Microsoft announces IP licensing program to power digital transformation in connected cars

The automotive industry is undergoing a digital transformation. The technology in automobiles that’s connected to the internet and capable of receiving services from the cloud is ushering in a new wave of innovation. In fact, by some estimates, over the next three years, more than 90 percent of all cars will be connected. From amazing fuel savings, to predictive maintenance and safety features, to self-driving cars, we’re at a critical Read more »

Microsoft Azure IP Advantage: A closer look at the ‘patent pick’

A few days ago we launched Microsoft Azure IP Advantage, a new program to help Azure customers reduce their intellectual property risk in the cloud so they can focus on innovating.  We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response to the program so far and have quickly found fans for all three elements: expanded indemnification, the “patent pick” and the springing license benefit. One aspect that has received a lot of attention Read more »

Federal Circuit rules on software patent eligibility

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an important decision today, strengthening the law related to software patent eligibility under Section 101 of the Patent Act. Software technologies are at the center of our economy and playing a role in helping to transform industries in so many fields, including manufacturing, retail and health care. Recently, the federal courts have been grappling with the issue of which software Read more »

Learn about how ‘Patents Fuel the American Dream’ in new video

Today, the Partnership for American Innovation (PAI), together with Microsoft and other partners, released a new video entitled “Patents Fuel the American Dream.” The video highlights how patents continue to play a central role in the global marketplace and have pushed our domestic economy forward by encouraging innovation across all industries, from medicine to manufacturing and technology. Today, America’s intellectual property is worth more than $5 trillion and sustains more Read more »