Patent litigation reform needed now

Posted by Horacio GutierrezDeputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Microsoft joined nearly 400 companies and associations in calling upon the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve urgently needed patent litigation reform legislation. The Committee is working to forge a well-calibrated compromise aimed at curbing abusive litigation practices and strengthening our…


One step on the path to challenging search warrant jurisdiction

Posted by David HowardCorporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft The U.S. government doesn’t have the power to search a home in another country, nor should it have the power to search the content of email stored overseas. To protect this principle, we filed a formal legal challenge months ago to a U.S. search…


NETmundial – Multi-stakeholder Internet governance moves forward

Posted by Paul MitchellGeneral Manager, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Today, NETmundial, a global multi-stakeholder meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, wrapped up in São Paulo, Brazil. NETmundial proved to be an excellent forum for gathering insights from stakeholders in an inclusive, global and transparent way. NETmundial added momentum to efforts to strengthen the Internet…


Celebrating World IP Day

Posted by Jule SigallAssistant General Counsel, IP Policy & Strategy This weekend, on April 26, Microsoft observes the 14th annual World IP Day. On this day, we take the opportunity to reflect on the significant benefits the IP system provides our economy. This year we join the other member companies of the Partnership for American…


Rebalancing the data asymmetry

Posted by Paul MitchellGeneral Manager, Technology Policy Group A combination of ubiquitous data, analytics and machine learning is ushering in a transition from the information economy to a knowledge economy – where growth is driven primarily by the production of new ideas, insights, and knowledge. However, data-driven economies are reliant on a dependable supply of…


Microsoft formalizes policy on responsible materials sourcing

Posted by Brian TobeyCorporate Vice President, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Information Services, Microsoft As the company moves forward as One Microsoft, we must do an extraordinary job of overcoming complex social and environmental challenges throughout our packaging and hardware supply chain. Recently, we formalized our values and approach around upstream responsible sourcing through “Microsoft’s Responsible…

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California lawmakers consider legislation allowing computer science to count toward high school graduation requirements

Posted by Robyn HinesSenior Director for State Government Affairs, Microsoft Continuing the momentum on computer science education, on Wednesday the California State Assembly Committee on Education held a hearing to consider legislation that would allow computer science to count toward high school graduation requirements. The legislation, AB 1764, sponsored by California State Assembly members Kristin…

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Let’s ensure career opportunities for the best and brightest

Posted by Mary SnappDeputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Wednesday, Microsoft was honored to be recognized with the American Bar Association’s (ABA) inaugural Champion for Disability Inclusion in the Legal Profession Award for in-house counsel. Mary Snapp receives the American Bar Association’s (ABA) inaugural Champion for Disability Inclusion in…

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EU privacy authorities approve Microsoft cloud contracts

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues In a post Thursday on The Official Microsoft Blog, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs Brad Smith announced that the European Union’s data protection authorities have found that Microsoft’s enterprise cloud contracts meet the high standards of EU privacy law. "This…

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UN-HABITAT partners with Microsoft CityNext to address the challenge of 60 million new residents moving to cities each year

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat. Cities around the world are growing at a rapid pace with no sign of slowing down. More than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, which is estimated to increase to 70 percent of the global population,…

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