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The big distinction that seems to be getting missed is that Apple isn't selling wall clocks with this design. So they aren't remotely competing with the designs that they 'copy' from.

Samsung is copying Apple, arguably intentionally, to create directly competing products.

This is a very different thing.

Nice reframing there. The Mondaine clockface isn't just used in wall clocks.

I'm not saying Apple is right. I'm saying the contexts are wildly different. They probably ought to cough up some sort of fee, or change if the designers don't want them to use it.

But one face on one app of a multifunction device is simply not the same as aping a plurality of features and designs of a competing device.

Phones compete with watches though.

Personally, I don't really care about people making knockoff Mondaine watches, I just find this funny and feel it is that peculiar form of justice that is generally known as "live by the sword, die by the sword".

Is like cannibals being left to their own devices till they get bored and eat each other.

I'd go so far as to say that phones compete with watches and physical clocks. I personally can't stand to wear a watch, and I almost always have an electronic device on my person. I don't even own a traditional clock anymore.

'Apple makes digital copy of physical clock' ... "Is like cannibals being left to their own devices till they get bored and eat each other."

That escalated quickly.

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