Our Licensing Deal with Samsung: How IP Drives Innovation and Collaboration

Posted by Brad Smith & Horacio GutierrezGeneral 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 also gives both companies greater patent coverage relating to each other’s technologies, and opens the door to…

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Microsoft Letter to DREAM Act Sponsors

April 3, 2009 The Honorable Richard Durbin  United States Senate309 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Richard Lugar United States Senate306 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC  20510 Dear Senator Durbin and Senator Lugar: We are writing to express Microsoft’s strong support for your recent re-introduction of the Development, Relief and Education for…


Competition Authorities and Search

Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Government competition agencies are increasingly focused on Google’s growing power in search and online advertising. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission have all determined that Google is dominant in certain markets, including search advertising. In late 2008 the DOJ…


Helping people protect their Hotmail accounts

Posted by Walter Harp Director of Product Management, Windows Live Over the past few months, Windows Live has announced several new security features that will provide additional account protection for people on Hotmail, including Single Use Codes, Full Session SSL, SMS-based account recovery, and Trusted Senders – this all in addition to our SmartScreen safety…

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Google’s misleading security claims to the government raise serious questions

Posted by David HowardCorporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel Last Friday afternoon, I learned that a batch of court documents had been unsealed and had revealed one particularly striking development: the United States Department of Justice had rejected Google’s claim that Google Apps for Government, Google’s cloud-based suite for government customers, has been certified…


The FTC and Google: A Missed Opportunity

Posted by Dave HeinerVice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft The FTC took steps today to address some of Google’s improper business practices. We find it troubling that the agency did not adhere to its own standard procedures that call for the agency to obtain industry input on proposed relief and secure it through an…


Improving Global Patents: Think Locally, Act Globally

Posted by Horacio GutierrezCorporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel In early August, David Kappos was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  We congratulate Dave on his new position and offer our full support in tackling the challenges ahead – not the least of which…


Appreciating our Immigration System

UPDATE: April 1, 2009 – 10:30 a.m. Pacific Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel As I mentioned in my post Monday, today begins the period for U.S. employers to apply for H-1B visas for high-skilled foreign workers.  Given the economic downturn, we are filing substantially fewer H-1B applications than we filed last year.  Unlike previous years, a…


Advancing Consumer Trust and Privacy: Internet Explorer in Windows 8

Posted by Brendon LynchChief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Today, Microsoft announced Windows 8 has reached Release Preview and Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 will have “Do Not Track” (DNT) on by default. This post includes additional thoughts about this important milestone in our effort to advance trust and consumer privacy online. Internet Explorer 10 on…


Supporting Relief Efforts in Haiti

Posted by Akhtar Badshah Senior Director, Global Community Affairs The earthquake in Haiti is an absolute tragedy.  I clearly remember the precise moment when the Tsunami struck Indonesia in 2004 and how that set in motion a chain of events that would hopefully allow us to be better prepared to respond to such tragedies in the future….