Microsoft convenes panel on the relationship between consumers and copyright

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 in which content is created, distributed, accessed and enjoyed. As policymakers review copyright law and policies to assess what is working well and Read more »

The Week in Tech Policy: Sept. 10th Edition

In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on a new Pew Center study focused on mobile app privacy, the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to measure mobile broadband speeds and more. Pew Center study: app users are worried about privacy. A study released by the Pew Center on Sept. 5 indicates that “than half of mobile application users have uninstalled or avoided certain apps over privacy Read more »

Using Intelligence and Forensics to Protect Against Counterfeit Software

In the past year, tens of thousands of people have contacted Microsoft to complain that one or another third party had sold them software that turned out to be counterfeit. Many are angry at being cheated, but their even bigger problem is that counterfeit software may carry malware, spyware, or other viruses that can jeopardize their personal and financial information. To fight software counterfeiting, Microsoft has set up nine regional Read more »

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 »

Global Challenges Await New Patent Office Director

Yesterday President Obama announced he intends to nominate David Kappos, vice president and assistant general counsel for intellectual property at IBM, to serve as Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  This is a huge job, managing a workforce of 9,000 employees and directing a central part of an intellectual property system that drives American innovation, economic growth and job creation. It would be difficult Read more »