11.07.17

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Putting Radicals and Foes of Technology in Charge of Patents

Posted in America, Asia, Patents at 9:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The endless efforts to put the patent ‘industry’ in charge of patent policy have yielded some results, but the world can see who’s behind it and why it’s unethical

PATENT policy has a lot to do with politics, not science. In China, for example, the one-party state seeks to accumulate a lot of patents presumably in order to impress the whole world and combat the perception of knockoff/copycat economy. This policy has already resulted in over a million patent applications last year alone (incentives to apply for whatever patent, irrespective of quality). Yesterday IAM wrote that “Gree was seventh among domestic Chinese patent applicants last year, and claims to have filed more than 30,000 patents in total.”

“Mingorance is a patent extremist and he is trying to shape policies in favour of firms that are hyper-aggressive, just like IAM does.”That’s an insane amount of filings. And it’s only seventh among the bunch. Also yesterday, IAM (patent trolls’ lobby) amplified Francisco Mingorance, executive secretary of IP Europe (and BSA beforehand, with close ties to Microsoft). We recently explained why he is a very dangerous person. Mingorance is a patent extremist and he is trying to shape policies in favour of firms that are hyper-aggressive, just like IAM does.

“It’s bad enough that Michelle Lee got pushed out; now they want someone from a legal firm, Iancu, in charge, in essence substituting industry with a meta-industry (litigation instead of technology).”Speaking of IAM, it is now posting ads in Lexology. That’s pretty new to us (see disclosure at the bottom). It’s just one big club of patent zealots (Sagacious Research) and they try to dominate everything. Remember that 9 months ago IAM promoted the disgraced Randall Rader for the position of USPTO Director. Such worship of these ‘moles’ (people who work for the trolls’ ‘industry’ but sit on courts’ benches) is to be expected in Texas, but even here in the UK we have sites like IAM. They promote a rather toxic agenda worldwide, including in China and the US. And speaking of the US, whether or not one accepts the whole Trump-Russia story (or believes that Trump’s government is a corrupt regime), it is certainly interesting that a couple of days ago there was a big scandal [1, 2] surrounding Trump’s commerce secretary, who is responsible for appointing the USPTO’s Director (and reportedly interviewed people to replace Michelle Lee). He is said to have strong ties to Vladimir Putin, according to leaks. It certainly looks like he is among those who are turning the USPTO too into a “swamp”. It’s bad enough that Michelle Lee got pushed out; now they want someone from a legal firm, Iancu, in charge, in essence substituting industry with a meta-industry (litigation instead of technology).

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