HNBA and Microsoft Launch A New Bold Initiative: The HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute

  HNBA and Microsoft Launch A New Bold Initiative: The HNBA/Microsoft IP Law
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PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2013

"Increasing Latino Lawyers in IP Law"

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Hispanic National
Bar Association (HNBA) and Microsoft Corporation announced a bold new
partnership at the HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The
new partnership is designed to increase the number of Latino lawyers in the
U.S. practicing intellectual property (IP) law. The highlight of the
announcement was Microsoft's pledge of $200,000 over three years to help fund
the new initiative called "The HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute."

The HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute will provide opportunities for Latino
students interested in intellectual property law, including patents,
copyrights, trade secrets and trademarks. This summer up to twenty-five
Latino law students from law schools across the country will be chosen to
participate in an IP immersion program in Washington, DC with all expenses
covered. Participants will be selected through a highly competitive process
and be provided substantive instruction, the opportunity to observe first-hand
U.S. IP institutions at work, and the chance to meet leading members of the IP
legal community who will serve as mentors and potentially provide pathways for
future job opportunities. The HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute is part of the
HNBA's Su Futuro Program.

A 2008 study by NALP shows that Hispanic attorneys spend a mere 4% of their
practice on intellectual property matters. And a more recent survey by AIPLA
shows that in firms with over 100 attorneys, only 2% of IP lawyers are
Hispanic. Microsoft and the HNBA are committed to changing these statistics.
"The HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute will focus on IP law to address the
under-representation of Hispanic attorneys in the field of IP law," said HNBA
National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr., who also is an experienced IP
practitioner and a registered patent attorney. "Microsoft has taken a great
step towards improving the quality of legal services necessary to keep America
economically strong," added Reyes.

"We at Microsoft know firsthand the sad reality of the under-representation of
Latino attorneys in the critical field of IP law," stated Horacio Gutierrez,
Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft."As an
industry leader, we are choosing to step up and be a catalyst for change in
the legal profession," said Gutierrez.

The inaugural program is scheduled between July 8th and 12th of 2013 in
Washington DC. Additional information is available www.hnba.com.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

About the Hispanic National Bar Association

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated,
not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests
of the more than 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal
assistants, and law students in the United States and its territories. From
the days of its founding four decades ago, the HNBA has acted as a force for
positive change within the legal profession. It does so by encouraging Latino
students to choose a career in the law and by prompting their advancement
within the profession once they graduate and start practicing. Through a
combination of issue advocacy, programmatic activities, networking events and
educational conferences, the HNBA has helped generations of lawyers succeed.

SOURCE Hispanic National Bar Association

Website: http://www.hnba.com
Contact: Antonio "Tony" Arocho, Esq., aarocho@hnba.com, +1-202-223-4777