Swiss railway weighs challenge to Apple over trademark clock
ZURICH (REUTERS) - Swiss railway operator Swiss Federal Railways (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.”
Mondaine Group, the company that has held the licence since 1986 to make clocks and wristwatches for consumers based on the 20th-century design classic, said it would also challenge Apple.