"GOOD ARTISTS COPY. Great artists steal." (Steve Jobs, 1996, quoting Pablo Picasso). And he added for good measure: "We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas."
Yeah, yeah, you've read those lines many times before. And they no doubt get quoted at bored juries in the summing up to every intellectual property dispute in which Apple has been involved.
Apple has been accused regularly of copying and stealing throughout its 40 or so years of corporate life, not least with the iPhone. That's probably par for the course for a successful company, but do those claims have any merit?
Here's eight of the weirdest and most unlikely copying claims against Apple concerning the iPhone, with a couple thrown in that may have some merit.
8. The clock design for iOS
No-one has tried getting some kind of patent for a clock even in the bonkers intellectual property regime of the US. However, when Apple released iOS 6, its rinky-dink analogue clock bore more than a striking resemblance to the clocks used by the Swiss Federal Railway.
The design was created in 1944 (when much of the rest of the world had more important matters to be getting on with) and is copyrighted and licensed to a Swiss watch maker. Not surprisingly, therefore, Apple paid around $20m to clear the whole mess up.
Presumably, Apple's highly paid execs would have come across the design during trips to Switzerland to visit their bank accounts.
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