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(C|Net)   Proving that time really is money, Apple's stolen clock design costs them $21 million to license from Swiss railway service   ( news.cnet.com) divider line
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4170 clicks; posted to Geek » on 13 Nov 2012 at 2:46 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-11-13 06:47:55 PM  
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Good for them. It IS a distinctive design. Remember it was created in 1944 and the Swiss Railway owns the design. I remember seeing the design in a Industrial design class as one of the classics of 20th century design. They also license the design "for money" to a watch company....it's not public domain, it's a property and revenue maker for the Swiss Railways.
2012-11-13 05:20:19 PM  
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Kinek: Admittedly, maybe they could have changed the color, but I still find this arbitrary and stupid.

I wonder if they would have gotten away for it if not for those meddling attorneys the bulb on the end of the second hand. That's the one odd bit that really sticks out to me.
2012-11-13 03:15:41 PM  
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bingethinker: Maybe it's based on the fact that it's not all that distinctive as a design. I've seen others pretty similar. I'd laugh if somebody saw this and sued the Swiss railway service for stealing their design.

Were those similar ones created before 1944? I mean this is a very famous design, "Hilfiker's design has been honored by both the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the London Design Museum and has become a symbol of Swiss punctuality."
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