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09.30.17

Jesper Kongstad’s Last Day is Today, But the EPO Remains a Sordid Mess Like the UPC

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

At the EPO Willy Minnoye, Ciarán McGinley and soon more are the likely casualties of a dysfunctional EPO

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Summary: More high-level EPO staff leaving; the outlook, however, does not look promising, for nothing suggests a change of direction or strategy

Jesper Kongstad is over. Today is his last day. Several months ago we broke the news (in English), months after we had published this series about his conflicts. Unemployed or retired years too early? We don’t know. We heard from reliable sources that he had been pushed out.

Today, a Saturday oddly enough, is Jesper Kongstad’s last day both at the DKPTO and the EPO (at least at his capacity as Chairman, though we assume that by leaving his NPO he also ceases to serve as a Danish delegate). Where do we go from here? Well, the most prominent German delegate (head of it) is now becoming the new Chairman and thus the ‘boss’ of Battistelli. As we explained back in summer, we don’t expect much to change until Battistelli’s departure next summer. We certainly don’t expect the UPC to come to fruition by then. “Torpedos seem to become more common in patent cases,” Juve’s UPC expert wrote. “But the most effective one was fired off by Björn Stjerna. #UPC challenge at Karlsruhe.” The FFII is currently trying to get a copy of Björn Stjerna’s challenge. There are more challenges on the way and the deadline is a month away.

“As we explained back in summer, we don’t expect much to change until Battistelli’s departure next summer.”Don’t expect any progress on the UPC this year. Those who claim progress typically have something to gain from such a lie. We’re talking about firms such as Bristows and EPO media ‘friends’ (sometimes paid by the EPO) like Managing IP or IAM.

Yesterday, Managing IP published this self-serving garbage from Bart van Wezenbeek. It’s just UPC lobbying ‘dressed up’ as an article. To quote some bits:

The appeal against this decision from BD was also rejected and the patent was maintained as granted.

[...]

The decision on basis of extended subject matter is remarkable, since the interpretation of the technical content of the claims deviates from the interpretation of the Board of Appeal of the EPO. According to the Dutch court the intended interpretation as now used for the claims was not directly and unambiguously derivable from the application as filed.

Although a number of court cases (including the present Dutch one) have not been finally decided and appeals are pending, the case again illustrates that national courts and the EPO Board can come to deviating decisions on the same European patent. The case thus again illustrates the need for a Unified Patent Court.

How many more of these pieces need we see? They’re attacking EPO boards (like Battistelli does) to promote the UPC. The Dutch firm that the author works for is V.O. Patents & Trademarks, which arrogantly pretends that the UPC is coming soon. Another firm which has been doing this is Marks & Clerk, which not only promotes software patents but also habitually drops lies about the UPC (we have given many examples of that). Based on this new article from them, Marks & Clerk also object to patent quality. Watch what they has just said:

Decision T 488/16 of the Boards of Appeal of the EPO has been published setting out the reasoning for the revocation of European patent number EP1169038 protecting the anti-cancer drug dasatinib (Sprycel®). The Decision represents an interesting development of the doctrine of “plausibility”, particularly in relation to small molecule pharmaceuticals.

The patent owner had sought to defend the patent on the basis of just one claim directed to the single compound dasatinib. The novelty of this compound was not in dispute, and the case hinged on the extent to which the patent owner was entitled to rely on the activity of the compound (as a PTK inhibitor) as a technical effect when seeking to establish an inventive step.

We remind readers that many EPO staff (notably examiners) are under attack because of the UPC. The management does not seem to mind destroying the Office and the EPC, as long as at the end it gets its way.

Why is the media not covering this? We mean mainstream media, not some blogs here and there.

“Why is the media not covering this? We mean mainstream media, not some blogs here and there.”As a reader from the Netherlands put it recently, “if anyone bothered… maybe our government bribes people not to publish about it? The ruling liberal party (VVD) certainly promotes a “positive climate” for big industry and IOs, in the interest of some SMEs (restaurants, retailers, bakers, etc in this region of NL) which mainly make a living from selling to the EPO and its staff. It does not interest them that many others (including EPO staff) suffer.”

“This is similar to what has been happening in the Eastern District of Texas,” I responded. For those who don’t know, the judges in Texas openly and blatantly twist the law in an effort to attract aggressors and patent trolls (big business there) — a subject we shall certainly cover later this weekend. The UPC too paves to way to a sort of ‘Eastern District of Texas’ in Europe. That’s hardly even a secret.

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