DOJ Patent Policy Means FTC Should Think Again about Google Patent Order

Posted by Dave HeinerVice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Patent and Trademark Office issued an important policy statement on standard essential patents. We welcome the statement as a significant step forward in ensuring the sound operation of the international standards system. Open standards can thrive…

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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…


Still Seeking Resolution to Search Competition Issues

Posted by Dave HeinerVice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Two years ago, Microsoft applauded the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission when they opened their antitrust investigations into Google’s business practices. We believed then, as we do now, that the future of competition in search is at stake in these investigations. This…


Google: Please Don’t Kill Video on the Web

Posted by Dave HeinerVice President & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Standards & Antitrust Group, Microsoft Earlier today, Microsoft filed a formal competition law complaint with the European Commission (EC) against Motorola Mobility and Google. We have taken this step because Motorola is attempting to block sales of Windows PCs, our Xbox game console and other…


Microsoft’s Support for Industry Standards

Posted by Dave HeinerVice President & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Standards Group & Antitrust Group, Microsoft Earlier today, Microsoft posted a statement concerning our commitment to industry standards. The statement sets forth Microsoft’s long-standing approach to patents that are essential to industry standards: we license them to other firms. We don’t seek to block other…

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Google-Yahoo Redux: Why deal in Japan is worse than attempted 2008 deal

By Dave HeinerVice President and Deputy General Counsel In November 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice determined that a plan by Google to provide advertising next to just a portion of the search results on Yahoo’s competing search engine was illegal under the antitrust laws. Google wasn’t especially interested in the additional viewership for its…

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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…


The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When to Expect It

Posted by Dave Heiner  Vice President and Deputy General Counsel   (If you would like more information about the browser choice screen on your computer, or if you have a technical issue with the update, the Windows team has prepared a page you may find useful entitled, What is the Browser Choice update? )     Over the…


Interoperability: The Other Side of Our Settlement with the European Commission

  Posted by Dave HeinerVice President and Deputy General Counsel On Wednesday the European Commission announced its decision to approve a resolution of its long-running competition law inquiry concerning Microsoft.  Commissioner Kroes remarked that the decision has the potential to herald a “new, more positive” era in Microsoft’s relationship with the Commission.  We are obviously very pleased to…


Windows 7 and Browser Choice in Europe

Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President and Deputy General Counsel    A week ago the European Commission said it welcomed our proposal to provide Windows users a “consumer ballot screen” to select the Web browser of their choice to surf the Internet. We believe this approach addresses the Commission’s previously stated competition law concerns regarding our inclusion of Microsoft’s…