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

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




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34 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

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

14. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 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.

15. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Creativity is hard to put a price on.... I say $20 billion!

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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...

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.

3. CyberianPirate

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

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

21. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

u are the only one laughing

4. Hafini

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

5. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

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

6. N6600

Posts: 19; Member since: May 17, 2012

Well... What goes around, comes around.

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

someone gets it^

8. easymomo

Posts: 91; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

CopyCat :-|

9. TechPsycho

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

LOL, who is copy cat now apple?

11. longhairbilly

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 23, 2010

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

22. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

u are not funny,u see anyone laughing

12. Connie.Linghus

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 14, 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.

13. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

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

16. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

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

17. Aeires unregistered

iFans, please respond.

18. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Yes please.more! They deserve it.

19. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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

20. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

23. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

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

24. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

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

27. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

26. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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 :)

28. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

29. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

31. androidrockzz

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 04, 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....

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