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Swiss Railway: Apple's Using Its Clock Design Without Permission 274

Posted by timothy
from the always-a-good-time-to-borrow-clever-designs dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Apple received a lot of criticism during the Apple/Samsung litigation this past Summer as folks deemed it absurd that Apple was able to patent things such as icon design and the overall form factor of a smartphone. Well as it turns out, it appears that Apple has engaged in some copying of its own in the form of the new clock icon design used in iOS 6 on the iPad- a rather ironic turn of events given that Apple railed against Samsung for copying its own iOS icons. Specifically, the clock icon in iOS 6 on the iPad is a blatant copy of a Hans Hilfiker design to which both the trademark and copyright is owned by the Swiss Federal Railways service."
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Swiss Railway: Apple's Using Its Clock Design Without Permission

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  • by hyanakin (1545359) on Sunday September 23, 2012 @02:09PM (#41429605)

    Actually, some swiss guy asked the swiss federal railroad if he can use the design for an according app in the AppStore. The swiss federal railroad gave him permission to do so.

    Now comes Apple and rips off the design also - so there is a direct competition between the app developer and Apple.

  • by kawabago (551139) on Sunday September 23, 2012 @02:25PM (#41429735)
    Now that Apple's misconduct has been revealed will Apple do what they wanted done to Samsung and withdraw their products voluntarily from Europe? If they don't they Apple are hypocrites, and that's not cool.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 23, 2012 @02:44PM (#41429843)

    Listen, it's simple, noddy.
    Switzerland relies heavily on horology to earn foreign currency.
    The Swiss are famous for their timepieces, there are countless fakes, and the Swiss export trade group spends millions hunting down the fakes and confiscating them, punshing those who claim to produce "Swiss made" watches or anything bearing the Swiss flag.
    They MUST sue Apple for this blatant attempt to claim affiliation with the Swiss brand, or they lose the right to punish anyone else for doing similar.
    They must defend their trademarks and patents, just like anyone else, or they lose the right to those privileges.
    Due diligence.
    So, yes, of course you have to pay to use their trademarked design, just as you would have to pay through the nose to put an apple with a bite taken out on your computer or mobile phone. It's not at all unreasonable.
    But you can make a clock without numbers so long as you don't use exactly the same design as has been trademarked by the SBB/CFF, or anyone else's patented clock face design.
    And Apple are fucking stupid for attempting this move. The Swiss, amongst whom I live as an alien resident, will not find this amusing at all.
    Just one more collosally arrogant move from Apple - you've got to wonder if someone's deliberately trying to destroy the reputation because of a short place on stocks or some other fiscally oriented attempt to devalue the share price.
    It's got EPIC FAIL written on it large and clear, and no clear reason why anyone would deliberately do anything so blatant - with all the press that Apple has generated over the new patent war it launched, it can't have been a simple "oversight"...

  • Culture of cheating (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Tough Love (215404) on Sunday September 23, 2012 @03:01PM (#41429929)

    Like Microsoft before it, Apple's corporate DNA is built around a culture of cheating.

  • Mine --- (Score:5, Interesting)

    by GPierce (123599) on Sunday September 23, 2012 @04:46PM (#41430831)

    Back in the US railroad days there was a tycoon named Collis Huntington. He was known to be ruthless and greedy - kind of the same OCD type as Steve Jobs. Huntington is quoted as saying (more or less):

            All I want is what's mine. Whatever is not nailed down is mine. If I can pry it loose, it was not nailed down.

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