Trending Topic: Twitter's 'Innovator's Patent Agreement'

Law360, New York (May 15, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT) -- On April 17, 2012, social media company Twitter Inc. unveiled its “Innovator’s Patent Agreement” (“IPA”), a new policy covering assignment of inventions by Twitter employees to Twitter. According to Twitter, the IPA is a new type of patent assignment agreement, which gives Twitter employee inventors more control over how their patents may be used in the future.

In the blog post announcing the effort, Twitter’s vice president of engineering, Adam Messinger, called the IPA “a significant departure” from the typical arrangement where engineers and designers irrevocably...
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