In theory. The Twitter Innovator’s Patent Agreement is a way for engineers creating some of Twitter’s features and technologies to file patents for their creations, but not to become “patent trolls”, so to speak, and go on the offensive, suing other companies and individuals over patents/ideas. In fact, the only applicable use of an offensive lawsuit based upon infringed property would be in the defense. In other words, it lets engineers and other stakeholders significant control over how their property might be used in litigation.
All of this comes from today’s official Twitter blog post, stating that, patents “may be used to impede the innovation of others,” and the Innovator’s Patent Agreement is built around the idea of not doing that. In fact, there’s already positive feedback on the new agreement: Loren Brichter, who worked on the Twitter app for more than a year and developed the iconic (and now also a pending patent application) pull-to-refresh gesture, jovially tweeted about it. Via: Innovator’s Patent Agreement