EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

03.17.17

UPC Fake News Rising Sharply as Door Closes for Unitary Patent Ratification and Jo Johnson ‘Needs’ to Believe the UPC Will Actually Happen

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 7:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Team UPC keeps spreading a lot of fake news in the UK, e.g. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

Fake news in Wikipedia
Reference: Wikipedia

Summary: An outline of some of the latest attempts to distort the truth for financial gain (lawyers who stand to gain from the UPC, along with their giant clients that wish to crush competition across Europe)

THE UPC is not in a good state or in decent shape. There is a lobbying campaign, however, trying to make it seem as though the UPC is desirable, imminent, and unstoppable. Dr. Ingve Björn Stjern too has already debunked these myths. That’s what they are: myths. Honest, albeit few, people inside the legal profession sometimes care to admit the truth under their real name. Many are complicit by silence, oftentimes out of convenience. As someone put it some weeks ago in IP Kat, the very thought of UPC in the UK “is a perfect example of what lobbying can achieve!”

“Dr. Ingve Björn Stjern too has already debunked these myths. That’s what they are: myths.”We are a Web site composed largely by a single person (hi!), but that doesn’t mean we’re powerless in the face of an extraordinary lobbying campaign funded in part by Benoît Battistelli and the EPO for a number of years. They’re lying to us. They are trying to fool all of us, including our elected officials.

As we have explained here repeatedly (even yesterday), the UPC simply cannot — as a matter of law — happen in the UK (court jurisdiction, requirement of being EU member state etc.), so the best Team UPC can do right now is rewrite what’s known as “UPC” with Milan instead of London. It wouldn’t even (necessarily) be called “UPC” at that point. Speaking of Milan, see yesterday’s article from Trevisan & Cuonzo Avvocati (a law firm), titled “Should I stay or should I go: the Court of Milan rules on the possibility of deciding on an invalidity/infringement action pending opposition before the EPO” (it would be off topic to remark on it right now).

“Honest, albeit few, people inside the legal profession sometimes care to admit the truth under their real name. Many are complicit by silence, oftentimes out of convenience.”The reality of the UPC being strictly impossible in the UK is not being tolerated. The law firms down in London are very, very angry. They are also somewhat nervous, knowing that Article 50 is coming and Jo Johnson has not yet ratified anything (even when Team UPC said he was ‘supposed’ to, namely March 7th).

Here we have a lawyer at James Ware Stephenson stating: “#IP #Brexit UPC function depends on quality of judges – UK is therefore best location of the UPC @IPaware”

But wait, what are the assumptions here? That British judges are somehow superior (supposedly the English language too) and that the UPC will come to post-Brexit Britain? “Quit pretending that UPC is coming to the UK,” I responded, “based on fake news that the lobbyists are trying to reinforce…”

“They try to attract UPC-related business, hence their constant lobbying for the UPC.”I have not received a respond, but never expected one either. The UPC proponents live in their own bubble and simply reject anyone who points out facts. Another person wrote that “JILL Smith of Dyson concerned about keeping what we have in IP @Dyson @ipaware #Brexit event @Briffalegal”

For those who wonder what “@ipaware” in these tweets refers to, it’s the “IP Awareness Network”, which is a sort of front group for the likes of Team UPC (and beyond), akin to CIPA. They’re simply lobbyists. Go to their original/official site and you will see “Site off-line”, so they don’t even maintain a Web site really (not so well anyway).

Darren Smyth, who has been lobbying for the UPC while knowing it's bad for the British industry, has just said (in the above context, “IP Awareness Network”): “UK industry will be reluctant to use Unitary Patent and #UPC until clear whether UK will stay in after #Brexit @IPaware”

They try to attract UPC-related business, hence their constant lobbying for the UPC. At whose expense? Brits who actually create things, and would be rendered vulnerable if the UPC ever became a reality. The same is true not only for Brits.

“Team UPC itself, suffice to say, is a 24/7 operation of UPC fake news, just amplifying its own misinformation as the closing date (Brexit/Article 50) looms.”Another one of those British UPC hopefuls (looking to profit from it, without actually creating anything) wrote that “#Unitary patent looks, at this point in time, to be on track for start date of December 1 2017.”

“You are linking to fake news from Team UPC,” I clarified, linking to our detailed debunkings of these fake news. Repeating fake news about UPC and Spain seems the only thing they’re capable of doing now (even linking again to already-debunked news from a week ago).

