Innovator's Patent Agreement (IPA)
Definition - What does Innovator's Patent Agreement (IPA) mean?
The IPA represents a move toward patent reform at a time when many technology companies are buying up patents and using them to sue the companies that employ them as a business strategy.
Techopedia explains Innovator's Patent Agreement (IPA)
The engineers who do much of the innovating in the tech world often resent patents as legal stunts. Twitter's IPA appears to be an effort to take the lead in making the tech industry a less hostile space, by giving engineers greater control of their inventions. On the flipside, critics of Twitter's IPA contend that the technical definition of "defensive" is too broad and that it does nothing to cure the root of the problem, which is the legal system itself.