Microsoft hunts Aussie pirate fighter

Microsoft hunts Aussie pirate fighter

Summary: Microsoft is on the hunt for an experienced attorney to help the software giant protect its intellectual property within Australia and New Zealand.

TOPICS: Piracy, Legal, Security

Microsoft is on the hunt for an experienced attorney to help the software giant protect its intellectual property within Australia and New Zealand.


IP evangelist: Vanessa Hutley
(Credit: Microsoft)

The vacancy, posted today on careers website Seek, reveals the software giant is bolstering its local corporate legal team to assist in the fight against intellectual property abuse. Microsoft's intellectual property team is headed up by senior corporate attorney Vanessa Hutley.

Hutley led the Australian leg of Microsoft's Global Anti-Piracy Day, launched in October last year, where the software giant claimed to have netted the scalps of three South Australian retailers found to have sold counterfeit Microsoft software.

"For Microsoft, intellectual property is at the centre of who and what we are," Hutley said on Microsoft Australia's government affairs blog.

According to the vacancy posted today, the sought-after attorney would support litigation focusing on intellectual property protection in Australia and New Zealand as well as Microsoft's general commercial programs.

"The attorney should be generally familiar with copyright, trademark, trade secret, and antitrust law issues," Microsoft stated in the job description. They should also be licensed in the US, Australia or other Commonwealth jurisdictions.

Besides the requirement for the candidate to have at least seven years' litigation experience, the person should also have "a sense of humour" and must possess a "working knowledge" of Microsoft Word and Excel and be familiar with Outlook, Schedule+, PowerPoint and Access.

Until 2008, Microsoft's Hutley had touted a 2005 study by technology analyst firm IDC, which estimated that a 22 to 32 per cent reduction in piracy by 2009 would generate 9,770 Australian jobs and add $4.7 billion to Australia's gross domestic product (GDP).

In October last year Hutely quoted revised IDC figures, which estimated that cutting piracy by 10 per cent would generate 3,929 jobs in Australia over the next four years, and that the reduction would now contribute an additional $4.3 billion to Australia's GDP over the period.

Microsoft did not post the salary it would offer.

Topics: Piracy, Legal, Security

Liam Tung

About Liam Tung

Liam Tung is an Australian business technology journalist living a few too many Swedish miles north of Stockholm for his liking. He gained a bachelors degree in economics and arts (cultural studies) at Sydney's Macquarie University, but hacked (without Norse or malicious code for that matter) his way into a career as an enterprise tech, security and telecommunications journalist with ZDNet Australia. These days Liam is a full time freelance technology journalist who writes for several publications.

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.


Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Software Piracy

    If Microsoft was not so Financially Greedy, there would be less Piracy. It is the same with a lot of companies in the USA.
  • Increase in GDP deceptive

    The thought that the reduction in piracy will increase GDP is actually not correct, what should be stated is that a reduction in piracy will put $4.3B into the IT industry (and possibly create 4,000 IT jobs).

    The reality is that this $4.3M was always going to be spent in the economy anyway, maybe on food or clothes or new cars. If these funds are diverted from the other areas then those other areas will suffer.

    It may be clearer to think of the economy as a bucket ... there is a certain amount of money which goes into the top (money earnt) and a number of holes out the bottom (expenditure streams, such as food, cothing, new cars and IT spend). By increasing the spent in IT (making its hole bigger) less goes out the other holes. The money left in the bucket is the money which is in "savings" in the economy. (The recent $10B spend by the govenment effectly just dumped $10M into the top of the bucket.)
  • MS, still with the wrong priorities

    If only Microsoft were as keen as they are about fighting piracy as they were about releasing quality, bug free, user friendly software at a reasonable price. With all the dirty market play that has plagued the industry for years, it seems quite hypocritical of them to call others crooks. And really, is there software worth the price tag?