Apple recently dished out a new clock app for iPad in its iOS 6 update. As soon as the update was out, it was discovered that the design of the analog clock used by the new iPad clock app is identical to the design of clocks used on the stations of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB).
Soon SBB released a statement citing that it held the rights to the design of the clock and that Apple had made use of the design without first seeking permission from it. It also cited that the design was originally created as far back as 1944 and has since been used across multiple railway stations in Switzerland.
Now, a spokeswoman for SBB has revealed that Apple is set to meet up SBB officials in the next few days. The meeting has been scheduled to discuss the issue and had been requested by SBB lawyers. Another interesting twist to the whole story is that SBB has also stated that it isn’t seeking any money from Apple as damages for having used the design.
In fact, SBB says that it is “rather proud that a brand as important as Apple is using our design.” In that case, we do wonder what exactly are SBB’s legal actions aimed at.