SBB to Apple: You stole our clock!

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Sep 22, 2012
  1. IBNobody
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    http://www.timeslive...ng-iconic-clock

    It looks like the Swiss Railway operator SBB is going to sue Apple because Apple stole their clock and stuffed it into iOS6. SBB has a design patent on the clock design.

    Design patents work both ways, Apple. You can't sue over rounded rectangles and then steal someone else's iconic design.

    SBB's Clock
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Apple's Clock
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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    Apple: WE STEAL EVERYTHING FROM OTHERS BUT THEY CAN'T STEAL FROM US!!!! XD
     
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    I think we all know what time it is...
     
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    Defense Lawyer for Apple: Tries to prove they didn't steal a clock design...
     
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    Global Moderator TwinRetro Don't start nothin', Won't be nothin'

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    Yeah...That's pretty much all that needs to be said.
     
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    I'm not sure clock designs can be considered "iconic" unless they're 16 storeys tall and in the middle of London.
     
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    Possible situations, in order.

    1 - Apple changes the clock design to avoid the problem and not have to pay anything external.

    2 - It goes to court and either Apple is forced to change, or it's ruled that iDevices are not a competing device to the railroad company, and this will come as a shock to Apple because "not a competing company" is a concept they don't understand. Court therefore takes five weeks since they need to explain the concept.

    3 - Apple makes an agreement with the company to pay them licensing fees, as the company is requesting. A day later, plasma will rain from the sky as it will turn out the Mayans were right, and we'll flee the planet and go into the arms of our new space-ape alien overlords for protection.
     
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    in a lawsuit.
     
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    Who knows? XD
     
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    It says they're requesting licensing fees so it's likely they're the holder of the IP, and they just hire a manufacturing company to product the physical displays.

    Kind of like how Foxconn and such produce lots of the internal parts for Apple devices.

    In that case a comedy "news" site put it up and other sites thought it was real.

    You know, like how sometimes "news" from The Onion is reported as real by other sites that don't realize it.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=the+onion+news+thought+real
    (Tons of examples there.)
     
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    All this fuss over a clock?

    This will be one court case to watch.
     
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    I wonder if Apple have got the hint yet?
     
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    That does look extremely similar. Hell, even the weird red hand with the ball at the end is the same.
     
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    This seems like something which could have been a mistake on a designer's part.
    Apple will settle out of court or strike some kind of deal, make a quick update to iOS rectifying this and there's no damage done.
     
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    Yeah, it's so close it could lead to customer confusion! And we all know how much Apple hates that!
     
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    this time appl$ have gone too far the gears are finally turning and someone has to stop them it seems these guys have the upper hand and it's cause for alarm

    - beat that :creep:
     
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    Any time, and day!
     
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    or sue them back and claim they came up with the idea than bribe the judge and get away with it yet again.
     
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    I guess you could say Apple's time...
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    ...Is up
     
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