Horacio Gutiérrez is Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel in charge of the Microsoft worldwide intellectual property group. In this capacity, Mr. Gutiérrez leads the group responsible for the development, maintenance and enforcement of the company's IP portfolio, including all of its patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets worldwide. This group is also responsible for inbound and outbound patent licensing work, and for the strategy and substance on IP legal and public policy developments.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Gutiérrez was based in Paris, where he was Microsoft's associate general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, overseeing all legal, regulatory and government affairs matters in those regions. Mr. Gutiérrez started his career at Microsoft in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. at the company’s Latin American regional headquarters, where he was responsible for commercial and corporate matters for the region.
Mr. Gutiérrez is trained and has practiced law both in civil law and common law jurisdictions. He holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar; a Juris Doctor degree summa cum laude, from the University Of Miami School Of Law; a Bachelor of Laws degree from Universidad Católica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela; and a Specialization in Corporate and Commercial Law from the same institution.