|News Briefs from
November 21-25, 2001
Neukom to Retire from Microsoft
11/21. Microsoft announced that Executive Vice President and General Counsel
William Neukom will retire at the end of this fiscal year. He joined Microsoft
in 1985. However, he began his legal work for Microsoft in 1979 while at the law
firm of Preston Gates.
Microsoft also named Brad Smith SVP and General Counsel. He was
previously Microsoft's Deputy General Counsel. From 1993 to 1996, Smith directed
Microsoft's European law and corporate affairs efforts in Paris. Microsoft still
faces antitrust scrutiny by EU regulators.
Smith was previously a partner at the law firm of Covington & Burling, where
he handled antitrust, intellectual property, and governmental issues. See, MSFT
More People and Appointments
11/21. Randall Lee was named Regional Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Pacific
Regional Office. He was previously Deputy Chief of the Major Frauds Section in
the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO) in the Central
District of California. Before joining the USAO, he was an associate in the Los
Angeles office of the law firm of Munger Tolles
& Olson. He replaces Valerie
Caproni, who is now Of Counsel in the New York City office of the law firm
of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
See, SEC release.
11/21. President Bush announced his intent to nominate Michael Toner to
be a Member of the Federal Election Commission
(FEC). Toner is currently Chief Counsel to the Republican
National Committee. He was previously General Counsel to the Bush Cheney
Transition and Bush Cheney 2000. From 1997 to 1999, he was Deputy Counsel to the
Republican National Committee. In 1996, he was Counsel to the Dole Kemp
campaign. He was an associate in the Washington DC office of the law firm
of Wiley Rein and Fielding from 1992 to 1996.
11/21. NASA published a notice
of prospective patent license in the Federal Register. It states that Digital
Interface Systems has applied for an exclusive license to practice the invention
described and claimed in U.S.
Patent No. 5,905,568, titled "Stereo Imaging Velocimetry". See,
Federal Register, November 23, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 226, at Pages 58761.
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