Iconic clock design stolen by Apple?

News of Apple patenting everything from design to methodology can be found in just about any media outlet.  So when it comes to Apple patents, people may say to themselves, “Not this again.”  On the other hand, when it comes to people accusing Apple of copying an idea without providing the proper license or credit, people may say, “Finally!”

In this segment of today’s news, we find that Apple is being accused of copying an iconic clock design of Hans Hilfiker—a well-known Swiss engineer and designer.  The picture below depicts the recently added clock design update in the iPad, and right next to it is the clock design which the Swiss Federal Railway owns the trademark to.

 Iconic clock design stolen by Apple?

In a recent publishing, a Swedish Swiss newspaper had this to say:

“SBB is the sole owner of the trademark and copyright of the railway clock. The railway company will now get in touch with Apple. The aim is a legal, as well as a financial solution. It is not right that one [Apple] simply copies the design.”

Apparently, Apple did not contact the rightful owner of the trademarked design before making it available in the iPad.  Several months ago, a Chinese firm took home $60 million from Apple because the court in China found that Apple wrongfully used the iPad name without proper consent.  The details regarding the Proview vs. Apple case was perhap a little murky, but there’s no denying that the new iPad clock design looks almost exactly like the SBB’s trademarked clock design. 

Is this a “Finally!” moment?  Or will Apple get away scratch-free?

Note: Sweden and Switzerland are two differerent countries.  A slip of the tongue, apologies.