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Innovator’s Patent Agreement →

Adam Messinger:

The IPA is a new way to do patent assignment that keeps control in the hands of engineers and designers. 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. What’s more, this control flows with the patents, so if we sold them to others, they could only use them as the inventor intended.

Twitter just introduced the Innovator’s Patent Agreement. With this agreement the company guarantees its engineers and designers that they will use patents only for defense purposes. This is great news. Now we have to hope that more companies are going to implement the IPA and that they do not become Yahoo.

The text of the IPA can be found on Github.

Ein weiteres Beispiel für die Unsinnigkeit von Softwarepatenten

Microsoft hat im Februar 2004 folgendes Patent eingereicht und am 20. Mai zugesprochen bekommen:

A system, method, and computer readable medium for the proactive detection of malware in operating systems that receive application programming interface (API) calls is provided. A virtual operating environment for simulating the execution of programs and determining if the programs are malware is created. The virtual operating environment confines potential malware so that the systems of the host operating environment will not be adversely effected. During simulation, a behavior signature is generated based on the API calls issued by potential malware. The behavior signature is suitable for analysis to determine whether the simulated executable is malware. Link. via.

Ein proaktiver Virenscanner also und das schon 2004, wie innovativ. Diese Microsoftentwickler sind einfach grandiose Genies.