11.28.17

Buzzwords/Terms Like “Industry 4.0” or ICT as Cover for CII (Software Patents) at the EPO

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Georg Weber
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Summary: The EPO went to the “Science Days” event in Munich, wherein a proponent of software patents delivered a presentation that seems to allude to software patents (but not directly because these are not allowed)

EARLIER today the EPO linked to its site, which said (warning: epo.org link) about Munich “Science Days”: “The EPO also contributed to the event with a lecture by Director for ICT Georg Weber on “Industry 4.0 – the technology landscape of tomorrow”. Attended by some 200 people, the presentation shed light on the information side of patents and its benefits for the public, and generated numerous comments and questions from the audience.”

“Industry 4.0″ is the sort of buzzword/term that Grant Philpott, his colleague, often appears to be using when he pushes software patents. We covered some examples before.

“This is hogwash as he promotes software patents in Europe and these are notorious when it comes to crushing startups.”Earlier this year Georg Weber also openly advocated software patents in Europe (not legal as it stands, but the EPO does not obey rules anyway). EPO managers try to emulate China (SIPO), where anything goes, including any software patent.

The event’s organiser quoted George [sic] Weber as saying that the “EPO is committed to supporting #startups & #MSMEs to reducing Patent pendency, complexity & cost~”

This is hogwash as he promotes software patents in Europe and these are notorious when it comes to crushing startups.

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