Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Apr 2012 21:57 UTC, submitted by Drake
Legal Say what you want about Twitter - pointless, annoying, noise, useless - at least the company has its heart in the right place. Twitter just announced the Innovator's Patent Agreement, a promise not use their or their employees' patents offensively. In a world where yesterday's innovators are today's patent trolls - Apple, Microsoft, Oracle - this is a big deal.
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They might change their tune
by WorknMan on Wed 18th Apr 2012 01:21 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

The companies that are currently being 'sue happy' with their patents might change their tune if they get seriously p0wned by a patent lawsuit or two. If they end up having to pay millions for violating somebody's finger gesture patent (or something equally a stupid), perhaps they'll come to the realization that the patent profit margin isn't worth all of the bullshit.

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cyrilleberger Member since:
2006-02-01

You mean, like Microsoft:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jun/10/microsoft-canada-i... (290milions$)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eolas (~30milions$)
...

Those are considered collateral damages, the big companies still gain more from patents than the occasional loss, either by licensing or by locking the market.

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