Twitter declares neutrality in the tech patent war
News updates all day from your Fast Company editors.Twitter published something unusual late yesterday, something not akin to its usual blog posts about security or site changes: It's a manifesto for more responsible use of patents. In "The Innovator's Patent Agreement" the site says it understands how patents are vital to protect IP but worries about "how they may be used to impeded the innovation of others." Hence it's new promise to Keep control "in the hands of engineers and designers" and only to use it's patent portfolio "for defensive purposes." As well as sounding eminently sensible in an era of billion-dollar patent cases that some worry may set a wicked precedent for software IP, the move should dispel worries Twitter will offensively use its patent on "pull down to refresh" gestures, increasingly found in mobile apps--particularly on iOS.
The company will hand control of its patents to the employees responsible for inventions, promising to use them for "defensive purposes" only.
Wed 18 Apr 12 from Newscientist
Twitter has taken a stand against the industry's escalating patent abuse by outlining new policies for their patents and promising to only use them for defensive purposes -- asserting infringement ...
Wed 18 Apr 12 from Techspot
Twitter announced an internal patent agreement on Tuesday that it says will empower designers and engineers -- as well as hopefully begin a movement to quell the tech world's rash of patent ...
Wed 18 Apr 12 from CNN
Wed 18 Apr 12 from Ubergizmo
Twitter plans to put its engineers and designers in charge of how their patents are used.
Wed 18 Apr 12 from BBC Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter said on Tuesday that it would structure its patents so they could not be used for offensive litigation purposes without permission from the people who developed ...
Wed 18 Apr 12 from Reuters Technology
Twitter to limit use of patents in lawsuits, Tue 17 Apr 12 from Reuters Technology
Twitter today unveiled a bold new commitment that will be made in writing to its employees—the company will not use any patents derived from employee inventions in offensive lawsuits without ...
Tue 17 Apr 12 from Arstechnica
News updates all day from your Fast Company editors.Twitter published something unusual late yesterday, something not akin to its usual blog posts about security or site changes: It's a ...
Wed 18 Apr 12 from Fastcompany Tech
Twitter, in what it says is an act of good will to its engineers and designers, announced a new patent agreement that gives control back to inventors in potential patent legal suits. Twitter ...
Tue 17 Apr 12 from Bits NY Times
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