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Twitter’s Innovative Patent Agreement (“IPA”) is in Play . . . .

Last spring, we reported Twitter’s introduction of a novel employee patent assignment plan called the “Innovator’s Patent Agreement” (“IPA”). In short, the IPA is a patent assignment agreement, or transfer of patent ownership from an inventor/employee to a company, where the inventor retains control over how the patent is used. Twitter’s IPA now is in play.

Twitter’s Twist on Patents

Last month, Twitter introduced a draft of a radical employee patent assignment plan that the company hopes will play a part in a world “that fosters innovation, rather than dampening it.” The popular social media platform hopes that this initiative will affect how companies use their patents, which according to Twitter, sometimes impedes the innovation of others.