Strengthen the patent system by invalidating overly broad patents

Posted by Horacio GutierrezDeputy 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…

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Conundrums in cyberspace — exploiting security in the name of, well, security

Posted by Scott CharneyCorporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft At Microsoft, establishing and sustaining trust with our customers is essential. If our customers can’t rely on us to protect their data—whether from crooks, mismanagement or excessive government intrusion—they will look elsewhere for a technology provider.   Government access to data is a hot topic. But…

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More work needed to protect European Union from patent trolls

Posted by Horacio GutierrezDeputy 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…

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Microsoft and Politico present Fourth Annual State Solutions Conference in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On Feb. 21, four governors and approximately 150 policy thought-leaders joined us at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center for the fourth annual State Solutions Conference with Politico, previewing the National Governors Association’s annual winter meeting in Washington, D.C. The two-part event featured one-on-one conversations with governors…

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Microsoft voices support for FCC’s net neutrality announcement

Posted by David TennenhouseCorporate Vice President, Microsoft Technology Policy The Internet is critical to our economy and our future. Today, it enables anyone, anywhere, to connect, access content and share ideas. These attributes have been at the center of the Internet’s ability to catalyze innovation in numerous industries, create new employment opportunities and positive economic…

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Microsoft Translator expanded, Language Toolbox launched in celebration of Mother Language Day

Posted by Carla HurdMicrosoft Local Language Program On Friday, Microsoft announced the expansion of Microsoft Translator with the addition of Welsh and the launch of Language Toolbox, both in celebration of UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day. Language Toolbox is a collection of free tools and resources related to Microsoft language technologies. Also on Friday, Microsoft…

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Leading the way on patent transparency

Posted by Horacio GutierrezDeputy 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 information, tools and resources it needs to perform its vital function. Microsoft applauds and…

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Microsoft and global law enforcement leaders team up to fight cybercrime

Posted by David FinnExecutive Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Cybercrime Center Last week, Microsoft hosted our first Cybercrime Enforcement Summit. More than 60 global law enforcement leaders and cybercrime experts met in Redmond for two days of closed-door sessions, discussing best practices and concrete steps to protect people online. As I reflect upon…

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Microsoft and Voxx Electronics sign licensing agreement for rear seat entertainment devices

Posted by Simmone MisraDirector, 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 seat devices and tablets. This represents Microsoft’s first Android licensing deal in the automotive…

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Microsoft focuses on employing and training our nation’s veterans

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues How can the private sector best help our nation’s veterans successfully transition from the military to civilian employment? On Tuesday, leading experts and veterans gathered at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. to focus on answering these questions and to explore best practices. The…

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