12.04.10

Gemini version available ♊︎

Microsoft Lobbyists Are Still Duping EU Politicians for Software Patents to be Legalised

Posted in Deception, Europe, Microsoft, Patents at 12:02 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

ACT logo

Summary: Microsoft and its front group ACT are still trying to break a long-established tradition of denying software patents in Europe, at least on paper

EARLIER today we wrote about VirnetX trying to expand its abusive patents to Europe (having made a mess in the United States with a US patent). Here is another company which wants its patent monopoly to be granted in Europe. As the president of the FFII put it:

ChatRoulette is patentable? The technology, which is patent pending in the US and the EU http://ur1.ca/2g60j

Microsoft too would love to legitimise software patents in Europe before/if it declares patent war on Linux. In case Microsoft decides to sue massively, it needs to prepare the ground, i.e. change the law overseas (in Germany, for example, Microsoft got its FAT patent endorsed quite recently). It’s not easy to distort the law without some front groups which pretend to represent the interests of Europe and the interests of small businesses. That’s what ACT is for and right now we find it lobbying harder to please its paymaster, Microsoft. Morgan Reed, the current Executive Director of ACT, posts some propaganda in the Huff&Puff (which accepts many pieces of fraud/quacks/junk). In it, ACT talks about TiVo, which is a patent aggressor [1, 2, 3, 4]. ACT is trying to promote software patents while giving sob stories, pretending that these come from SMBs. It is a lie. ACT arranges AstroTurf campaigns and another new example of it comes from Vincent van Quickenborne [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], the gullible politician who is serving the interests of American multinationals while pretending to serve Belgium. Here he is showing his lack of understanding by citing Mr. Sax from ACT [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]:

Minister@VincentVQ mentioned in the US Senate. Read the story of Belgian entrepreneur MikeSax http://www.scribd.com/doc/44590348 (p.3) #cool

The president of the FFII (also from Belgium) already tells Vincent that he is being bamboozled by Microsoft lobbyists:

Mike Sax is on the payroll of Microsoft and ACT. They are promoting software patents wherever they can.

Later comes this remarks:

Mike Sax for software patents in the name of “small companies”, ACT is a Microsoft proxy, swpats are “Protectionism 2.0″ http://ur1.ca/2hsog

For those who do not know or cannot remember, Vincent has been a key cheerleader of what would possibly become an open door to software patents in Europe. Either he does not understand what he is doing (deceived by lobbyists) or he is knowingly being malicious by harming European software developers.

Watch Microsoft’s propaganda site (MSBBC) as it advertises this abominable push for a patent system which would likely accept software patents in due course:

A group of EU countries plans to strike a deal soon on a simplified and cheaper European patent system – a goal that has eluded the EU for a decade.

The European Commission has thrown its weight behind the move, admitting that there is no unanimity on the issue among the 27 member states.

MSBBC is not news. It’s like the Fox ‘news’ of Microsoft and other corporations like GE. On the face of it, Google too joins this party by offering translations that bridge and thus facilitate USPTO invasion into Europe. “Google signs deal with European Patent Office to translate patents” says this article, but Google really ought to stop helping the broken US patent system, which it seems to be exploiting for ad revenue and other selfish interests, including an accumulation of software monopolies (patents).

Looking at the UK, Out-law.com has this curious article titled “Inventor only entitled to share of employer’s actual patent earnings” and other publications reveal a misguided move in the UK. Glyn Moody writes about it:

Orborne introduces “patent box” – http://bit.ly/fFeFqm hmm, I’d prefer a “patent coffin”… #patents #uk

Is the UK-IPO wilfully borrowing the mistakes of the USPTO? “Patent tax break could drive technology innovation” says another headline from the British press. Is UK-IPO trying to become even worse than it already is? It sure seems like the USPTO stands a chance of repairing some parts of it. As the former president of the FFII, Pieter Hintjens, put it the other day: “Gotta love it. MSFT bankrolls pro-swpat lobbyists for years in Europe, now goes to SCOTUS cause a patent is aimed at Word.” We wrote about this earlier.

Then there is the RAND lobby (largely Microsoft driven and funded [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]), which appears to have already messed about with Neelie Kroes’ head. As the current president of the FFII put it:

Kroes against FLOSS: “can be implemented by all 3rd parties under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory conditions” http://ur1.ca/2hrmw

Needless to say, Kroes was lobbied heavily by Microsoft and its front group ACT. And that’s the unfortunate outcome.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. Links 21/10/2021: GIMP 2.99.8 Released, Hardware Shortages, Mozilla Crisis

    Links for the day



  2. How Oppressive Governments and Web Monopolists Might Try to Discourage Adoption of Internet Protocols Like Gemini

    Popular movements and even some courageous publications have long been subverted by demonisation tactics, splits along unrelated grounds (such as controversial politics) and — failing that — technical sabotage and censorship; one must familiarise oneself with commonly-recurring themes of social control by altercation



  3. [Meme] Strike Triangulations, Reception Issues

    Financial strangulations for Benoît Battistelli‘s unlawful “Strike Regulations”? The EPO will come to regret 2013…



  4. [Meme] Is Saying “No!” to Unlawful Proposals Considered “Impolite”?

