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10.01.16

Benoît Battistelli and Team UPC Are at War With European Democracy, Which They View as an Obstacle to Money and Power

Posted in Europe, Patents at 10:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

A self-serving conspiracy of law firms and other facilitators of Big Business

The Democracy Monument
The Democracy Monument

Summary: Some of the latest hints of the vain attitude which EPO managers and UPC-leaning law firms have adopted, as part of their plan to impose the UPC on Europe in spite of public resistance (or apathy due to lack of information and consultation)

“Unitary patent Reduction of annual fees post-Brexit not likely says Battistelli in Juve Interview,” according to the author. We still hope that someone will send us a translation of this Juve piece so that we can address and debunk the claims made by Battistelli in it (automated translations are not reliable and can lead to misunderstandings and errors). We know from experience that a very high proportion of what Benoît Battistelli says is complete lies, sometimes defamatory lies.

“Now that UPC lobbying intensifies we see more clearly that the moral depravity of the EPO expands beyond Eponia and threatens to ‘corrupt’ politicians everywhere in Europe.”“EPO [is] bypassing Parliaments,” Benjamin Henrion said about this interview, quoting: “Because otherwise a lengthy diplomatic conference and ratified by the 38 parliaments” (as if that’s just a nuisance to be overcome).

The EPO under Battistelli’s leadership has been an utter disaster. Everyone we speak to, both inside and outside the EPO, thinks so. Now that UPC lobbying intensifies we see more clearly that the moral depravity of the EPO expands beyond Eponia and threatens to ‘corrupt’ politicians everywhere in Europe. We cannot let this happen.

Watch this latest from Bristows, which is occupying politics in an effort to change the law in its favour. Just before the weekend their staff wrote “Latest news from #BristowsUPC – Call for action on the #UPC,” linking to this page of theirs that says: “The press release from the 3485th meeting of the EU Competitiveness Council of 29 September 2016 records that calls for the swift entry into force of the UPC were made by several delegations [see page 10 here].”

“If the UPC was ever to pass (somehow, even without the UK), it would be a massive blow for the EU, demonstrating utter disregard for democracy.”Bristows has spent spent so much time attacking European and British democracy for the UPC, after it spent a lot of money and effort even rebranding itself “Bristows UPC”. We wouldn’t be surprised it they announced layoffs upon the official collapse of the UPC and even IAM ‘magazine’ publicly disagreed with Bristows, stating in Twitter: “It. Isn’t. Going. To. Happen.”

From the PDF of Bristows we get a glimpse at what they’re pushing for. Patent scope is indeed being affected as according to Henrion, who looked at the document, the “EPO [is] also extending patents to plant breeders, UPC will also rubberstamp that as well…”

This is why we need to urgently put an end to any attempt to resurrect the UPC. It’s not dead until the fat lady sings, as the old saying goes. If the UPC was ever to pass (somehow, even without the UK), it would be a massive blow for the EU, demonstrating utter disregard for democracy. That, in turn, could motivate other nations to ‘pull a Brexit’, motivated in part by the perception that the EU writes laws in secret, often for special interests.

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