A Welcome Change of Direction at the US Patent Office

I would like to commend USPTO Director David Kappos for the decision to rescind the proposed rules on continuation applications and claims originally published in the Federal Register in August 2007. In particular, I welcome the motivation behind the decision to ensure that patent rules are in place “that are responsive to its applicants’ needs and help bring their products and services to market.”  In that spirit we look forward to working Read more »

IT as an Engine of Economic Growth — Another Perspective

Posted by  Robert D. Atkinson President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (Editor’s note:  This is the first of what we anticipate will be a steady stream of posts from guest bloggers on  Microsoft on the Issues. Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based technology policy think tank, and has an extensive background in technology policy. His comments help to place the recently released study Read more »

European Commission to Market Test Microsoft Proposals on Web Browser Choice

UPDATE: October 7, 2009 – 4:15 a.m. Pacific  Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues We have issued an updated and more detailed statement from General Counsel Brad Smith on today’s EC announcement on PressPass. _______________________________________  The European Commission today announced that it will market test a set of measures Microsoft has offered to address competition law concerns relating to Windows, Office and other high volume Microsoft products.  In response, Microsoft General Counsel Read more »

A Big Year Ahead for the Supreme Court and the Information Economy

Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel Today the Supreme Court begins its 2009-2010 term.  It promises to be an important session, not least because the Court and new Justice Sonia Sotomayor will grapple with laws that are at the heart of the information economy.  There will be a number of cases that will directly impact the legal rules that incentivize innovation and define relationships between those in the information technology sector and the online ecosystem.  Read more »

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.

The Local Economic Benefits of the Global Software Business

Posted by Pamela PassmanCorporate Vice President Creating jobs and speeding economic recovery are top of mind for everyone these days, including those of us in the information technology (IT) industry.  A recently released study entitled “Aid to Recovery:  The Economic Impact of IT, Software, and the Microsoft Ecosystem on the Global Economy,” illustrates some of the ways the industry is doing its part to get the economy growing again. This study, Read more »

Teaching 21st Century Skills for Employability

Posted by Lutz Ziob, General Manager, Microsoft Learning The disappointing U.S. employment numbers released today demonstrate again the importance of providing students and workers with the best possible education to compete in the 21st century global economy. Unemployment is rising even as employers continue to struggle to find enough workers with technical and other needed skills. Specifically, lack of computer skills is a barrier for many job seekers. Equipping current and future workers with appropriate skills and Read more »

NLJ’s “Tales of the Recession”

Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues Earlier this week the National Law Journal published an interesting package of stories entitled, “Tales of the Recession.”    It is a series of 10 profiles of individuals who represent various corners of the legal profession, from a law student and a former associate to a county judge and a law school dean.   Each profile explores how the economic crisis has affected each person’s work, priorities Read more »

Constructive Disruption Can Drive Social Change

Posted by Akhtar Badshah Senior Director, Community Affairs The technology scene today is distinguished by the convergence of device connectivity, software innovation and cloud-based services, which enable people and organizations to access information, communicate and collaborate in more powerful ways. But how can these technologies be used by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and nonprofits to benefit the most vulnerable people in society? Microsoft has published a new whitepaper, Unleashing Technology to Advance Social and Read more »