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

05.03.17

Battistelli’s EPO Has Made Life Itself Patentable

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Because “production”!

Intellectual Property and Genomics
Reference: genome.gov (US)

Summary: With fewer opposition/appeal opportunities, not to mention lack of oversight, terrible patents are being fast-tracked under Battistelli, paving the way to truly devastating things which would likely cost lives

MUCH as we had feared, the EPO under Battistelli (i.e. totally dysfunctional) went on to granting all sorts of crazy patents, making itself the world's laughing stock when it comes to patent quality. Battistelli does not even understand patents. He didn’t touch the subject until he was near retirement age. He thinks of them like commodities in a factory and uses words like “demand”, “production”, etc. That’s how frustratingly hopeless he is.

“Battistelli does not even understand patents.”Based on these two press releases from yesterday [1, 2] and a new article from the UK, in spite of oppositions and objections (from courts even), the USPTO follows crooked Battistelli and lets CRISPR be patented. “Scientists and inventors have been watching the decisions of the EPO and USPTO,” says the article, “because these decisions may leave one of these entities with a patent portfolio worth billions of dollars.”

“It does not take a genius to understand why hitherto, for a very long time in fact, patents on CRISPR have been verboten.”So it’s all about greed, isn’t it? And at whose expense? Where are the honest economists of the EPO as opposed to French cronies of Battistelli? (Yann Ménière)

It does not take a genius to understand why hitherto, for a very long time in fact, patents on CRISPR have been verboten. “In parallel with the USPTO’s review,” the article says, “the EPO was considering what, if any, patent protection it should grant UC. UC’s European patent application was the subject of great interest, as several third-party observations were submitted to the EPO seeking to impede the issuance of the patent. These observations included arguments that the UC patent publications did not support a claim scope that encompassed CRISPR in a eukaryotic environment, similar to those presented in the United States. Despite these submissions, the EPO has notified the public that it intends to issue a patent to UC for the use of CRISPR-Cas9 in either prokaryotic or eukaryotic cells. Within nine months of issuance, this patent may be the subject of third-party oppositions that challenge whether the patent should have issued. If filed, an opposition will afford the third-party a substantive role in the arguments before the EPO than it had before, similar to the procedure in the US where a third-party cab remain involved during an interference proceeding. This may increase the likelihood of the EPO questioning a claim scope that includes use in a eukaryotic cell.”

“That’s why scientists, not crooked politicians, are needed for top positions at the EPO.”As is widely known by now (even by EPO stakeholders, not just insiders), Battistelli has attacked oppositions and appeals, narrowing their impact and ensuring that a massive decline in patent quality will be harder to detect and measure.

Battistelli’s regime and bullies have already cost many people their lives. With patents like the above, Battistelli might soon have a lot more ‘blood on his hands’ (maybe millions of people). That’s why scientists, not crooked politicians, are needed for top positions at the EPO. Battistelli’s political associations have in fact disqualified him, but he doesn’t obey rules, not even his own.

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. Links 19/10/2019: DeX Discontinued, DXVK 1.4.3 and Wine 4.18 Released

    Links for the day



  2. 'Corporate Linux' Will Not Protect Software Freedom

    The corporate model is inherently not compatible with software that users themselves fully control (or Software Freedom in general), so we must rely on another model of sovereignty over code and compiled code (binaries)



  3. IRC Proceedings: Friday, October 18, 2019

    IRC logs for Friday, October 18, 2019



  4. 26,000 Posts

    We want to thank those who help spread the word; it gives us moral support and morale.



  5. The Myth of 'Analysts'

    People with exaggerated roles (exaggerated by corporate media and corporations that control them) distort public perceptions about their clients; they're in effect just elevated marketing or Public Relations (PR) operatives



  6. The FSF Has Two Acting Presidents Now

    Alexandre Oliva, who acted as a sort of deputy of Richard Stallman in recent weeks, sheds some much-needed light on the current situation



  7. Should Anybody Dictate the Free Software Movement?

    "There's a great myth, as Jagadees reminds us, that advocacy doesn't produce software. That myth is corporate, and proper advocacy has at times produced the greatest software in the history of computing. If we want great Free software to continue, we need advocacy more than ever."



