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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: Microsoft panel explores the policy implications of intelligent systems

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues On May 16, Microsoft convened a panel of academic researchers working at the confluence of the technology, humanity and policy aspects of intelligent systems at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The intergenerational...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft convenes panel on how the Internet of Things can build sustainable 21st century cities

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues On May 14, leading public and private sector experts on data and sustainability gathered at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. to address how cities can leverage technology to offer new services to their citizens...
  • Blog Post: How today’s creativity will inform our entertainment of the future

    Editor's Note: The following post by Rob Knies originally appeared on the Inside Microsoft Research blog . Mary Czerwinski and Kati London of Microsoft Research will be participating in the Creativity Conference, a Washington, D.C., event that will examine how creators and makers are shaping our...
  • 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: Celebrating World IP Day

    Posted by Jule Sigall Assistant General Counsel, IP Policy & Strategy This weekend, on April 26, Microsoft observes the 14th annual World IP Day. On this day, we take the opportunity to reflect on the significant benefits the IP system provides our economy. This year we join the other member...
  • 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...