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?
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