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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: 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: 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: 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: Recognizing Microsoft Visionary Teams on World IP Day

    Posted by Bart Eppenauer & Jason Albert Chief Patent Counsel & Associate General Counsel for IP Policy & Strategy, Microsoft Today is World IP Day , a day to celebrate how intellectual property fosters and encourages innovation and creativity. In honor of this day and the 2012 theme of...
  • Blog Post: Google: Please Don’t Kill Video on the Web

    Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Standards & Antitrust Group, Microsoft Earlier today, Microsoft filed a formal competition law complaint with the European Commission (EC) against Motorola Mobility and Google. We have taken this step because Motorola...
  • Blog Post: Improving Global Patents: Think Locally, Act Globally

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel In early August, David Kappos was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office . We congratulate Dave on his new position and offer...
  • 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: 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: DOJ Patent Policy Means FTC Should Think Again about Google Patent Order

    Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Patent and Trademark Office issued an important policy statement on standard essential patents. We welcome the statement as a significant step forward in ensuring the...
  • Blog Post: The SHIELD Act: Another Step in the Patent Reform Discussion

    Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Last week, BSA│The Software Alliance and the National Association of Manufacturers held an event on Capitol Hill to talk about the benefits of software patents and what steps could be taken to improve the...
  • Blog Post: FTC Speaks Out Against Standard Essential Patent Abuse

    Posted by David Howard Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Today’s FTC statement filed in the International Trade Commission adds to the growing chorus of regulators and other government officials around the world who agree that injunctions and exclusion orders based...
  • Blog Post: What’s at Stake in Microsoft v. i4i

    Editor's Note: This blog post was co-authored by Bruce Sewell, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Apple; Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Cisco; Ted Ullyot, Vice President and General Counsel, Facebook; and Brad Smith, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Enhancing Transparency: Putting Microsoft’s Patents on the Web

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Last month at an event on Capitol Hill, Microsoft pledged to put information on the Web that would enable anyone to determine for which patents we are the real party in interest. As I mentioned...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Tech Policy: Sept. 3rd Edition

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on the Apple v. Samsung case, Washington Monthly’s 2012 list of top universities, mobile phone text donations and more. Federal Aviation Administration to consider overhaul of...
  • Blog Post: The Week in Tech Policy – July 16th Edition

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues Welcome to The Week in Tech Policy, a new weekly roundup that highlights interesting news in key policy that affect the tech industry. Technology is an ever-evolving business, and each week there are plenty of interesting policy-related developments...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft inventors share award-winning ideas on World IP Day

    Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues It’s easy for us to overlook the role intellectual property can play in improving lives when it contributes to the arts and technology. Patents not only protect new ideas, but also provide an avenue for technology advancements to reach the...