Swiss rail claims Apple copied clock

2012-09-21 16:00

Berlin - Switzerland's national rail company is accusing Apple 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 spokesperson said the rail company is "proud" the tech giant chose to copy the 68-year-old design.

But Reto Kormann said on Friday that Apple hadn't asked for permission before doing so.

Kormann said 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.

  • jpanagidis - 2012-09-21 16:12

    Rock out with your clock out...

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-21 16:16

    SBB will get nowhere! Apple has patented the circle.

      Bruning - 2012-09-21 16:19


      sanet.oelofse - 2012-09-21 16:59

      And claimed it as innovation...

  • hermann.schwindt - 2012-09-21 16:22

    This is really getting absurd now. What is next? The wheel?

  • martin.marais.90 - 2012-09-21 16:58

    Apple brought the wrath of the world on themself!!!

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