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.

Twitter declares neutrality in the tech patent war

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 calls on industry not to abuse patent system, announces Innovator's Patent Agreement

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Wed 18 Apr 12 from Techspot

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Wed 18 Apr 12 from CNN

Twitter proposes patent agreement

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Wed 18 Apr 12 from BBC Technology

Twitter to limit use of patents in lawsuits

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Wed 18 Apr 12 from Reuters Technology

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Tue 17 Apr 12 from Arstechnica

Twitter's Responsible, Inoffensive Patents Plan

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Wed 18 Apr 12 from Fastcompany Tech

Twitter Empowers Engineers with New Patent Agreement

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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