Fostering Innovation

  • 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 two decades, digital technology and the Internet have dramatically altered the ways in which content is created, distributed, accessed and enjoyed. As policymakers review copyright law and policies to assess what is working well and where there is opportunity for improvement, much of the discussion has focused on enforcement mechanisms rather than consumer relationships to copyright.

    Tom Rubin, Chief IP Strategy Counsel, Microsoft, delivered opening remarks highlighting the vast opportunities that exist today to allow consumers to create, store, use and enjoy works in new and compelling ways while still respecting the rights of creators.

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  • 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 — a diverse group of industry-leading companies committed to strengthening a patent system that promotes a positive climate for technology innovation. David Kappos, former director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, is senior adviser to the group.

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  • 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 business climate, Austin has been transformed into a hotbed for new business, thanks in part to the growing population of Millennials. Tuesday’s discussion featured insight from local entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials on the impact and challenges of the Millennial generation.

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  • 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 Court understands the difference between true technological innovations and the types of business method patents at issue in this case. Adobe and HP joined Microsoft on the brief.

    Simply put, Alice Corp’s patents have nothing to do with software or computer technology. They relate to a method for reducing “settlement risk” in business transactions. They do not advance the state of technology, nor do they allow com­puters to execute the steps of a business trans­action faster, more efficiently or more reliably than they could before.

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  • 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 of nearly 20 companies and associations urged the European Union to make further amendments to the rules to support innovation, while deterring patent trolls from entering the EU patent space.

    The rules of procedure are the blueprint for the Unitary Patent Court, which will govern patent disputes for most of the EU. If these rules are sound, companies doing business in Europe will be able to innovate more efficiently.

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