The Innovation Act: An important step in patent reform

Congress took an important step on Wednesday to curb abusive litigation practices that are harming business owners, America’s economy and innovation.

The House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, and Microsoft is pleased to support it. We appreciate Chairman Goodlatte’s leadership and the hard work of the House Judiciary Committee in crafting patent-reform legislation that addresses abusive behavior while protecting innovation. Wednesday’s actions are a promising step towards enacting meaningful reform, and we ask members of the House of Representatives to support the bill when it comes to the floor.

Microsoft has consistently advocated for balanced patent reform that protects intellectual property and does not favor the interests of some technology sectors over others. We will continue to work with Congress to ensure the final patent-reform legislation maintains the balance so critical to American innovation, economic growth and job creation.

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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.