Bill Flora, creative director at a design firm in Seattle called Tectonic, acknowledged both positive and negative feelings about the verdict. On the one hand, it could force mobile companies to focus more on design rather than simply acting as copycats, said Mr. Flora, a former Microsoft designer who played a central role in creating the look of its Windows Phone software.Might Microsoft win? Possibly. But they also might fall victim to a minefield or two. At the time of publication, the author had no positions in any of the stocks mentioned in this column. This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.
But he said the decision could also create a "minefield" for product designers, in which they are constantly second-guessing whether functions will step on someone else's patents.