"Look Ma, I'm officially an inventor..."
Social Media Inventors Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone were finally issued a patent for Twitter today, after having officially filed for the patent in 2007.
Biz Stone confirmed that the patent was issued earlier today, and provided the following statement:
“Like many companies, we apply for patents on a bunch of our inventions. We also think a lot about how those patents may be used in the future, which is why we introduced the Innovator’s Patent Agreement to keep control of those patents in the hands of engineers and designers.”
We’ll see how the social media industry reacts to such a broad patent combined with such a unique and equally broad promise to avoid litigation. Twitter has very publicly promised to only use patents defensively. Twitter’s patent holds claims on virtually any service that allows messages to be sent to a large group of un-addressed recipients who follow the sender.
Look Ma, I'm officially an inventor (my dream as a kid)! http://t.co/23klC7jOUu
— Biz Stone (@biz) March 19, 2013
Recently promoted to CTO, Adam Messinger introduced the Innovators Patent Agreement (IPA)1, a scheme to give more power to engineers who create patents filed by the company. Under the agreement, a company may invoke a patent only for “defense purposes,” not for litigation, unless it has the permission of the original inventor.