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  • 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: Microsoft convenes panel on the relationship between consumers and copyright

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues On March 27, leading experts on copyright and innovation gathered at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C., to explore ways to promote consumer experiences, advance innovation and respect copyright. Over the last...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft, National Journal and The Atlantic convene ‘A New America’ town hall focused on Millennials and entrepreneurism

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues On Tuesday, Microsoft, National Journal and The Atlantic presented the second in their series of traveling town halls exploring the issues and challenges facing the next generation at The University of Texas at Austin. With its open and collaborative...
  • 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: Microsoft and Voxx Electronics sign licensing agreement for rear seat entertainment devices

    Posted by Simmone Misra Director, Corp. IP Licensing, Microsoft On Thursday, Microsoft announced a worldwide patent licensing agreement with Voxx Electronics, a leading provider of mobile and consumer devices. The agreement provides broad coverage for devices running the Android OS, including rear...
  • Blog Post: To Track or Not to Track? Not Just a Question, a Choice for Consumers and Industry

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft As part of our ongoing efforts to strengthen privacy for consumers, Microsoft recently announced that the next version of Internet Explorer (IE 10) will include the Do-Not-Track (DNT) feature turned “on” by default. There has...
  • Blog Post: Investment in Federal Research Enables Innovation

    Posted by Elizabeth L. Grossman Technology Strategy & Policy Why do governments and companies fund research? There are many reasons -- one is to discover new things, to restock the cache of ideas and insights that feed innovation and job creation. Another is to educate and maintain a pool of...
  • Blog Post: Needles in haystacks: The secret burden holding back our economy

    Posted by Jon Palmer Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft There’s one rarely discussed burden on today’s economy: businesses are forced to search and store massive amounts of documents on the off chance they may become evidence in court. The cost for this unnecessary exercise hits businesses...
  • Blog Post: Notice and Consent in a World of Big Data

    Posted by Peter Cullen Chief Privacy Strategist, Microsoft A privilege of working at Microsoft is being able to glimpse into the future of information technology and envision ways that society can reap the considerable benefits of Big Data— the collection, management and analysis of data on...
  • Blog Post: Privacy by Design at Microsoft

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer New technology, powerful handheld computing devices, and inexpensive data storage have enabled a wide array of online services that help people connect, collaborate and get things done. Today, more than two billion people use the Internet. That’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Shares Perspective on Climate Change Policy

    Posted by Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft As I recently blogged , Microsoft has a delegation participating in the 17 th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, otherwise known as COP17 . With those negotiations ongoing, we thought it was a good time to pull together...
  • Blog Post: Intellectual Property: The Engine of U.S. Economic Growth

    Posted by Jason Albert Associate General Counsel for IP Policy & Strategy, Microsoft Today, Victoria Espinel, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator , together with John Bryson, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and David Kappos, the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Testifies Before Senate Committee on the Future of Video

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues Microsoft Media and Entertainment Group Corporate Vice President Blair Westlake testified before the Senate Commerce Committee yesterday regarding the future of video. The hearing was titled “The Emergence of Online Video: Is It the Future...
  • Blog Post: President Obama’s Budget Boost for Science and Technology

    Posted by Fred Humphries Managing Director, U.S. Government Affairs President Obama’s proposed $3.5 trillion budget does not lack for big ideas. And that’s good. Big ideas, especially in the areas of technology development and deployment, are just what we need. As Steve Ballmer told...
  • Blog Post: IT Employment and Innovation Fostering Recovery

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs While employment in the overall U.S. economy shrank from 2008 to 2009, the number of jobs in the IT sector held steady, according to data released Tuesday by the U. S. Census Bureau. This finding supports the results of earlier...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Aspen Avionics Ink exFAT Licensing Agreement

    Posted by Simmone Misra Senior Licensing Executive, Microsoft This morning, we announced a licensing agreement with Aspen Avionics , a manufacturer of general aviation cockpit display systems. What’s noteworthy about the announcement is that it is the first agreement forged by Microsoft in the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Highlights the Potential of NUI at World Economic Forum

    Posted by Brad Smith Senior Vice President and General Counsel This year, we’re doing something a bit different at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In addition to attending sessions on the many policy and business issues that affect our company, our customers and our partners...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Testifies before Senate Committee on the Need for Consumer Privacy Laws

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues Blog After testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee today, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Erich Andersen discussed the need for steps being taken by Congress, Microsoft and others to protect consumer privacy while promoting continued...
  • Blog Post: Privacy Models: The Next Evolution

    Posted by Peter Cullen General Manager, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft We live in an environment where the amount of data being generated is increasing at a staggering pace. With it we see a corresponding growth in the potential for important benefits, both to us as individuals and as a society...
  • Blog Post: Corporate Governance at Microsoft: A Look Back and a Look Ahead

    Posted by John Seethoff Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft With the approach of Microsoft’s annual shareholders meeting on Nov. 15 th , I am excited to take a look back at some of the recent results of Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to promote the long-term interests...
  • Blog Post: Location and Privacy: Where are we headed on Data Privacy Day?

    Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Technologies and services that track, analyze and share individuals’ movements have proliferated in recent years. With more and more people connecting to the Internet through mobile devices, and with location based services surging in...
  • Blog Post: A Great First Step: The Gartner Cloud Computing Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

    Posted by Ted MacLean General Manager, Open Solutions Group Ted MacLean Last week, I took part in a Gartner Symposium panel discussion about rights and responsibilities of cloud computing customers, a panel that mirrored the analyst firm’s recently published report developed with...
  • Blog Post: Bringing Employers Together to Discuss Immigration Reform

    Posted by Karen Jones Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, HR Legal, Microsoft Our country’s economic strength relies in significant part on the contributions of the best and the brightest talent from around the world. At Microsoft, we see this every day through the great work of our...