It was last month when the Swiss Federal Railway Service had blamed Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) of infringing their iconic clock design by using it in the iOS 6 clock application. However, after a few days, both the companies would be meeting to engage in discussions on methods of finding remedy to the issues. Apple has recently agreed to pay SBB for using the design of the clock application.
Both the firms have agreed on a fair price and signed a licensing agreement. However, none of the firms has exposed how much the agreement was worth of. It will probably be out soon, either through an official declaration or from an analyst from inside. However, it may not be as much as Samsung had forked out.
The iconic Swiss clock was designed back in 1944 by Hans Hilfiker, who was a SBB worker himself. The clock is completely identical to the one on Apple’s version in iOS 6. It is the same black dashes with the thick hour and minute hand and the red dot at the end of the second hand. The design is licensed to a Swiss watch maker, Mondaine. Essentially, Apple was certainly violating and they could have easily proceeded to the court and lost the game.
The two companies have decided to sit down together and fight out the situation like gentlemen whole zeroing down to an agreement without any drama before the judge. This seems to be an ideal option as Apple is clearly sick of being in courtrooms and the SBB did not want to deal with a court in the first place.
An SBB spokesman has told Reuters that SBB is not hurt by the happening but is proud that its iconic watch design has been used internationally.