Why the CLS Bank case matters

Posted by Horacio GutierrezDeputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the Alice v. CLS Bank, reaffirming that abstract ideas are not eligible for patent protection. The Court correctly distinguished Alice’s invalid business method patents from valid patents that advance technology….

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Microsoft panel explores the policy implications of intelligent systems

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On May 16, Microsoft convened a panel of academic researchers working at the confluence of the technology, humanity and policy aspects of intelligent systems at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The intergenerational conversation brought together professors and their students to explore the implications…


Microsoft convenes panel on how the Internet of Things can build sustainable 21st century cities

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On May 14, leading public and private sector experts on data and sustainability gathered at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. to address how cities can leverage technology to offer new services to their citizens, optimize the efficiency of existing services and improve the…


How today’s creativity will inform our entertainment of the future

Editor's Note:The following post by Rob Knies originally appeared on the Inside Microsoft Research blog . Mary Czerwinski and Kati London of Microsoft Research will be participating in the Creativity Conference, a Washington, D.C., event that will examine how creators and makers are shaping our future. What does the “creative process” really mean? Where do…


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…


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…


Microsoft convenes panel on the relationship between consumers and copyright

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On March 27, leading experts on copyright and innovation gathered at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C., to explore ways to promote consumer experiences, advance innovation and respect copyright. Over the last two decades, digital technology and the Internet have dramatically altered the ways…

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A cross-industry Partnership for American Innovation

Posted by Horacio GutierrezDeputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft On Thursday, Microsoft announced it has joined the newly formed Partnership for American Innovation. The partnership includes Apple, DuPont, Ford, GE, IBM and Pfizer — a diverse group of industry-leading companies committed to strengthening a patent system that promotes a…

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Microsoft, National Journal and The Atlantic convene ‘A New America’ town hall focused on Millennials and entrepreneurism

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues On Tuesday, Microsoft, National Journal and The Atlantic presented the second in their series of traveling town halls exploring the issues and challenges facing the next generation at The University of Texas at Austin. With its open and collaborative business climate, Austin has been transformed into a hotbed…

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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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