Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Twitter announced "Innovative Patent Agreement" to discourage patent trolling



Twitter has announced an “Innovator’s Patent Agreement”, or IPA, as explained here.   If you (as a software application developer) “assign” a patent to Twitter, then Twitter won’t use the patent for litigation except for defensive purposes.  This keeps the patent out of the purview of “trolls”.

Electronic Frontier Foundation has a discussion of how IPA works, by Julie Samuels, here

Here’s the link for the text of the IPA.

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