Reality Check: Twitter’s patent pledge not what it seems

On Twitter’s corporate blog yesterday, the company’s engineering infrastructure VP Adam Messinger wrote that Twitter intends to implement an “Innovator’s Patent Agreement,” or “IPA,” which he characterizes as “a new way to do patent assignment that keeps control in the hands of engineers and designers.” The way Messinger explains it, Twitter is giving to the inventors it… Read More


Tech Law: A new era for startup financing documents

Startup investors Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson have an interesting take on the standardization of legal documents used in angel and venture financing. It’s found in the early chapters of their new book, “Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist.” Their perspective is that the much-wished-for, much-sought-after standardization of startup financing documents… Read More