Microsoft promotes top IP officer

Horacio Gutierrez, a leading figure in Microsoft's open-source efforts, taking an increasingly active role in its intellectual-property strategy, just got a promotion to corporate vice president.

Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's vice president of intellectual property and licensing, just got a promotion to corporate vice president, as reported in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Gutierrez, who has taken an increasingly active role in Microsoft's intellectual-property strategy since moving back from Paris a few years ago, where he had served as Microsoft's associate general counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa (and where I first met him for hot chocolate and coffee), is well-known to the open-source crowd for his involvement in Microsoft's accusations in 2007 that Linux violates 235 of Microsoft's patents.

This, however, doesn't give a complete picture of Gutierrez, whose work has been more far-reaching and, on balance, much more positive for open source within Microsoft.

Gutierrez has been taking a more prominent role in helping Microsoft to figure out how to navigate interoperability issues with open-source vendors and communities. While I've criticized some of his positions in this area , Gutierrez is genuine in wanting to work with open source.

In fact, "genuine" is a great way to describe Gutierrez, generally. He's a wonderful person while simultaneously an intelligent and tough competitor. He's a credit to Microsoft and well-deserving of this promotion.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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