Twitter Gambles on a Patent Plan

May 14, 2012 - from Wall Street Journal

Twitter is trying to create a new movement among tech start-ups that limits software patent litigation. Twitter’s “Innovator’s Patent Agreement,” which was introduced last month, prevents the company from suing others for patent infringement unless it’s acting defensively or the employees whose creations were patented give it permission to do so. If tech founders adopt Twitter-like agreements, software engineers will be able to create new products that build on others’ innovations without as much fear they will trigger lawsuits, supporters say.

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