an arrangement that enables Apple to use the SBB station clock under a licence agreement.

Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

The SBB station clock was designed in 1944 by Hans Hilfiker. A special feature of the clockface is its striking red second hand in the shape of a railway guard's signalling disc. SBB owns the rights to the design, which it says is "a symbol of innovation and reliability is an important identifying feature of the SBB and represents Switzerland."

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