Archive | April, 2012

Twitter’s IPA: does it live up to the hype?

Twitter is being lauded for its “revolutionary” Innovator’s Patent Agreement (IPA), on the basis that it purports to “put ownership of patents back in the hands of the inventors”.  But what does it actually do? Twitter posted the IPA recently here and invited comments.  Quick commentary in the Twittersphere (suitably) was wholly favourable and lauded […]

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An “object” clause is not necessarily a promise, says Federal Court of Appeal

It used to be common practice to include an “object clause” in a patent specification to clearly set out an over-arching objective of the invention.  Many granted patents have multiple object clauses, setting out a number of goals for the invention.  This practice died away as patent drafters came to realize that courts may interpret […]

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