Team UPC itself, suffice to say, is a 24/7 operation of UPC fake news, just amplifying its own misinformation as the closing date (Brexit/Article 50) looms. Bird & Bird IP, a core part of Team UPC,‏ needs to come clean about spreading fake news regarding Spain, but instead it writes that “The Socialist Party presses the Minister for answers on why Spain remains out of the #UPC system,” linking to its own lobbying, (mis)filed under the “news” section, under “articles”.

“Well, the “UPC Prep Committee” is nothing but the wolf that guards the sheep (or the fox watching over the hen house).”Team UPC employee Beatriz Díaz de Escauriaza (Associate in Spain) does some more lobbying, again with fake news which misrepresents what actually happened there. It’s not even news, it goes years back (2015) and is in no way indicative of upcoming change of mind, unless the Spanish media gets ‘planted’ in it politically-motivated shame pieces (as already happens, after pressure from Team UPC and maybe the EPO/FTI Consulting).

MIP, which keeps pushing for the UPC in strategic events (that just happen to coincide with Battistelli's lobbying visit to Jo Johnson), now refers to a "Committee" which is itself Team UPC as a source when it says: “Interesting: UPC Prep Committee “confident” UPCA Protocol will come into effect at end of May!”

“That’s like asking think tanks of fracking giants whether or not fracking is harmful to one’s health and the fracking analogy goes a long way because the EPO contracted fracking lobbyists to push agenda like the UPC.”Well, the “UPC Prep Committee” is nothing but the wolf that guards the sheep (or the fox watching over the hen house). That’s like asking think tanks of fracking giants whether or not fracking is harmful to one’s health and the fracking analogy goes a long way because the EPO contracted fracking lobbyists to push agenda like the UPC.

Truth be said, we have become accustomed to fake news about the UPC, courtesy of Team UPC and few gullible journalists who engage in no fact-checking process; this isn’t a new strategy and they have been doing this for many years, always predicting the imminent arrival of something that never came, in order to blackmail politicians into signing things in a rush, thinking they would be left behind/outside otherwise.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

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. Amid Constitutional Court Barrier, Unitary Patent (UPC) Looks Dead Even to UPC Proponents, the EPO's UPC 'Study' Comes Under Fire

    This Thanksgiving Day is spent by Team UPC trying to prop up the UPC even though no progress whatsoever is being made and the EPO's 'study' on the UPC is said to be flawed



  2. The European Patent Office Has Become the 'Foxconn' of Patent Offices

    The demise of the EPO, which emulates patent offices that are racing to the bottom, is a life-threatening employer which now jeopardises its very existence



  3. Links 23/11/2017: Lumina and Qt Quick

    Links for the day



  4. EPO is Imploding as Benoît Battistelli Drains Out Work, Talent, and Justice

    Battistelli's vicious assault on the Office, culminating in an attack on justice and the drainage of work (declining/decreasing 'demand' for 'products') necessarily means mass layoffs and nothing to fill the vacuum left



  5. Links 22/11/2017: Qt 5.9.3 Released, FCC v the Internet

    Links for the day



  6. Patent Lawyers' Media Comes to Grips With the End of Software Patents

    The reality of the matter is grim for software patents and the patent microcosm, 'borrowing' the media as usual, tries to give false hopes by insinuating that the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) may overturn Alice quite soon



  7. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Foes Manipulate the Facts to Belittle the Impact of PTAB

    In an effort to sabotage PTAB with its inter partes reviews the patent microcosm is organising one-sided events that slam PTAB's legitimacy and misrepresent statistics



  8. Links 21/11/2017: LibreELEC (Krypton) v8.2.1 MR, Mesa 17.3.0 RC5

    Links for the day



  9. PTAB Inter Partes Reviews (“IPRs”) Are Essential in an Age When One Can Get Sued for Merely Mocking a Patent

    The battle over the right to criticise particular patents has gotten very real and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) fought it until the end; this is why we need granted patents to be criticised upon petitions too (and often invalidated as a result)



  10. Chinese Patent Policy Continues to Mimic All the Worst Elements of the American System

    China is becoming what the United States used to be in terms of patents, whereas the American system is adopting saner patent policies that foster real innovation whilst curtailing mass litigation



