Apple Licenses Swiss Railway Clock Design for iOS

Back in September, when Apple was busy celebrating the launch of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, it emerged that Apple had 'borrowed' the design of the clock app in iOS 6 from Swiss Federal Railway service. The iconic design from Hans Hilfiker is actually owned by the Swiss Federal Railways service and, as you can imagine, they were none too pleased that Apple had liberated their design for the iPad and iPhone.

At the time, a spokesperson for the SBB said that they were trying to get in touch with Apple to resolve the situation, and it seems all's well that ends well. The Swiss Federal Railways said today that an agreement had been reached and that the two parties had governed a license agreement.

"For the use of the SBB station clock on devices like iPad and iPhone, the Swiss Federal Railways SBB and Apple have agreed and signed a license agreement," the SBB said, adding that the two had agreed upon the price of the license fee.

The SBB called the clock a symbol of innovation and reliability and said it was an important identifying feature of the SBB and Switzerland. Neither the SBB nor Apple disclosed how much Cupertino is paying for the privilege of using the design or any other details regarding the terms of the agreement.

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  • I normally would have taken something like that as a compliment, but as patent-crazy tech companies are these days, especially Apple, I think it was good idea for the Swiss Federal Railways to make their move. Otherwise, the design might have ended up as a copyright of Apple
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  • Funny, if it was the other way round they would go "thermonuclear" (as Jobs put it) and try and get a worldwide sales ban, no amount of licensing or money would be enough
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    But seeing as it is Apple, people always cave and take the money, someone needs to dig in theor heels and say "No, get your own f**king design"
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  • Apple could not come up with a clock design of their own! Wow! Mind-blowing!
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  • I normally would have taken something like that as a compliment, but as patent-crazy tech companies are these days, especially Apple, I think it was good idea for the Swiss Federal Railways to make their move. Otherwise, the design might have ended up as a copyright of Apple
    21
  • Funny, if it was the other way round they would go "thermonuclear" (as Jobs put it) and try and get a worldwide sales ban, no amount of licensing or money would be enough
    ...
    But seeing as it is Apple, people always cave and take the money, someone needs to dig in theor heels and say "No, get your own f**king design"
    20
  • Apple could not come up with a clock design of their own! Wow! Mind-blowing!
    16