08.05.15

EPO Measures Productivity Using the Wrong Yardstick in Order to Sell Its Racket to the Public

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The coup d’état continues while patents are going way beyond what’s physical

A motor

Summary: Board of Appeal members (typically limiting the EPO’s power) are being further marginalised by the EPO which is artificially and irresponsibly increasing the number of patents as if patent maximisation is in the interest of the European public

THE EPO‘s rogue management has been crushing workers’ rights to the point where many of these highly-qualified workers (if not most of them) routinely walk out to protest, demonstrating in front of their employer. EPO staff is not happy; to make matters worse, it is increasingly afraid and there are many suicides. It’s a toxic working environment. Last year we wrote about the EPO’s attacks on EBoA/BoA, which is supposed to enjoy relative independence. AMBA, which represents many of these workers and was mentioned here a month ago, diplomatically strikes back as EPO tries to weaken EBoA/BoA in Europe, just as it did with other potential sources of challenge/scrutiny/opposition (the EPO is seemingly above the law now, at least that’s what the management thinks). Seeing what the EPO has been doing to SUEPO and even a judge, AMBA must be tiptoeing here.

“Weaker EBoA/BoA would mean that Benoît Battistelli, Željko Topić and other corrupt officials can just do as they please.”AMBA’s request for public input (especially from informed practitioners in the field) is finally receiving coverage from the lawyers at IP Kat. “The new AMBA proposal,” explains the author, “reiterates the earlier concerns, but then takes the further step of proposing alternative possible reforms to the structure and governance of the Boards of Appeal in order to increase their autonomy. It is a detailed and considered document. The main feature of the proposal is to have, in place of the proposed BOAC of CA/16/15, a different body, called (for the sake of nominative differentiation) the “Senate of the Boards of Appeal”, that would have external members (in the same way as the proposed BOAC), but, importantly, would include a majority of Board of Appeal members. This would integrate better with the already existing “Presidium of the Boards of Appeal”, whose residual function under the CA/16/15 proposal was unclear and seemed rather limited. AMBA’s proposals are analysed with reference to accepted standards for the governance of the judiciary, embodied in the Burgh House Principles on the Independence of the International Judiciary, and the Council of Europe recommendations on the judiciary CM/Rec(2010)12, “Judges: independence, efficiency and responsibilities”.”

Historically, as articles of ours from over 5 years ago serve to show, Board of Appeal members helped ensure that the EPO cannot just so vainly expand patent scope to all sorts of domains like software. Weaker EBoA/BoA would mean that Benoît Battistelli, Željko Topić and other corrupt officials can just do as they please. The ‘suspension’ of a judge was a loud warning shot from these gangsters and EBoA/BoA staff must be terrified now. These people no longer feel independent because Battistelli just nonchalantly breaks the rules (he even breaks the law which he arrogantly claims to be exempted from) and assaults anyone who merely dare question the integrity of the gangsters (Topić in this case).

“The later costs are vast and those who pay the price are not the gangsters of EPO management (with huge salaries) but citizens of Europe who subsidise the EPO to pay these huge salaries.”IP Kat has this new article which repeats claims of “Productivity Increase at the EPO” — the same inane claims that echo claims of “Productivity Increase” (or ‘enemy’ death toll) by NATO forces in Iraq. As we have been showing here a number for years, the EPO broadened the scope of patents so as to increase profits at the expense of people who are bound to get hurt (e.g. extorted or driven to bankruptcy) by patents that never should have been granted in the first place.

As Merpel put it, “it is not surprising that examination products are up. It is however still unclear what is the need for this. Merpel has attempted with limited success to discern the financial position of the EPO and has called for more financial transparency. She still cannot see why the senior management of the EPO seems obsessed with increasing the flow of patent grants in the short term, whatever the later cost.”

The later costs are vast and those who pay the price are not the gangsters of EPO management (with huge salaries) but citizens of Europe who subsidise the EPO to pay these huge salaries. What a racket!

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

This post is also available in Gemini over at:

gemini://gemini.techrights.org/2015/08/05/coup-detat-vs-oversight/

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, May 06, 2021

    IRC logs for Thursday, May 06, 2021



  2. “The Lolita Express” and Prince Bill

    “The Lolita Express” scandals return to haunt pool old Bill, as it turns out his wife was upset and it's quite likely the reason for their divorce



  3. Links 7/5/2021: GNU/Linux Preinstalled, Plamo 7.3, LibreOffice 7.1.3

    Links for the day



  4. The Latest Reports About Bill Gates Serve to Confirm or at Least Reaffirm Many People's Suspicions

    So, just as many people suspected, Melinda Gates did not appreciate her husband sneaking behind her back to meet someone who had trafficked thousands of underage girls for sexual exploitation and there are high-profile calls right now for greater transparency, seeing the impact on the world’s biggest tax evasion vehicle



  5. Disregard Web Sites That Call Themselves 'News' and Instead Promote Proprietary Software for Companies Like Microsoft

    Publishers like IDG have long been paid-for marketing in ‘article’ clothing, sometimes with the veneer of ‘reporting’ (as if they have some inside knowledge or insight, e.g. speaking with or for the company they secretly coordinate with or market for); but sadly we’ve been seeing some so-called ‘Linux’ sites doing the same thing, in effect acting like de facto Microsoft marketers



  6. [Meme] Who Needs Examination Anyway When There's 'Hey Hi' (AI)?

