Apple agreed copying of Swiss railway clock design, will license the use
Apple has agreed to sign a licensing agreement with the Swiss Federal Railway (SBB) for the use of the iconic station clock design. This clock design has been used for the iOS 6 operating system powering the latest Apple products iPhone and iPad.
Last month the Swiss Company SBB claimed that Apple has copied the design of its station clock for the new iPad clock app in iOS 6.
SBB has the rights over the design of the clock, and Apple has not obtained any permission from the railway board to reuse the design. The Railway Company approached Apple to tell the company that it owned the clock design.
According to a report in the Verge SBB has announced that the two companies have agreed upon and signed a licensing agreement. Neither company has disclosed how much the agreement is costing Apple.
Mondaine Group has the license of the clock design since 1986 to make clocks and wristwatches for consumers based on the 20th-century design classic. The clock was originally designed in 1944 by a Zurich-born engineer Hans Hilfiker and has achieved an icon status in Switzerland. The clock was designed to help travelers to check the time even from a distance, as they travel.
[Image 1: A station clock at the central railway station in Zurich September 21, 2012. Image 2: A close shot of a person holding up an Apple iPad with the latest operating system in this illustration picture taken in Madrid September 21, 2012. Image source: Reuters]