On March 19, 2013, a patent was issued to individuals Twitter. The patent is awarded for “tweeting” which is technically titled under the patent as a “Device Independent Message Distribution Platform.”
A provisional patent application was filed in July, 2007, so the question of whether the devise was sufficiently novel, useful, and non-obvious is determined as of that time. According the Patent Office, Twitter had a patentable method of distributing messages independently of the sending or receiving devices and “beneficially allows for device independent point to multipoint communication.” For more detailed information see U.S. Patent No. 8,401,009.
- Roger M. Groves, director of business law certificate program, Florida Coastal School of Law