The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and Apple have reached a licensing agreement that’ll let Apple use the SBB’s iconic clock design in iOS 6. Last month, the Swiss national railway criticized Apple for copying the look of the classic clock face without permission in the clock app on the iPad.

Engineer and designer Hans Hilfiker designed the railway station clock in 1944. It has since become an icon for Swiss innovation and reliability, and its design is present in train stations throughout Europe.

Rather than ban Apple from using the clock, the SBB decided to seek “an amicable agreement and compensation” with the Cupertino company. Details on the amount of money Apple had to pay to continue using the design were not revealed.

[Via The Verge]

Apple agrees to licensing terms over Swiss clock design originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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