Twitter Grabs 900 Big Blue Patents

Social media giant Twitter is meeting computing giant IBM on the patent field. The microblogging service has acquired more than 900 patents from Big Blue.

"This acquisition of patents from IBM and licensing agreement provides us with greater intellectual property protection and gives us freedom of action to innovate on behalf of all those who use our service," said Ben Lee, Legal Director for Twitter. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The companies also entered into a patent cross-license agreement. The deal was stuck about two months after Twitter acknowledged that IBM had accused it of violating three of its patents relating to advertising. In November, IBM alleged that Twitter infringed U.S. patents 6,957,224, "efficient retrieval of uniform resource locators"; 7,072,849, "method for presenting advertising in an interactive service"; and 7,099,862, "programmatic discovery of common contacts." This deal appears to have squashed a potentially messy patent lawsuit.

EUWe are pleased to reach this agreement with Twitter because it illustrates the value of patented IBM inventions and demonstrates our commitment to licensing access to our broad patent portfolio,EU said Ken King, General Manager of Intellectual Property for IBM. EUWe look forward to a productive relationship with Twitter in the future.EU

IBM: A Patent Behemoth

IBM is a patent-holding behemoth. In 2013, the companyEUs inventors received a record-setting 6,809 patents. ThatEUs the 21st consecutive year the company topped the annual list of U.S. patent leaders.

IBM's 2013 patent results represent a diverse range of inventions the company believes will drive significant innovations that will position it to compete and lead in strategic areas. Big BlueEUs 2013 patent awards include innovations around IBMEUs Watson, cloud computing, big data and analytics. These inventions will also advance the new era of cognitive systems where machines will learn, reason and interact with people in more natural ways.

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