Apple Paid $21 Million to License Swiss Railway Clock?

Posted November 11, 2012 at 1:05am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 18478 views

Apple reportedly paid 20 million Swiss francs to national rail operator SBB after using its famous clock design without permission, according to the AFP.

The company agreed in October to pay the lump sum so it could continue using SBB's Swiss-designed station clock face on its iPads and iPhones, the Tages-Anzeiger daily reported on its website, quoting several unnamed sources.

The Swiss Federal Railway service (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen) accused Apple of copying their iconic clock for the iPad Clock app without permission back in September.
The clock was designed in 1944 by Swiss engineer Hans Hilfiker. At the time spokesperson Patricia Claivaz said, "We're rather proud that a brand as important as Apple is using our design."

In order an agreement between the companies was announced. "For the use of the SBB station clock on devices like iPad and iPhone, the Swiss Federal Railways SBB and Apple have agreed and signed a license agreement. The parties have agreed to give the amount of the license fee as well as other details about the Convention any further information."

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Gwyneth - November 11, 2012 at 4:07pm
Humanitarian Fund VS Ego for Apple? Are you kidding me? Of course Apple chooses Ego! Their donation was still sweet of them to do but was it done from the kindness of Apple's heart or as a cold blooded attention grabber marketing gimmick? Apple is just so pathetically insecure, so fearfully intimidated by anyone else's innovations that they have to dissect everything in the hopes of finding something that might remotely resemble anything of Apple's. Then Apple runs to sue hoping there is a daddy or mommy judge type that will give Apple the attention Apple so craves... Apple uses Samsung parts but sues Samsung for A to Z. Samsung and everyone else should just severe the ties and tell Apple to make Apple parts only to go into Apple products. Apple would be totally nowhere then! Yes I understand the probable economical impact for all companies involved but I am sick and tired of petty controlling tyrants who think they know it all because they are smarter than everyone else and who think everybody should worship the ground the ground they walk on.
Jdjs - November 11, 2012 at 11:02am
You cretins are assuming this RUMOR is legit...
Lumia1000 - November 11, 2012 at 6:02am
Apple cant even innovate a clock design, how do you expect to sort their map? Copy google map.
Someone - November 11, 2012 at 5:47am
I can't even find it on my iPhone...
Sabtain - November 11, 2012 at 5:33am
Lol at least apple gave the money I like it
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