Social networking giant Twitter has informed that it would structure its patents so they could not be utilized for offensive litigation purposes without permission from the developers who produced them.
Innovator’s Patent Agreement
Innovator’s Patent Agreement will give legal privileges to the inventors of the patents and it will also ensure that the patent will not be used as a hindrance for the innovation of others.
The Patent agreement will give the developers a total control on their technology and the patents and it cannot be used as a tool for tangling the other companies into a legal battle without the permission of the developer.
In its official blog post Twitter wrote, “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.”
Important agreement by Twitter
The Innovator’s Patent Agreement initiated by the social networking company Twitter is an important step as due of the patent issues many tech companies are tangled in the legal battles.
Yahoo Inc and Facebook are loggerheads in a legal battle for infringing ten patents; Smart phone manufacturer Apple and Microsoft are also facing the same legal cases against each other.
According to Twitter the Innovator’s Patent Agreement will limit the use of patents and it will also apply to patents after they are sold. Twitter saw its inception in the year 2006 and since then it has no patent on its name, though sources state that Twitter has applied for few.
Eric Goldman, an associate professor at Santa Clara University School of Law said, “Unquestionably, it's an effort to define Twitter's brand in the marketplace and to signal that it’s perhaps more engineering-friendly than companies that wouldn't make such a promise.”