Trademark Issue with New Apple Clock?

by T+B Blog Team on September 25, 2012

The Swiss Federal Railway Service (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen or SBB) may be drafting a legal complaint or, perhaps, negotiating a licensing deal surrounding Apple’s new iOS 6 operating system for the iPad. The clock featured in the new software resembles a 1944 design commonly seen in Swiss rail stations. The trademark is owned by SBB, which licenses it to other companies, including Mondaine, a Swiss watch manufacturer.

A spokesman for SBB told Bloomberg Businessweek that discussions are underway with Apple and a resolution is expected soon, while noting that cooperation would be a win-win for both companies.

According to CNET, this isn’t the first Apple clock controversy. Back in 2009, Apple notified Tapbots, an app developer, that the clock icon used in its pocket converter app looked similar to Apple’s own telephone app. Tapbots then changed its design.

What’s your favorite timepiece design?

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