Swiss railway weighs challenge to Apple over trademark clock

Couple stands in front of a Swiss railway clock as they check the departure times of trains at the central station in ZurichZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss railway operator SBB and a Swiss watchmaker are considering challenging Apple over the striking similarity between the country's trademark station clocks and the clock on a new operating system for the iPad. "We now have to agree on the legal framework between SBB and Apple," SBB spokesman Reto Kormann said, adding that Swiss railways still held the trademark for the emblematic clock designed by Zurich-born engineer Hans Hilfiker in 1944. "SBB isn't hurt, but proud that his icon of watch design is being used by a globally active and successful business. …

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