    The patent production line could do away with 'pesky' and 'opinionated' examiners who actually wish to scrutinise alleged 'inventions'



  7. Europe's Second-Largest Institution Corrupting the Media and Buying Expensive Puff Pieces

    As annual reports reveal, the EPO wastes an extraordinary amount of money on reputation laundering campaigns and it pollutes the signal by paying publishers; we examine this issue using the new 'reports' shown in the video above



  8. Links 6/5/2021: Fedora’s Compiler Policy and Celemony Software GmbH Adopting Free Software

    Links for the day



  9. Free Software Proponents Don't Fall for Bullshit (Same is True for EPO Examiners)

    There are parallels between what happens in the Free Software Movement and the EPO, where well-meaning people — and usually hard-working scientists — are besieged by people who never really contributed anything to society



  10. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, May 05, 2021

    IRC logs for Wednesday, May 05, 2021



  11. Lessons From Another Failed Coup Against the Free Software Movement

    The coup has very clearly failed and we should prepare for future attempts (they go in cycles); the monopolies really dislike software they cannot control fully (e.g. copyleft/GPL-licensed software)



  12. Links 5/5/2021: Mesa 21.1 Released and New Releases of Python

    Links for the day



  13. Links 5/5/2021: StarLabs, GNU Zile 2.6.2, Fedora i3 Spin

    Links for the day



  14. Phony 'Scandals' From Phony 'News' Site ZDNet

    Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols continues the coup against the FSF (trying to separate it from its founder, Richard Stallman), funded by IBM and Microsoft to engage in libel at a marketing company-owned ‘news’ site called ZDNet



  15. Links 5/5/2021: Windows Security Breaches and GNU Pokology Launched

    Links for the day



  16. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, May 04, 2021

    IRC logs for Tuesday, May 04, 2021



  17. Links 4/5/2021: Taiwins 0.3, KDE Plasma 5.21.5 Released

    Links for the day



  18. EPO Already Wasting Money on Media Manipulation Campaigns for European Inventor Award

    An online-only European Inventor Award 'event' is being used as a pretext/excuse to flood European publishers with money they can rightly perceive as 'hush money'; everyone out there with no spine would likely buckle at the sight of EPO euros and just produce mindless puff pieces that serve to distract from EPO corruption



  19. The Timing of This Melinda Gates Tweet Was Always Curious...

    Remarking on her trip to Africa, where the Gates family lobbies for monopolies on seeds (for profit or course, notably through Monsanto/Bayer, which the Gates family heavily invests in), she posted pure fluff and old photos. And it’s hard to believe she had nothing better to do at the time (better than such nostalgia). As we noted last year: “The above tweet of a beach was posted [by Melinda Gates] on the date of the arrest/search of their employee, who was at their residence at the time.” He was arrested around the very same time this tweet was posted. As we wrote last year (based on detailed documents obtained from the police department): “This tweet was posted 2 hours and 40 minutes after the door was breached and incriminating evidence collected.” He was arrested later that morning at the mansion of Bill and Melinda Gates (the police records contain detailed timelines to confirm the chronology). Melinda’s first name was also in the CP 'stash'.



  20. Media Frenzy Around Gates Divorce Helps Distract From Bill's Crimes

    The distraction from many Gates scandals is cushioned by yet another personal fluff; we would rather see investigative journalism pursuing real answers about real scandals



  21. IRC Proceedings: Monday, May 03, 2021

    IRC logs for Monday, May 03, 2021



  22. EPO Disregards Animal Welfare

    An often overlooked issue surrounding the second-largest institution in Europe is its impact on millions if not billions of animals; there's ongoing research into that



  23. Links 3/5/2021: Sparky 5.15, Bill Gates Divorce, Netflix Fraud

    Links for the day



  24. Links 3/5/2021: New in OpenBSD 6.9 and Audacity Acquired By Muse Group

    Links for the day



  25. Adding, Seaming Together, Merging, or Concatenating Videos From the Command Line With FFMPEG (Scripting for Streamlining of Workflows)

    In order to enrich the looks of videos with almost no extra time/effort (all scripted, no GUIs should be needed) use ffmpeg with the concat operator; but there are several big gotchas, namely lack of sound and need for consistency across formats/codecs and even sampling rates



  26. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, May 02, 2021

    IRC logs for Sunday, May 02, 2021



  27. StatCounter: In May 2021 Windows Market Share Falls Sharply to Just 28%, Whereas GNU/Linux Climbs to 2.31% in Desktops/Laptops

    StatCounter isn't an authority on truth; nevertheless, it helps expose some trends and it shows that Windows is consistently falling, whereas GNU/Linux moves up steadily



  28. Links 3/5/2021: Ubuntu EoL Dates and Nitrux 1.4.0

    Links for the day



  29. Richard Stallman: “Google Can Forcibly Impose Software Changes and the User Can’t Say No.”

    "This is the same thing that Microsoft has in Windows," Stallman told me, "so Microsoft can also impose software changes. Any malicious feature that's not in the program today could be remotely installed tomorrow."



  30. It's Not About Richard Stallman

    First they came for the Founder...


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