After numerous lawsuits against other companies Apple finally came up against one that they just couldn’t get away from. Apple realized that the clock design in their new operating system, iOS6 was similar to a design made by a company over 60 years ago.
Luckily for Apple, this particular company did not go through the courts throwing lawyers and lawsuits to make ends meet, in fact all they did was point out to Apple that their clock looks very similar to theirs, designed by Hans Hilfiker over 60 years ago. It does seem though that being polite has its own pros as the company is question, SBB released a statement stating that Apple has agreed to pay for the right to use the design on the iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches.
The exact details of the licensing agreement will remain confidential so we cannot tell exactly what Apple are having to pay out to SBB but I wonder if it is a small fraction of what Apple are wanting Samsung to pay out to them.
Apple appears to come down like a ton of bricks on any company that even ever so slightly infringes on any faucet of their designs or systems. It is a welcome change to see Apple play the good guy for once and work it out in a manner that doesn’t required expensive lawyers, large payouts and banning of products. The way their recent court cases against Samsung have been going all around the world with a tit for tat battle, Apple have shown that they actually can work things out like a civilized company as opposed to one rooting for money from every possible avenue.
So, do you think that Apple is too cautious in the way they deal with infringements or are they just protecting what they think is their designs? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook.
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