The Swiss Federal Railways service (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen or SBB) has fired off a complaint against Apple alleging the iPhone maker of copying its iconic clock face with iOS 6.
In a report from The Associated Press, an SBB spokesman said that the iOS 6 clock face is “identical” to the iconic clock face used by the SBB on train stations since 1944.
“We are proud that this icon of clock design is being used by a globally successful company,” SBB spokesman Reto Kormann is quoted as saying.
However, the spokesman said that Apple did not get permission from the SBB to use the clock face on iOS 6.
Below are photos of the iOS 6 clock and the Swiss railway clock face.
The iconic SBB clock design was designed by former SBB employee Hans Hilfiker and is currently licensed to Swiss watch maker Mondaine.
The instantly-recognizable design, which can be seen on all clocks in railway stations operated by the SBB in Switzerland, is said to signify the timeliness of the Swiss people.
The SBB holds legal rights to the design as it has been registered at the Swiss registry.
Meanwhile, according to Kormann, the SBB has approached Apple and told them that the rights for the clock design is theirs.
The SBB will be seeking an “amicable agreement” with Apple, the AP reports.
Apple is yet to release a statement about the controversy over its iOS 6 clock face.
Apple has been a staunch defender of its designs. Recently, it won a massive case through a jury verdict against Samsung where it said its South Korean rival “slavishly copy” its designs.
In the case, Apple used patents it has on the look and feel of its devices as well as iOS which runs the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Apple won a huge damages award amounting to over $1 billion but the company is reportedly asking federal judge Lucy Koh to triple that amount to more than $3 billion using the jury verdict of willful infringement on Samsung’s part.
Meanwhile, Apple’s iOS 6 mobile operating system was recently released by Apple as it has also started releasing its latest smartphone, the iPhone 5.
The new OS has had a fast deployment on Apple devices with 15 percent of iOS devices reportedly updated by their owners to the latest OS.
However, a lot have been complaining about iOS 6, specifically its maps feature. Apple replaced Google Maps by an in-house app.
You can see iOS 6 maps fails in this Tumblr blog.