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updated: 10/12/2012 10:24 AM

Swiss rail licenses use of iconic clocks to Apple

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Associated Press

GENEVA -- Apple Inc. has struck a deal with Switzerland's national rail company to license the use of its iconic station clocks for the iOS 6 operating system, which is used by iPhone and iPad mobile devices.

Swiss Federal Railways, or SBB, says the two parties have signed a licensing agreement, ending their dispute over Apple's use of round clock faces with black indicators except for the second hand, which is red.

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SBB had approached Apple to tell the company that it owned the clock design.

In a statement Friday, it said the deal's terms including the amount of the licensing fee would remain confidential.

Engineer and designer Hans Hilfiker developed the SBB railway clock in 1944.

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