“Swiss national train operator SBB said 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,” AFP reports. “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.”
“‘There’s been no agreement so far, we’re going to talk about it,’ SBB press spokeswoman Patricia Claivaz told AFP, adding that the rail firm’s lawyers had requested the meeting,” AFP reports. “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.’”
AFP reports, “Instead, the railway spokeswoman 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.”
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Swiss Federal Railways accuses Apple of copying its iconic railway clock – September 21, 2012