April 17, 2012

Introducing the Innovator's Patent Agreement

Adam Messinger, Twitter VP of Engineering, announcing the new Inventor's Patent Agreement for safe guarding the rights to employee inventions:

“The IPA is a new way to do patent assignment that keeps control in the hands of engineers and designers. It is a commitment from Twitter to our employees that patents can only be used for defensive purposes. We will not use the patents from employees’ inventions in offensive litigation without their permission. What’s more, this control flows with the patents, so if we sold them to others, they could only use them as the inventor intended.”

The US Congress has only made patenting and trademarking a deeper morass recently. If that body won't fix things, perhaps industry will.