  8. Links 18/10/2019: More KDE Events and OpenBSD 6.6

    Links for the day



  9. We Don't Know Who Will Run the Free Software Foundation, But We Know Who Will Run the GNU Project

    Software Freedom is under a heavy and perhaps unprecedented attack; some people out there are paid by the attackers to celebrate this attack and defame people (cheering for corporate takeover under the blanket of “Open Source”), but the founder of the Free software movement remains alive, well, and very much active



  10. New EPO Meme: Who Wants to Make Billions From a 'Public' Monopoly?

    What was supposed to be a cash-balanced patent office became a money-making monster that fakes ‘crises’ to attack hard-working examiners



  11. EmacsConf Without Richard Stallman

    Now that emacs is being 'rebranded' this kind of meme seems apt



  12. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, October 17, 2019

    IRC logs for Thursday, October 17, 2019



  13. Guest Article: In the Absence of Richard Stallman OEM Source Software ('Open Source') is Trying to Hijack Even Emacs

    "Now they have to create some fictional history. No need to worry."



  14. Guest Article: Techies Should Not Dictate the Free Software Movement

    "We should start a second phase of the Free software movement that's making good software and putting users at the center."



  15. Links 17/10/2019: Ubuntu Turns 15, New Codename Revealed, Ubuntu 19.10 is Out

    Links for the day



  16. Free as in Free Speech (Restrictions May Apply)

    When limits of speech are not safety-related rules but political correctness or conformism



  17. There Won't be Patent Justice Until Patent Trolling Becomes Completely and Totally Extinct

    SLAPP-like behaviour and extortion/blackmail tactics using patent monopolies are a stain on the patent system; it's time to adopt measures to stop these things once and for all, bearing in mind they're inherently antithetical to the goal/s of the patent system and therefore discourage public support for this whole system



  18. EPO Staff Union and Staff Representatives Ought to Demand EPO Stops Bullying Publishers and Censoring Their Sites

    An often neglected if not forgotten aspect of EPO tyranny is the war on information itself; EPO management continues to show hostility towards journalism and disdain for true information



  19. Bribes, Lies, Fundamental Violations of the Law and Cover-Up: This is Today's European Patent Office

    It has gotten extremely difficult to hold the conspirators accountable for turning Europe’s patent office into a ‘printing machine’ of the litigation industry and amassing vast amounts of money (to be passed to private, for-profit companies)



  20. The Free Software Foundation (FSF) Lost Almost Half (3 Out of 8) Board Members in Only One Month

    As the old saying goes, a picture (or screenshot) is worth a thousand words



  21. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

    IRC logs for Wednesday, October 16, 2019



  22. Startpage and System1 Abuse Your Privacy Under the Guise of 'Privacy One Group'

    Startpage has sold out and may have also sold data it retained about its users to a privacy-hostile company whose entire business model is surveillance



  23. Links 16/10/2019: Halo Privacy, Ubuntu Release Imminent

    Links for the day



  24. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

    IRC logs for Tuesday, October 15, 2019



  25. No, Microsoft is Not an 'Open Source Company' But a Lying Company

    The world’s biggest proprietary software companies want to be seen as “open”; what else is new?



  26. Meme: Setting the Record Straight

    Stallman never defended Epstein. He had called him “Serial Rapist”. It’s Bill Gates who defended Epstein and possibly participated in the same acts.



  27. EPO Staff Resolution Against Neoliberal Policies of António Campinos

    “After Campinos announced 17 financial measures,” a source told us, “staff gathered at multiple sites last week for general assemblies. The meeting halls were crowded. The resolution was passed unanimously and without abstentions.”



  28. Satya Nadella is a Distraction From Microsoft's Real Leadership and Abuses

    "I’m merely wondering if his image and accolades that we’re incessantly bombarded with by the press actually reflect his accomplishments or if they’re being aggrandized."



  29. Raw: EPO Comes Under Fire for Lowering Patent Quality Under the Orwellian Guise of “Collaborative Quality Improvements” (CQI)

    Stephen Rowan, the President’s (António Campinos) chosen VP who promotes the notorious “Collaborative Quality Improvements” (CQI) initiative/pilot, faces heat from the CSC, the Central Staff Committee of the EPO



  30. Making The Most of The Fourth Age of Free Software

    "For better or for worse, we can be certain the Free Software Foundation will never be the same."


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