Swiss rail claims Apple copied its iconic clocks

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BERLIN: Switzerland’s national rail company is accusing Apple Inc. of stealing the iconic look of its station clocks for the iOS 6 operating system used by iPhone and iPad mobile devices.

 

Both designs have a round clock face with black indicators except for the second hand which is red.  
 
An SBB spokesman says the rail company is “proud” the tech giant chose to copy the 68-year-old design.  
 
But Reto Kormann told The Associated Press on Friday that Apple hadn’t asked for permission before doing so.  
 
Kormann says SBB will seek an amicable agreement and compensation from Apple.  
 
An Apple representative in Germany declined to comment immediately on SBB’s claim.  
 
Apple itself has launched several patent, design and trademark claims against rival companies in the past. -- AP

A clock symbol is displayed on an iPad with the new iOS 6 Friday, Sept.21, 2012 in Nauen, eastern Germany. Switzerland's national rail company is accusing Apple Inc. of stealing the iconic look of its station clocks for the iOS 6 operating system used by iPhone and iPad mobile devices. Both designs have a round clock face with black indicators except for the second hand which is red. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop)

In this Sept. 21, 2005 file photo, an employee at Mobatime Swiss Inc. finishes a Swiss railway station clock at their factory in Sumiswald, Switzerland. Switzerland's national rail company is accusing Apple Inc. of stealing the iconic look of its station clocks for the iOS 6 operating system used on iPad mobile devices. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martin Ruetschi, File)


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