How Apple's Legal Win Over Samsung Will Affect Users, Technology, Design and the World

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Tue, Aug 28th, 2012 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Now that the dust has settled, The Atlantic's Alexis C. Madrigal looks at how everyone -- whether you buy, make or design smartphones -- "will be affected by Apple's big patent win over Samsung." Amusingly, Microsoft came out on top in this one.

Bill Flora, creative director at a design firm in Seattle called Tectonic, acknowledged both positive and negative feelings about the verdict...

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. Mr. Flora is concerned, for example, that Apple's patent on the pinch-to-zoom function covers a gesture that now is so common that touch screen products without it would be like cars with square or triangular steering wheels. "It's very much like a circular steering wheel," he said.

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