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Apple Pays $21 Million to Swiss Railways for Clock-Face License

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When Apple recently updated their iOS operating system with a new clock which looked remarkably similar to the protected design of the Swiss Railways, the company hurriedly signed a license agreement with the railways, but did not say how much it paid.

It has now been revealed that the unauthorised use of the clock design cost the company 20 million Swiss francs (USD21 million) for the license and for past infractions.

The Tages-Anzeiger reported the figure on its website, quoting several unnamed sources.

The clock-face was designed in 1944 by Swiss engineer Hans Hilfiker and is still used in stations across the country, as well as being licensed as an icon of the railway's famous punctuality.

The railway company told AFP that they were quite proud that a company such as Apple would want to reproduce the design in its products.

On the web: Tages-Anzeiger via AFP

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