I don't follow the news about litigation between the megacorps. I know that design patents cause problems for manufacturers of hardware such as tablets, but are they causing problems for software developers?
This design patent certainly sounds like it could cause problems for software developers, but it depends on how much scope judges generally give to design patents. I mean, every pair of scissors has a design patent or "patent pending" stamped somewhere, but that doesn't stop thousands of companies from making scissors. In the household utensils world, design patents are only as broad as copyright - a product would have to be pretty much an exact copy for anyone to have a case.
Are design patents like that for software, or are they posing real problems?