Apple paid $21 Million for Clock Icon to Swiss Federal Railways

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Clock in iOS 6

Clock in iOS 6

Apple has paid $21 Million to Swiss Federal Railways so they can use the railway’s clock design in iOS 6.

With many new features, Apple also released a new clock for the iPad version of iOS 6 back in September. But the design of the clock was claimed to be copied from the Swiss Federal Railways. So the Swiss Federal were going to sue Apple, but the tech giant agreed to pay 21 million dollar to license the use of clock’s design in iOS 6.

Clock at Swiss Federal Railways

Clock at Swiss Federal Railways

The local Swiss publication reported this news and much more detail about this issue such as terms & conditions are still unknown.

For Apple, which is multi-billion dollar company, $21 million might not be a huge sum of money. But it seems a terrible amount just for the use of clock icon. Instead of wasting that money, Apple could have just designed a new clock.

If just a clock design is worth this, imagine how much money is involved when companies go after each other in patent war with hardware & software elements or devices. No wonder Samsung paid one billion some months back due to patent void issue with Apple.

So, what do you think. Was it worth for Apple to pay?