10.22.15

Techrights to Increase Coverage of EPO Scandals and the Unitary Patent

Posted in Europe, Patents, Site News at 5:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The EPO’s management wants war

EPO backdrop

Summary: A statement of intent to delve even deeper into EPO affairs, in an effort to expose what has become large-scale and systemic abuse far too great to ignore

AS regular readers may have noticed, we have begun improving our EPO Wiki (still work in progress) and we intend to cover the abuses of the EPO’s management a lot more frequently than in past months. There are clearly institutional abuses there. It needs to change and it is possible the in this process some heads will roll, whereupon they will attempt to shoot the messengers (even engaging in legal bullying).

“We hereby invite people to kindly provide us with information they are aware of that merits publication.”As the chronology shows quite clearly, our original opposition to the EPO’s position was mainly about software patents. Software developers just simply don’t want them and don’t need them. The President of the FFII, a programmer and an opponent of the UPC (because it can usher into Europe software patents) wrote this tweet yesterday, taking note of the horrible thing which is being shoved — undemocratically as a matter of fact — down the throats of all Europeans:

EPO says on its automated translation website of patents that it should not be used for important commercial decisions. #epo #fail #unipat

This is all about maximising the scope of injunctions, the scope of patents and so on. It’s all about globalists and multinational corporations that are drunk on power and continue their power grab behind closed doors (e.g. the TPP).

In the US, by contract, software patents may now be on their way out. Seyfarth Shaw LLP, like many software patents-centric lawyers these days, does not want the public to know about it. They are cherry-picking incidents that are the exception to the norm, namely that Alice eliminates software patents in various US courts.

Given that the United States, the original home of software patents, is moving away from software patents, why would Europe ever consider phasing them in, if not due to corruption and aggressive lobbying?

Expect Techrights to dedicate more space to these issues in the near and distant future. We hereby invite people to kindly provide us with information they are aware of that merits publication. We have a perfect record of never letting down sources (this site will soon turn 9). Anonymity is more important than encryption for this purpose (we are working on a secure drop-box to better facilitate this). If the EPO’s management wants war, which it evidently does (as we shall explain next month), then it will need to mount an ugly war on whistleblowers, then face the consequences in the European or even international media.

“Staff at the European Patent Office went on strike accusing the organization of corruption: specifically, stretching the standards for patents in order to make more money.

“One of the ways that the EPO has done this is by issuing software patents in defiance of the treaty that set it up.”

Richard Stallman

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