Could Twitter's patent approach turn off investors?

10/18/2013 | Bloomberg

Twitter has been more willing than other tech companies to let its engineers and designers keep ownership of their inventions, both in an effort to limit patent litigation and to attract top engineers, but its lack of patents could make the company less appealing to investors, analysts say. "The more that IP is protected, the less infringement opportunity there is, and therefore, would increase the valuation," said Peter Adriaens, a business professor at the University of Michigan.

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