Apple Fixes Licensing Problem with Copy of Swiss Railway Clock

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Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and Apple have reached an agreement on the use of SBB's station clock on certain devices such as iPads and iPhones.

Apple had copied the design for its iOS 6 software, but without first securing a license from the railway who own the copyright.

For the use of the clockface on Apple devices, the parties have negotiated an arrangement that enables Apple to use the SBB station clock under a licence agreement. The parties have agreed that the amount of the licensing fee and any further details of the licensing arrangement will remain confidential.

The SBB station clock was designed for the company in 1944 by the engineer and designer Hans Hilfiker. A special feature of the clockface is its striking red second hand in the shape of a railway guard's signalling disc.

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A Swiss railway clock at Zürich HB

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