Apple, Swiss rail firm to meet over dispute

2012-09-22 08:00

Geneva - Swiss national train operator SBB said on Friday it is to meet Apple representatives after the tech giant used without agreement its famous clock design on a new application for iPad and iPhone.

"There's been no agreement so far, we're going to talk about it," SBB press spokesperson Patricia Claivaz told AFP, adding that the rail firm's lawyers had requested the meeting.

Claivaz dismissed reports that the rail company was intent on demanding financial compensation from Apple as "speculation", adding that SBB did not intend to "upset them by asking for money".

Instead, the railway spokesperson said, SBB was proud that its Swiss-designed station clock face had been chosen "for 80 million iPads" after realising that the iPad apparently reproduced the SBB clock design on one of its new apps iOS 6.

"We're rather proud that a brand as important as Apple is using our design, it's already on show in exhibitions in places like New York," said Claivaz.

The clock was designed in 1944 by Swiss engineer Hans Hilfiker and remains the property of SBB. It is still used in SBB's stations.

While she was unable to give a date for the upcoming meeting, which could take place "in coming days or weeks", Claivaz joked that it would indeed happen since Apple "was in Zurich and we are in Bern" - cities just over an hour's drive from each other.

The aim of the meeting was to reach an agreement both parties were happy with, she added.

"There are a lot of brands that use the SBB logo, though nothing like Apple. It's not just about a exchanging money, rather drawing up a contract stating where the logo can be used, under what conditions and for how long."

  • deon.meiring - 2012-09-22 08:22

    There people are crazy

  • Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-09-22 08:42

    Like I said this apple is rotting from the inside out!! time to switch to the real smartphone on the market SAMSUNG Galaxy s3!!! Yay!!! Really smart move! - 2012-09-22 09:15

      Really? Record sales, record share price, worlds most valuable company. And they earn about 75% of the PROFITS in the mobile phone industry (btw Samsun earns 20% which is also good) I get why people prefer Samsung over Apple and vice versa. I dont get why in order to make people feel good about their own product they have to take down another. Why? If you are the best on the world then you don't talk down to the others!

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-22 09:55

      Dave its because of the underhanded tactics that crApple uses to discredit all competition because they are afraid of losing market share. - 2012-09-22 12:58

      boltonbarry - Not very objective are you? By underhanded tactics what do you mean? The patent wars? Well everybody seems to be suing everybody (with the exception of Microsoft and Apple who have cross licensed eachother) I notice your objectivity does not extend to Samsung and Motorola suing Apple for using wireless technology covered under the FRAND. FRAND stands for Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory. Anything that becomes a technology standard and be subject to a standard but all patent fees have to be FRAND which means they can only charge Apple what they charge others and they cannot exclude Apple. The enemy here is the Patent System and not any of the companies. They all do it. Just because Apple won their one case against Samsung (using similar tactics to Samsung) does not make them evil. I wish the companies could sit down like Microsoft and Apple did. Microsoft and Apple both pay eachother for use of patents. Done deal.

  • hendrikvs - 2012-09-22 09:19

    Apple still rocks!!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-22 12:15

      Of course it does. Best equipment ever!

  • boltonbarry - 2012-09-22 09:53

    Karma is a bitch isn't it crApple

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-22 12:16

      I feel such pity for you. Save up and you too could own quality.

  • thembalam - 2012-09-22 14:38

    SAMSUNG has 30,6% market share whilst crApple iPhone has 20% market share!! The real smartphone with real technology!! Here are the facts check it out for yourself Its time you make the switch!! Come to the GALAXY world you fruit lovers!!

  • Blixum - 2012-09-22 21:31

    Very interesting logo! Thanx for showing us nonews24.

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