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Swiss Railways to burn Apple with legal complaint on a patented clock design

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Swiss Railways to burn Apple with legal complaint on a patented clock design
The Swiss Federal Railway Service (RBB), known for its record timeliness, has a signature clock design that exists on all of the time-telling units in stations, and has been created by its employee Hans Hilfiker in 1944. 

It has been patented, but a license to use the design was sold to the Swiss clock maker Mondaine for its piece of art wristwatches.

It was noticed, however, that the same clock design is being used in Apple's Clock app for the iPad that came along with iOS 6 yesterday, and it's as if Apple just erased the Mondaine branding, that's how similar the designs look.

SBB said it is preparing the paperwork to file a legal complaint against the use of its patented clock design, although it is pleased that Apple has found it interesting enough to use as the default clock in its iOS 6 iPad app. Oh, the joyful litigious times we live in.

via CNET

Swiss Railways to burn Apple with legal complaint on a patented clock design



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posted on 21 Sep 2012, 03:08 17

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Another let down Apple!!!
You just ruined my childhood once again :(

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 05:22 9

14. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Rotten Apple started the lawsuits and now the World companies are reviewing their patents and slam on rotten Apple. Swiss must ask for $1 billion.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 05:30 12

15. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Creativity is hard to put a price on....

I say $20 billion!

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 03:10 8

2. eisenbricher (Posts: 970; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


I'm getting more and more concerned about such patent wars. If I ever get chance to design a phone/tablet I wonder how much efforts will it take just to find if it violates any patent? I mean, C'mon there are millions of patents from trivial things to huge inventions...

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 04:31 5

10. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Worry not.

As soon as Apple gets sued over and over and over again over anything they can possibly get sued on - as a justifiable revenge for banning the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy Nexus - they will stop bulling the entire consumer electronics industry - and everyone will probably forget about this whole ugly patent suing business.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 03:10 9

3. CyberianPirate (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


No! It's a different design... if you look closely the needles on iOS clock is shorter than SBB clock... LOL :p

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:18 2

21. synot (Posts: 88; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


u are the only one laughing

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 03:10 9

4. Hafini (banned) (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I don't like Apple for starting the patents war but this really is so hilarious!!!

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 03:35

5. flipjzn (Posts: 126; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


It's all about the money, money, money! :))

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 04:00 9

6. N6600 (Posts: 15; Member since: 17 May 2012)


Well... What goes around, comes around.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 04:22 4

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


someone gets it^

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 04:23 6

8. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


CopyCat :-|

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 04:25 6

9. TechPsycho (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


LOL, who is copy cat now apple?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 04:45 8

11. longhairbilly (Posts: 61; Member since: 23 Aug 2010)


Stop it guys.. Everyone knows Steve Jobs invented the clock. This company clearly stole this from Apple.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:21 2

22. synot (Posts: 88; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


u are not funny,u see anyone laughing

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 04:48 2

12. Connie.Linghus (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


It's incredibly hard to even deny that the iOS clock is not a copy, regardless of how you hold it, it looks exactly the same. Hans must be throwing up in his grave.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 05:18 2

13. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Lol, karma is a word that starts with a letter after "A", and ends with an "itch"

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 05:53 1

16. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Wow.. that's such a blatant copy. Hypocrites.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 05:56 4

17. Aeires (unregistered)


iFans, please respond.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 06:06 2

18. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Yes please.more! They deserve it.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 06:08 2

19. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Looks like Tim Cook is doing his best to f... up the Apple.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 06:21 2

20. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3881; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Wow Apple, you guys copy so much, losers. *scoff*

In all seriousness though, I'm tired of Apple's hypocrisy. Playing the victim like they were cheated out of sales because people were copying them with their rounded corners and centered displays! That's just stupid.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:22 1

23. samystic (Posts: 188; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


meego clock on n9??? sue sue sue... cut, slice the rotten apple

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 07:35 1

24. ibap (Posts: 681; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Apple will claim they didn't taper the hands in the same way, so it isn't a copy.

Uh-huh.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 08:14 1

27. rusticguy (Posts: 2819; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


And American Courts will shamelesly agree and defend Apple ...

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 08:08 1

25. Bernoulli (Posts: 1433; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


We can conclude that apple doesn't mean innovation in the least bit ;)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 08:10 1

26. rusticguy (Posts: 2819; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Don;t we already know that Apple as a historical record (and habbit) of stealing others work and then brainwashing their flock as an iNVENTION of cupertino :)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 09:20

28. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 846; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Its getting out of hand. They should just throw out all stupid patent cases. Stop wasting tax payer money for your petty battles and return all money from frivalous cases. In fact they should tally up the cost of all these cases and make the companies pay the government double in fines. That would make them think twice about suing each other.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:20

29. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


The arms are:
Shorter at the ticks
Same width all the way

The minute ticks are:
Longer
Thinner

The hour ticks are:
Shorter
Fatter

Its a clock ... there is only so much you can do. I think the "complaint" is silly.

With that being said, why Apply just did not keep their now old design is beyond me.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 14:20 2

30. tedkord (Posts: 4282; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Let's look at the Galaxy S. Its bigger overall, with a completely different aspect ratio. It fields a different number of icons. It has widgets, and can be configured however you like. It has a number of capacitive buttons at the bottom.

In every possible way, this clock is more of a copy of the Swiss clock than the GS series is a copy of the iPhone.

Apple should have no issue being held to the same standards as they hold others.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 23:51

31. androidrockzz (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)


And Apple says they are innovative and creative!!! dint know this is what innovation and creative means!! its like Apple can do all they want but others are not suppose too....

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 03:55

32. aakashram2001 (Posts: 14; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


i love apple company they showed others how to make money easily in the name of patent not knowing that their ass is in fire love u soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo muc...............................................​.............h appy

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 04:01

33. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


apple lawyer "as you can clearly see their arms are a 0.5mm thickness while ours are a 0.4mm thickness. They also have a thick silver bezel where we use a very thin grey bezel. Obviously they are clearly different than us and you should award us a new patent."

They get a patent for it because the patent system is broken.

6 months later in a new court.

Apple lawyer "as you can clearly see they are copying our patented, 100% original clock design. They mimic the thickness of our arms and markers. They use a rounded bezel, just like us. It may be much thicker than ours, but its still copies the look and feel of apple's patents. We are asking for 10 Billion in damages from the swiss"

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 06:08

34. garz_pa (Posts: 153; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Have a taste of your own medicine, Apple..

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 20:05

35. steve99 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


That clock resembles each other way more than any Samsung phone resembles an Iphone. What a bbunch oh hypocrisy!

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