Apple takes some heat for its iOS clock design

Apple takes some heat for its iOS clock designOver the last couple of years the courtrooms across our fair planet have played host to more than their fair share of legal dramas involving a certain fruity firm from California. We've had Apple v Motorola, Apple v HTC and – we're pretty sure you haven't forgotten – the small matter of Apple v Samsung.

But one legal battle we've never had before – I think it's safe to say – is Swiss Federal Railways v Apple.

No, a fortnight of iPhone 5 over-exposure hasn't left you delusional. You really did just read the words Swiss Federal Railways. And while this is probably the least significant Apple-related stories you're likely to have read in that time, what the hell – it's Saturday

So what's their beef with Apple? You've probably worked it out for yourself from the picture above (well, and the headline to be fair). It says the Apple digital clock is a direct rip-off of its own railway clock. It's hard to argue, either. Take away the rail service's logo and the designs are for all intents and purposes identical.

A bit of a non-issue, you might be thinking, but let's not forget this is a nation famed for its watches, clocks and a ridiculously punctual rail system (wonder what that feels like). Switzerland is clearly big on time.

The real point here, though, is that Apple doesn't live on a different plane to anyone else when it comes to wanting to emulate good design seen elsewhere. And given its willingness to lay the legal smackdown on others, maybe there would be a bit of justice in seeing Apple squirming in court just a little.

Via Slashgear

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Pondlife  Sep. 22, 2012 at 14:06

Will so be settled long before a court gets near it. Not really attractive anyway, so maybe they'll pay a small sum and pick another one to copy.

Saw a ludicrous Apple fan saying it wasn't similar and then when pushed that the lack of a metal framing made it dissimilar enough.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 22, 2012 at 14:18

I'm speechless...

Pondlife  Sep. 22, 2012 at 14:20

That they copied it, at how dull it is, that the swiss want money for it, that it got an article, all of these?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 22, 2012 at 14:21

yes

Pondlife  Sep. 22, 2012 at 14:36

Apparently they license the design widely including to one watch maker Mondaine. Strange really.

http://www.momastore.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay_-Large-Swiss-Railway-Clock_10451_10001_54429_-1_26663_11551

$400 oO

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 22, 2012 at 14:46

o_O

ian2606  Sep. 22, 2012 at 21:47

Its ok for Apple to copy.......but not for anyone to copy Apple.......This is what it seems like.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 22, 2012 at 22:45

Its ok for Apple to copy.......but not for anyone to copy Apple.......This is what it seems like.

Ian, hi! This search took all of 5 minutes:

RIM sues Samsung http://news.cnet.com/2100-1036_3-6142750.html
'Hollywood' sues Samsung http://www.engadget.com/2006/02/20/samsung-sued-over-dvd-duping-by-discontinued-player/
Sprint and Samsung sued http://www.engadget.com/2005/11/29/sprint-and-samsung-sued-for-touch-screen-flip-phone/

Nokia and Samsung sued http://www.cio.com/article/27812/Nokia_Samsung_Sued_Over_Bluetooth_Patents

Chunghwa, LG, Samsung Sued Over LCD Patents http://www.law360.com/technology/articles/17917/chunghwa-lg-samsung-sued-over-lcd-patents

Rambus Sues Samsung Over DRAM Patents http://www.eweek.com/c/a/IT-Management/Rambus-Sues-Samsung-Over-DRAM-Patents/

Samsung, other chip makers sued for price fixing http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2003125865_dramsuit14.html?syndication=rss

Matsushita sued by Samsung for patent violations http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2005/12/07/matsushita_sued_by_samsung_for_patent_violations

Sharp sues Samsung http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1001766/sharp-sues-samsung-lcd-patents

Samsung sues Sharp http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aEycPrxgAASc&refer=japan

^ None involve Apple being vindictive. All pre-iPhone. And I picked Samsung as a search term for obvious reasons. You can play this for the rest of your life, with any corporation! Trust me.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DuQ1tegARsg/UDo9JUiSeBI/AAAAAAAAATM/hxnmsaIp6k0/s550/pyramid-tablet-shows-at-nbc-the-office-show-2.jpg

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 23, 2012 at 19:07

That they copied it, at how dull it is, that the swiss want money for it, that it got an article, all of these?
All of them, simultaneously.

ian2606  Sep. 23, 2012 at 21:00

@janSt.
I'm on about Apple not other companies. It just seems Apple can do no wrong and whatever they like. They seem to get away with things other companies don't.

Pondlife  Sep. 23, 2012 at 21:29

Would it help then if I said Apple did lose a case against Creative Labs for copying their ui?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 23, 2012 at 21:55

@janSt.
I'm on about Apple not other companies. It just seems Apple can do no wrong and whatever they like. They seem to get away with things other companies don't.


You are wrong. It's called 'selective perception' :p

Here => http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Apple+lost+lawsuit

Also, consider the Foxconn issue. Everything sh*t blows up, it's the "Apple factory", the "iPhone factory", etc etc... Foxconn work for many corporations, including HP, Sony (Ericsson) etc etc....

Not saying, that makes Apple 'innocent', but there's cleary a level of selective (deceptive) reporting involved.




Q: What is your impression of Foxconn, which has some of the world’s biggest factories and is China’s biggest export machine?

A:
Foxconn is not good. But if we compare all industries, electronics, textile, toys, Foxconn is one of the best. The biggest problem for Foxconn is the workers are working under a lot of pressure. They’re standing 10 to 11 hours a day. Foxconn treats the workers like they are machines.

From the NY Times http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/q-and-a-with-li-qiang-of-china-labor-watch/

And Li Qiang's reasons for owning an iPhone http://blog.laptopmag.com/labor-activist-apple-best-at-auditing-factories-still-not-doing-enough

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