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  • Blog Post: Why the CLS Bank case matters

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the Alice v. CLS Bank, reaffirming that abstract ideas are not eligible for patent protection. The Court correctly...
  • Blog Post: Patent litigation reform needed now

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Microsoft joined nearly 400 companies and associations in calling upon the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve urgently needed patent litigation reform legislation. The Committee...
  • Blog Post: A cross-industry Partnership for American Innovation

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, Microsoft announced it has joined the newly formed Partnership for American Innovation. The partnership includes Apple, DuPont, Ford, GE, IBM and Pfizer —...
  • Blog Post: Strengthen the patent system by invalidating overly broad patents

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Friday, Microsoft filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of affirmance in the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank case. Our interest in this case is to ensure the Supreme...
  • Blog Post: More work needed to protect European Union from patent trolls

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft In less than a month, European leaders will come together to finalize the draft rules of procedure for the Unitary Patent Court. On Tuesday, a diverse cross-industry coalition...
  • Blog Post: Leading the way on patent transparency

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, the Administration issued a call to America’s innovation community to help strengthen the patent system by providing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office the...
  • Blog Post: Collaboration, Competition and IP in the Real World

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel In the last few days Microsoft has made a number of announcements that reflect the pragmatic approach the company takes on intellectual property rights and open source software. On July 20, Microsoft announced...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Voices Support for the ‘America Invents Act’

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft For six years, Congress has worked to shape a bill to modernize the U.S. patent system. Throughout this process, Microsoft has been a strong supporter of sensible reforms. Today, the Senate takes up HR 1249...
  • Blog Post: New proposals by White House Task Force on Hi-Tech Patent Issues raise concerns

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today, the White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues issued a paper containing seven legislative recommendations for patent reform designed to curb litigation abuses...
  • Blog Post: Our Licensing Deal with Samsung: How IP Drives Innovation and Collaboration

    Posted by Brad Smith & Horacio Gutierrez General Counsel & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Today, Microsoft announced a patent cross-licensing agreement with Samsung that will provide coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets. The agreement...
  • Blog Post: New White House Initiative Takes Smart Steps Toward Stronger Protection of Trade Secrets

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Today the Obama Administration unveiled a new initiative addressing an issue that is critical to American business, including the software industry: trade secret theft. In today’s globally connected...
  • Blog Post: With ZTE, Most Major Android Makers Choose Licensing

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today, we’re pleased to announce that ZTE, one of the world’s largest smartphone companies, has joined a long list of companies that have signed patent license agreements...
  • Blog Post: Improving transparency by ending anonymous patents

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft About a year ago my wife and I bought a house. Amidst all of the paperwork, loan disclosures and the like, one thing we received was a title report, confirming that the seller...
  • Blog Post: Android Patent Infringement: Licensing is the Solution

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel As you may have seen, Microsoft today filed legal actions against Barnes & Noble, Inc., Foxconn International Holdings Ltd., and Inventec Corporation in both the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. District...
  • Blog Post: Different Business Models, Common Concerns

    UPDATE: May 19, 2009 – 9:00 p.m. Pacific Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel The ALI adopted the Principles in a vote on May 19 th . We are disappointed that the ALI did not allow for additional input, and will continue to work with the Linux Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Global Challenges Await New Patent Office Director

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Yesterday President Obama announced he intends to nominate David Kappos, vice president and assistant general counsel for intellectual property at IBM, to serve as Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property...
  • Blog Post: Apple v. HTC: A Step Along the Path of Addressing IP Rights in Smartphones

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel One of the first things I do every morning once I’ve grabbed my cup of coffee is review what is new and interesting involving IP in...
  • Blog Post: A Solid Foundation for Patent Peace

    Posted by Brad Smith & Horacio Gutierrez Executive Vice President & General Counsel and Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft July 18 marked the effective date for the International Trade Commission’s order excluding from the U.S. market Motorola’s Android...
  • Blog Post: Innovation at the U.S. Patent Office: Director Kappos' Three-Track Examination Proposal

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel For more than a decade, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been criticized for long delays in the processing of patent applications and for issues around patent quality. Both can have negative impacts on innovation...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft voices support for passage of the Innovation Act

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Thursday's overwhelming bipartisan House vote to pass the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) marks a significant milestone toward enactment of common-sense reforms to curb abusive patent...
  • Blog Post: The Role of IT in Economic Recovery: Competition and Collaboration

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Intellectual Property and Licensing As the purveyor of hardware, software and services designed to help us all work more efficiently, the IT industry has a responsibility – now more than ever before – to help people...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces industry coalition on European patent system

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft We are pleased to announce Microsoft’s participation in a cross-industry coalition dedicated to the creation of an effective European unitary patent system. It’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft sues Motorola over Android patent infringements

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel As many of you may have seen, Microsoft filed an action today in the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Motorola, Inc. for infringement of nine...
  • Blog Post: The Innovation Act: An important step in patent reform

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Congress took an important step on Wednesday to curb abusive litigation practices that are harming business owners, America’s economy and innovation. The House Judiciary...
  • Blog Post: Defending Patent Quality

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in Bilski v. Kappos – a case to determine what types of business methods should be eligible for patent protection – Microsoft issued the following statement: “Microsoft has urged...