  11. Links 20/11/2017: Why GNU/Linux is Better Than Windows, Another Linus Torvalds Rant

    Links for the day



  12. “US Inventor” is a “Bucket of Deplorables” Not Worthy of Media Coverage

    Jan Wolfe of Reuters treats a fringe group called “US Inventor” as though it's a conservative voice rather than a bunch of patent extremists pretending to be inventors



  13. Team Battistelli's Attacks on the EPO Boards of Appeal Predate the Illegal Sanctions Against a Judge

    A walk back along memory lane reveals that Battistelli has, all along, suppressed and marginalised DG3 members, in order to cement total control over the entire Organisation, not just the Office



  14. PTAB is Safe, the Patent Extremists Just Try to Scandalise It Out of Sheer Desperation

    The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which gave powers to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) through inter partes reviews (IPRs), has no imminent threats, not potent ones anyway



  15. Update on the EPO's Crackdown on the Boards of Appeal

    Demand of 35% increases from the boards serves to show that Battistelli now does to the 'independent' judges what he already did to examiners at the Office



  16. The Lobbyists Are Trying to Subvert US Law in Favour of Patent Predators

    Mingorance, Kappos, Underweiser and other lobbyists for the software patents agenda (paid by firms like Microsoft and IBM) keep trying to undo progress, notably the bans on software patents



  17. Patent Trolls Based in East Texas Are Affected Very Critically by TC Heartland

    The latest situation in Texas (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in particular), which according to new analyses is the target of legal scrutiny for the 'loopholes' it provided to patent trolls in search of easy legal battles



  18. Alice Remains a Strong Precedential Decision and the Media Has Turned Against Software Patents

    The momentum against the scourge of software patents and the desperation among patent 'professionals' (people who don't create/develop/invent) is growing



  19. Harm Still Caused by Granted Software Patents

    A roundup of recent (past week's) announcements, including legal actions, contingent upon software patents in an age when software patents bear no real legitimacy



  20. Links 18/11/2017: Raspberry Digital Signage 10, New Nano

    Links for the day



  21. 23,000 Posts

    23,000 blog posts milestone reached in 11 years



  22. BlackBerry Cannot Sell Phones and Apple Looks Like the Next BlackBerry (a Pile of Patents)

    The lifecycle of mobile giants seems to typically end in patent shakedown, as Apple loses its business to Android just like Nokia and BlackBerry lost it to Apple



  23. EFF and CCIA Use Docket Navigator and Lex Machina to Identify 'Stupid Patents' (Usually Software Patents That Are Not Valid)

    In spite of threats and lawsuits from bogus 'inventors' whom they criticise, EFF staff continues the battle against patents that should never have been granted at all



  24. The Australian Productivity Commission Shows the Correct Approach to Setting Patent Laws and Scope

    Australia views patents on software as undesirable and acts accordingly, making nobody angry except a bunch of law firms that profited from litigation and patent maximalism



  25. EPO 'Business' From the United States Has Nosedived and UPC is on Its Death Throes

    Benoît Battistelli and Elodie Bergot further accelerate the ultimate demise of the EPO (getting rid of experienced and thus 'expensive' staff), for which there is no replacement because there is a monopoly (which means Europe will suffer severely)



  26. Links 17/11/2017: KDE Applications 17.12, Akademy 2018 Plans

    Links for the day



  27. Today's EPO and Team UPC Do Not Work for Europe But Actively Work Against Europe

    The tough reality that some Europeans actively work to undermine science and technology in Europe because they personally profit from it and how this relates to the Unitary Patent (UPC), which is still aggressively lobbied for, sometimes by bribing/manipulating the media, academia, and public servants



  28. Links 16/11/2017: WordPress 4.9 and GhostBSD 11.1 Released

    Links for the day



  29. The Staff Union of the EPO (SUEPO) is Rightly Upset If Not Shocked at What Battistelli and Bergot Are Doing to the Office

    The EPO's dictatorial management is destroying everything that's left (of value) at the Office while corrupting academia and censoring discussion by threatening those who publish comments (gagging its own staff even when that staff posts anonymously)



  30. EPO Continues to Disobey the Law on Software Patents in Europe

    Using the same old euphemisms, e.g. "computer-implemented inventions" (or "CII"), the EPO continues to grant patents which are clearly and strictly out of scope


CoPilotCo

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

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts