Why this biotech patent case is significant for the software industry

It’s with good reason that the patent case of Sequenom Inc v. Ariosa Diagnostics gained incredible attention in the biomedical community. When the biotech company Sequenom developed a new way to identify potential fetal health and developmental risks through a maternal blood test instead of through an invasive procedure, it was considered a breakthrough in neonatal medicine. According to the courts, however, this innovation cannot be protected by patent rights. Read more »

Microsoft partners with Legal Services Corporation and Pro Bono Net to create access to justice portal

Imagine you are single, with two kids, one in diapers. You have steady work, but after paying for commuting, child care, food and rent, there isn’t much left over. You speak Spanish natively, and English well enough to get by. Things are going along pretty well until the heat fails, repeatedly, in your apartment. When the landlord doesn’t fix it despite your complaints, you withhold rent, as you are legally Read more »

5 questions with We Day Seattle participant Aishwarya Manoharan

YouthSpark, education, STEM, We Day Seattle 2016

Microsoft Philanthropies is a founding sponsor of We Day California and We Day Seattle, stadium-sized celebrations of youth making a difference locally and globally. Sponsoring We Day is one way Microsoft Philanthropies works to empower young people to achieve more for themselves, their communities and the world. Aishwarya Manoharan is a standout We Day Seattle participant who will attend the April 20 event. The Woodinville High School senior is a Read more »

Keeping secrecy the exception, not the rule: An issue for both consumers and businesses

This morning we filed a new lawsuit in federal court against the United States government to stand up for what we believe are our customers’ constitutional and fundamental rights – rights that help protect privacy and promote free expression. This is not a decision we made lightly, and hence we wanted to share information on this step and why we are taking it. An issue of fundamental rights We believe Read more »

Why the DMCA is ready for the next chapter of innovation

Twenty years ago, the notion that most Americans would begin their morning by going online – checking their email, posting a personal update or photo, or completing an online purchase, all before finishing their morning coffee – was almost implausible. Today, more than a quarter of Americans report that they are online “almost constantly” with their always-connected phones and tablets. The Internet, and popular sites like Amazon, Facebook, OneDrive, Pinterest, Read more »

Microsoft supports EU-US Privacy Shield

Microsoft’s long-standing commitment to privacy as a fundamental right reflects our view that our business is ultimately built on trust. The newly established EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, which will govern data transmission between Europe and the United States, will strengthen privacy protections for European Union citizens and set clear rules for thousands of businesses in Europe and the United States that depend on the free flow of information across the Atlantic. Read more »

New resources from Microsoft to support customer privacy and cloud compliance

In his keynote this week at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit, Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, called privacy one of the defining issues of our time and a cause worth embracing. Microsoft sees privacy as a fundamental human right and, when it comes to our products, we are committed to providing our customers with the information and controls they need to make Read more »

The Standard for Responsible Mining: A collaborative effort to help improve global mining standards

This week, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) released the second and revised draft version of the Standard for Responsible Mining, a multi-sector-led effort to certify social and environmental performance at industrial-scale mine sites around the world. Gold, iron ore, copper and many other minerals and metals are used in everything from cellphones, jewelry, to building materials and auto parts. Mining companies recognize the expectation to manage their process Read more »