The Swiss Federal Railway Service was happy to see the design being used but they were quite upset to see its clock design featured on Apples new iOS release without their permission. Fortunately, it seems that Apple and the Swiss Federal Railway Service have settled their issues with some type of licensing deal. The amounts being paid by Apple to use the image have not been released.
All of this comes at a time when it seems like every company is out for blood in this new, ‘wild west’ of portable technology. Every detail of every product including it’s software is under scrutiny, and in this case it’s definitely an infringement on Apple’s part. Often though the answers aren’t so obvious and we begin to question just what should and should not be patented and protected by the law.
One example of something that I think should be universal to all touch devices is the gesture. Gestures are an absolute necessity for any touch device and trying to come up with anything else to replace the “original” set of gestures is just silly. Nick Wingfield, a content contributor for the New York Times, likened recreating gestures to placing square wheels on a car. I’m not saying that Apple shouldn’t get any credit for initially incorporating these features but locking them down and trying to pull them away from competitors is silly, at least for gestures.
Either way I’m glad to see that Apple and the Swiss Federal Railway Service have reached an agreement.