‘Apple will pay $20.3m’ to license Swiss Railway clock

Macworld Australia Staff
12 November, 2012
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Apple has reportedly agreed to pay 20 million Swiss francs ($20.3 million) to license the Swiss Federal Railways clock for its iPad clock logo in iOS 6.

Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger [Google translation] is reporting the design of watchmaker Mondaine’s clock – which adorns Zurich’s main railway station – has been licensed to the the Cupertino-based company after the railway’s operator SSB took umbrage at its appearance in iOS 6.

According to the report the agreement will not compensate Mondaine which has been the sole licensee until now. In October, the watchmaker expressed it’s ‘surprise’ at hearing the news the SSB and Apple were coming to terms on a license.

In the press release, the company said: “Mondaine holds a long term exclusive licensee according to a contract with SBB to produce, distribute and market watches and clocks based on the SBB design since 1986 and got surprised to hear about a license agreement between SBB and Apple.”

Neither Apple nor the Swiss Federal Railways has released a statement.



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