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  • Blog Post: Nokia-Microsoft deal approved by Chinese Ministry of Commerce

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In a post Tuesday on The Official Microsoft Blog, it was announced that the Chinese Ministry of Commerce has approved Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services. “MOFCOM’s decision effectively adopts Microsoft’s...
  • 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: 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: 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: Strong Industry Partnerships Can Address the Evolving Software Piracy Landscape

    Posted by Juan Hardoy Director, EMEA Anti-Piracy & Digital Crime, Microsoft Today, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Seventh Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy in Istanbul, which was opened by Turkey’s Prime Minister, His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. As with every...
  • Blog Post: The FTC and Google: A Missed Opportunity

    Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft The FTC took steps today to address some of Google’s improper business practices. We find it troubling that the agency did not adhere to its own standard procedures that call for the agency to obtain industry input...
  • 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: Federal Court Writes New Rules on Damages in Uniloc Judgment

    Posted by David Howard Corporate Vice President, Deputy General Counsel – Litigation From time to time, it’s what’s behind the headlines that counts the most. On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a ruling on a long-running patent case between Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and NVTC Host Virginia Senate Candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine at Technology Forum

    Posted by Anne Gavin Director, U.S. State Government Affairs, Microsoft Microsoft and the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) held a Technology Town Hall Forum featuring Virginia Senate Candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine at our Microsoft Technology Center in Reston, Va., on Thursday. ...
  • Blog Post: A Welcome Change of Direction at the US Patent Office

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel I would like to commend USPTO Director David Kappos for the decision to rescind the proposed rules on continuation applications and claims originally published in the Federal Register in August 2007. In particular, I welcome...
  • Blog Post: Software Piracy: The Risks are Greater than Ever

    Posted by David Finn Associate General Counsel, Worldwide Anti-piracy and Anti-counterfeiting, Microsoft Software counterfeiting and piracy is a global problem that no single entity solves alone. From countries trying to spark their economies to businesses trying to protect their assets to consumers...
  • Blog Post: A Solid Step Forward in the Road to Sensible Patent Reform

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel I want to take a moment to commend Commerce Secretary Gary Locke for his letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee supporting balanced patent reform legislation that benefits all segments of American industry. We support...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft supports USPTO’s continued efforts to improve patent system

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday in California, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is holding its Software Partnership meeting to discuss ways to clarify the language of software patents, similar...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft applauds release of Best Practice Guidelines for Ad Networks to Address Piracy and Counterfeiting

    Posted by Fred Humphries Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Today, we released Best Practice Guidelines for Ad Networks to Address Piracy and Counterfeiting . The Best Practices represent an important step in addressing the problem of display advertisements that appear on websites...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces exFAT Licensing Agreements

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues Earlier today, Microsoft announced that it signed patent licensing agreements for the use of the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) with five companies, spanning industries including high-end camcorders, digital cameras and Android...
  • 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: 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: World Intellectual Property Day: Designing the Future

    Posted by Jason Albert Associate General Counsel for IP Policy & Strategy, Microsoft Today marks World Intellectual Property Day , an annual celebration of the role intellectual property plays in shaping the world around us. The theme for this year’s celebration is Designing the Future,...
  • 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...