Having already flung multiple false rumours at Michelle Lee, Watchtroll does it again, this time aided by IAM
Watchtroll is a bullying campaign whose goal is not justice but patent maximalism, i.e. self/personal gain
Summary: The aforementioned lobbying and foul play, striving to get rid of the USPTO Director who helped PTAB succeed, trolls fail, and patent quality improve
THE USPTO has been under attack by a whispering campaign and a witch-hunt led by patent maximalists, including Watchtroll and IAM. They are eager to install their own cronies and destroy any progress that has been made reforming the patent system.
“Sadly, Watchtroll’s campaign against Michelle Lee continues.”Watchtroll is now complaining about Alice (yet again, maybe the thousandth time), as if the death of software patents was a bad thing. It says “data shows that the US Supreme Court’s decision in Alice has crushed much of the nascent financial technology (fintech) patent market and affected software package sales rates.”
What is this “patent market”? Patents are not a market. The market actually produces something (other than patents) and sometimes uses patents to restrict competition. Sadly, Watchtroll’s campaign against Michelle Lee continues. Having written almost a dozen attack pieces against her (that we have noticed), it now latches onto PTAB's latest (attempt to appease thugs like Watchtroll), takes a horrifying photo of Lee, and repeats its unverified claim that “[t]he timing of the announcement is curious given that Michelle Lee’s days seem numbered as Director of the Office.”
“IAM, another malicious site that has participated in this lobbying/witch-hunting campaign, amplified this nonsense yesterday.”According to who? Watchtroll itself?
IAM, another malicious site that has participated in this lobbying/witch-hunting campaign, amplified this nonsense yesterday. Patent maximalists of IAM, not just Watchtroll, wrote this:
Interest groups gear up for fight with Trump administration over USPTO budget
In a clear bid to play up a rivalry that Trump is all too aware of, it alleges that this is playing into the hands of China and its voracious patenting efforts.
The one bright spot, according to the lobbyist, is that new Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, “really understands the patent system”. As IP Watchdog reported recently, Ross has been busy interviewing prospective candidates for the position of USPTO Director with former Johnson & Johnson IP executive Phil Johnson and former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall Rader both still in the running. With the budget clouds gathering over Washington DC, whoever is appointed faces perhaps the most daunting task in IP.
What we see here is that same old Chinophobia [1, 2] that the software patents lobby has resorted to quite a lot recently (never mind Lee’s ethnic origins) and then repetition of claims made only by a site of liars and thugs, who habitually spread falsehoods. They are still engaging in a whispering campaign against the USPTO Director, having already spread false rumours against her several months back. It’s not a crime to do this; it’s just unethical and outright nasty. They create scandals out of nothing. They try to make their own prophecies become a reality. Team UPC uses similar tactics.
“They are still engaging in a whispering campaign against the USPTO Director, having already spread false rumours against her several months back.”“PTAB procedure should be free of charge,” Watchtroll got told by Benjamin Henrion. Remember that Watchtroll not only criticises PTAB but also insults it. It just can’t stop harassing Lee, even by spreading bogus conspiracy theories about Google and her. Months ago it said she had resigned, but clearly that was false, as confirmed by an official statement from the administration. The label “fake news” came into existence because of politically-motivated (or financially-motivated) sites like Watchtoll, not irresponsible satirical sites. █