Administration Issues Plan for Growth through IP Enforcement

Posted by Nancy Anderson Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel This week the Obama Administration released the nation’s first-ever Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement. Joining Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel in announcing the plan were Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. The plan demonstrates the Administration’s strong Read more »

IP Ventures Helps a Dublin Financial Startup

Posted by Patrick Brazel CEO of Zignals (Cross posted from The Official Microsoft Blog) In 2008, the financial markets changed fundamentally and completely. The causes will be debated and they of course predate the collapse. But there is no argument that the summer of 2008 is when the market certainties that had prevailed since 1945 evaporated. It was at this time that my business partner and I had been working Read more »

Using All the Tools at Our Disposal to Stop Spam Scams

Posted by John Scarrow General Manager of Safety Services Last week the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court under the federal CAN-SPAM Act against the perpetrators of what we believe to be one of the largest-ever spam attacks on Windows Live Hotmail. The lawsuit –Microsoft Corporation v. Boris Mizhen, et al. – alleges defendants engaged in an elaborate scheme to evade Microsoft’s filters by abusing Read more »

A New Tool in the Fight against Fraud

Posted by Nancy Anderson Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Today in Washington, DC, the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) and other leading industry and consumer protection organizations are announcing the worldwide launch of Internet Fraud Alert. It’s a new program to help make the Internet a safer and more productive place for consumers and businesses. Through a centralized alert system powered by Microsoft technology and managed by Read more »

Innovation at the U.S. Patent Office: Director Kappos’ Three-Track Examination Proposal

Posted by Horacio Gutierrez Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel For more than a decade, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been criticized for long delays in the processing of patent applications and for issues around patent quality. Both can have negative impacts on innovation, as the USPTO recognized in a recent White Paper. To address these problems, USPTO has done some innovating of its own. Director David Read more »

Privacy in the Era of Social Media and Cloud Computing

Posted by Peter Cullen Chief Privacy Strategist I have been actively engaged in privacy issues for over a decade, first at the Royal Bank of Canada and now as Chief Privacy Strategist for Microsoft since 2003. During that time privacy has rarely received as much attention as it’s getting now. Mainstream media from Good Morning America to USA Today regularly have stories about everything from shifting online privacy policies to Read more »

Computers, Freedom and Privacy

Guest Post by Jon Pincus Chief Technology Officer, Qworky Co-Chair, Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference The issue of privacy in social networks is on the cover of Time magazine and is showing up in attack ads in political races. We’re in the midst of intense political battles over net neutrality and cybersecurity. The one-year anniversary of the Iranian election protests highlights the potential as well as the risks of online Read more »

Congratulations, School of the Future Graduates

Posted by Mary Cullinane Director of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives, Microsoft Worldwide Education With great fanfare four years ago, teenagers began their high school careers at a new school called The School of the Future. A partnership between the School District of Philadelphia and Microsoft, the school was built to help lead the way toward establishing a new norm in urban education: one where mediocrity is no longer acceptable, every Read more »

Task Force Weighs Privacy and Innovation

Posted by Peter Cullen Chief Privacy Strategist The Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force is seeking comments and holding meetings with Internet stakeholders about “the impact of current privacy laws in the United States and around the world on the pace of innovation in the information economy.” The Department intends to issue a report that will likely help shape the Administration’s policy engagement on Internet privacy. Interest in privacy Read more »

“Clicking With Caution” During Internet Safety Month

Posted by Caroline Curtin Policy Counsel, U.S. Government Affairs Yesterday the U.S. Senate proclaimed June as National Internet Safety month, part of a nationwide effort to raise public awareness of potential online threats. At Microsoft, we’re continually looking for new ways to share online safety tips and tools with parents and children. Recently we worked with the nation’s largest school system – the New York City Department of Education – Read more »