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Report: Apple to pay Swiss rail $21 million for using clock design

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 11 Nov 2012 12:52 User comments (3)

Report: Apple to pay Swiss rail $21 million for using clock design Two months ago, the Swiss national railway (SBB) accused Apple of using their iconic clock design without permission in iOS 6.
Within weeks, Apple agreed to license the design, settling without court and without reporting financial terms.

Today, the Swiss Daily is reporting that Apple will pay the company 20 million Swiss francs ($21 million, 17 million euros) for the agreement, which includes compensation for using the design without permission for a few weeks before the agreement.

"We're rather proud that a brand as important as Apple is using our design," said the SBB last month. The iconic design was created in 1944 by Swiss engineer Hans Hilfiker and has been used in Swiss stations ever since.

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3 user comments

111.11.2012 17:13

Apple got off easy once again for stealing.

"Have you tried turning it off and on again?" ~ Roy Trenneman

211.11.2012 17:22

Apple can afford it.The big cheapskates.

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316.11.2012 9:12

I'm surprised they didn't use the old 'the original design was not able to run on iOS, so it wasn't elligible for prior art on iOS' argument. After all, it's what snagged them the Samsung patent gig not long ago.

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