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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...
17 May 2013
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...
26 Apr 2013
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...
23 Apr 2013
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...
28 Mar 2013
The SHIELD Act: Another Step in the Patent Reform Discussion
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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...
27 Feb 2013
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...
8 Jan 2013
Microsoft Signs Patent Agreements with Hoeft & Wessel AG and EINS SE
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Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues Microsoft and Hoeft & Wessel AG have signed a patent licensing agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Hoeft &Wessel devices running the Android platform. Hoeft & Wessel manufactures handheld...
11 Dec 2012
Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation honors Alex Kipman with Inventor of the Year Award
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Posted by Bart Eppenauer Chief Patent Counsel, Microsoft Each year, the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation presents its Annual National Inventor of the Year Award to individuals that contribute significantly to the practice of Intellectual Property. The Award recognizes “Outstanding...
11 Dec 2012
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...
7 Nov 2012
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...
3 Sep 2012
The Week in Tech Policy – Aug. 6th Edition
Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues This edition of The Week in Tech Policy has stories on higher education, online privacy guidelines for children, wireless spectrum and more. Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s assess higher education’s financial health. Two major...
6 Aug 2012
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...
31 Jul 2012
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...
16 Jul 2012
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...
6 Jun 2012
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...
26 Apr 2012
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...
11 Apr 2012
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...
22 Feb 2012
Investing in Patent Quality
Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Earlier this week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office released information on its Proposed Patent Fee Schedule . In announcing the Proposed Fee Schedule, Director David Kappos noted that the key principles...
9 Feb 2012
White House CTO Talks Future of Tech in 2012 with Microsoft and Politico
Posted by Fred Humphries Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Earlier today, Microsoft and Politico hosted a conversation with White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra on the future of technology at Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The event...
23 Jan 2012
Microsoft’s New Patent Agreement with Compal: A New Milestone for Our Android Licensing Program
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Posted by Brad Smith and Horacio Gutierrez Executive Vice President and General Counsel & Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Today, Microsoft announced its tenth license agreement providing coverage under our patent portfolio for Android mobile phones and tablets. Today...
23 Oct 2011
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...
28 Sep 2011
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...
6 Sep 2011
Microsoft Offers its Support for the Protect IP Act
Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 – the PROTECT IP Act. We support...
25 May 2011
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...
18 Apr 2011
Achieving Patent Reform: Another Step Forward
Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel Reform of the U.S. patent system continues to make significant strides, with the introduction of the “America Invents Act of 2011” ( HR 1249 ) by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX). ...
4 Apr 2011
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