Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Twitter Announces Innovator?s Patent Agreement, Gives IP Control To Engineers And Designers
It looks like?Twitter is taking a fresh approach to the huge, expensive mess that is the US patent system, as outlined in a just-published?blog post. The post summarizes something that Twitter is calling the Innovator's Patent Agreement, which would commit the company to only use employee-invented patents defensively ? any offensive litigation could only happen through the approval of the inventor. In other words, Twitter is saying that it only wants to hold patents to make sure it doesn't get sued by other patent holders ? it won't sue other companies without employee approval. Twitter says that even if it sold its patents, that inventor approval restriction would still apply.