Microsoft is planning to roll out a new toolkit of its own in the coming months that will help companies better identify, detect and defend against intellectual property infringement, according to two sources familiar with the company’s plans.
The initiative will come in the form of an app called Intelligences Protection Toolkit, or IPAT, which is the name of a new initiative Microsoft is developing to help companies protect their intellectual property.
IPAT is also a reference to a “digital fingerprint” that companies can use to identify and flag copyright violations.
IPOT is not the same as a court-ordered takedown notice, but it will help ensure that companies have a robust countermeasure against such infringement.
IPET will work similarly to Microsoft’s “Copyright Alerts” tool, which Microsoft rolled out last year.
“We want to make sure our customers are using our tools to identify copyright infringements and that the companies are taking steps to prevent them,” Microsoft senior vice president for the Office business said at the company ‘G5’ conference in March.
“That means not just sending out takedown notices to the right parties, but also identifying and blocking access to infringing content in real time.”
IPAT will be developed as a separate service for Microsoft’s cloud-based Azure cloud, one of the most popular cloud computing platforms, one source said.
Microsoft is also planning to open a new Azure marketplace called Azure Marketplace that will allow users to buy and sell services and products from other businesses, including Microsoft.
Microsoft also plans to open up Azure Marketplace to other cloud providers, including IBM, in the near future.