hypnosec writes: Microblogging service Twitter announced yesterday an internal patent agreement that gives engineers and designers more artistic control over their patents — allowing them to be used ‘defensively' as opposed to ‘offensively'. As many a techie will know, the industry is filled with plenty of patent infringement lawsuits — but a new policy dubbed the Innovator's Patent Agreement (IPA) vows that Twitter will not use the patents for offensive litigation purposes without first seeking permission from those responsible for developing them. "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," Twitter stated.
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