A Solid Step Forward in the Road to Sensible Patent Reform

I want to take a moment to commend Commerce Secretary Gary Locke for his letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee supporting balanced patent reform legislation that benefits all segments of American industry.

We support the administration’s thoughtful approach to a balanced patent reform discussion and remain strongly committed to working with Congress, the administration and other stakeholders in all industries to make sensible patent reform legislation a reality in the short term.

About the Author

Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

Horacio Gutiérrez is Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel in charge of the Microsoft products and services group (PSG). In this role, he oversees the team that provides front-line legal support to all of Microsoft's engineering and marketing teams, including Devices and Studios, Applications, Services and Dynamics, Operating Systems, Cloud and Enterprise, and Marketing. Previously, Horacio led the worldwide intellectual property group, including the development, maintenance and enforcement of the company’s IP portfolio, inbound and outbound patent licensing, and IP legal and public policy strategy. Prior to his eight years leading the IP group, Mr. Gutiérrez was based in Paris, where he was Microsoft's associate general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Gutiérrez started his career at Microsoft in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. at the company’s Latin American regional headquarters, where he was responsible for commercial and corporate matters for the region.