    A ‘toxic mix’ of enablers and cowards (who won’t vote negatively on EPO proposals which they know to be unlawful) can serve to show that the EPO isn’t a “social democracy” as Benoît Battistelli liked to call it; it’s just a dictatorship, currently run by the son of a person who actually fought dictatorship



  5. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, October 20, 2021

    IRC logs for Wednesday, October 20, 2021



  6. [Meme] EPO Legal Sophistry and Double Dipping

    An imaginary EPO intercept of Administrative Council discussions in June 2013...



  7. Links 21/10/2021: PostgreSQL JDBC 42.3.0 and Maui Report

    Links for the day



  8. [Meme] [Teaser] “Judge a Person Both by His Friends and Enemies”

    Fervent supporters of Team Battistelli or Team Campinos (a dark EPO era) are showing their allegiances; WIPO and EPO have abused staff similarly over the past decade or so



  9. 'Cluster-Voting' in the European Patent Office/Organisation (When a Country With 1.9 Million Citizens Has the Same Voting Power as a Country With 83.1 Million Citizens)

    Today we examine who has been running the Finnish patent office and has moreover voted in the EPO during the ballot on unlawful "Strike Regulations"; they voted in favour of manifestly illegal rules and for 8.5 years after that (including last Wednesday) they continued to back a shady regime which undermines the EPO's mission statement



  10. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XVIII: Helsinki's Accord

    The Finnish outpost has long been strategic to the EPO because it can help control the vote of four or more nations; evidence suggests this has not changed



  11. [Meme] Living as a Human Resource, Working for Despots

    The EPO has become a truly awful place/employer to work for; salary is 2,000 euros for some (despite workplace stress, sometimes relocation to a foreign country)



  12. Links 20/10/2021: New Redcore Linux and Hospital Adoption of GNU Health

    Links for the day



  13. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    IRC logs for Tuesday, October 19, 2021



  14. Links 19/10/2021: Karanbir Singh Leaves CentOS Board, GPL Violations at Vizio

    Links for the day



  15. [Meme] Giving the Knee

    The 'knee' champion Kratochvìl and 'kneel' champion Erlingsdóttir are simply crushing the law; they’re ignoring the trouble of EPO staff and abuses of the Office, facilitated by the Council itself (i.e. facilitated by themselves)



  16. Josef Kratochvìl Rewarded Again for Covering Up EPO Corruption and the EPO Bribes the Press for Lies Whilst Also Lying About Its Colossal Privacy Violations

    Corrupt officials and officials who actively enable the crimes still control the Office and also the body which was supposed to oversee it; it's pretty evident and clear judging by this week's press statements at the EPO's official Web site



  17. [Meme] Sorry, Wrong Country (Or: Slovenia isn't Great Britain)

    Team UPC is trying to go ahead with a total hoax which a high-level European court would certainly put an end to (if or when a referral is initiated)



  18. How Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden Voted on Patently Unlawful Regulations at the EPO

    We look back and examine what happened 8 years ago when oppressed staff was subjected to unlawful new “regulations” (long enjoyed by António Campinos, the current EPO autocrat)



  19. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XVII: The Non-Monolithic Nordic Bloc

    We start our investigation of how countries in northern Europe ended up voting on the unlawful “Strike Regulations” at the EPO and why



  20. Proof That Windows “11” is a Hoax

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  21. Firefox Becomes as Morally Reprehensible as Apple, Facebook, or Uber

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  22. Links 19/10/2021: GNU dbm 1.22 and Godot 3.4 RC 1

    Links for the day



  23. [Meme] [Teaser] GitHub an Expensive and Dangerous Trap (Also: Misogyny Hub)

    The ongoing Microsoft GitHub exposé will give people compelling reasons to avoid GitHub, which is basically just a subsidised (at a loss) trap



  24. Norway Should Have Voted Against Benoît Battistelli's Illegal (Anti-)'Strike Regulations' at the European Patent Office

    Benoît Battistelli‘s EPO faced no real and potent opposition from Norwegian delegates, who chose to abstain from the vote on the notorious and illegal so-called ‘Strike Regulations’ (they’re just an attack on strikes, an assault on basic rights of labourers)



  25. Links 19/10/2021: Sequoia PGP LGPL 2.0+, Open RAN Adoption

    Links for the day



  26. [Meme] [Teaser] Benoît Battistelli, King of Iceland

    Later today we shall see how the current deputy of the head of the EPO‘s overseeing body was in fact likely rewarded for her complicity in Benoît Battistelli‘s abuses against EPO staff, including staff from Iceland



  27. IRC Proceedings: Monday, October 18, 2021

    IRC logs for Monday, October 18, 2021



  28. Links 19/10/2021: MyGNUHealth 1.0.5 and Ubuntu 22.04 Now Developed

    Links for the day



  29. [Meme] [Teaser] Thrown Under the Bus

    Tomorrow we shall look at Danish enablers of unlawful EPO regulations, Jesper Kongstad and Anne Rejnhold Jørgensen



  30. The World Needs to Know What Many Austrians Already Know About Rude Liar, the Notorious 'Double-Dipper'

    Today we publish many translations (from German) about the Austrian double-dipper, who already became the subject of unfavourable press coverage in his home country; he’s partly responsible for crushing fundamental rights at the EPO under Benoît Battistelli‘s regime


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts