When you hear a story about Apple and accusations of copying, it's usually Apple doing the accusing. However, this time around, Apple is on the receiving end of allegations that it stole a design. Who has accused Apple of copying? The Swiss Federal Railway.
MacRumors cites a story in Swiss newspaper Blick in reporting that Switzerland's Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, or Swiss Federal Railway service, has accused Apple of copying the design of the Swiss Federal Railway service clock. Apple's version of this clock appears in the iPad's Clock app, which debuted as part of iOS 6, the latest version of Appe's mobile operating system. According to MacRumors, the trademark and copyright for the clock, designed by Hans Hilfiker, is owned by the Swiss Federal Railways service.
Speaking to Blick, a spokesperson for the SBB said that they're currently trying to get in touch with Apple to resolve the situation. We imagine this will involve Apple licensing the design or else changing the iPad's Clock app. Either way, it's a change to see Apple, usually so quick to lawyer up at the first sight of any similarity, caught with what appears to be a blatant case of copying.