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12.03.17

Bristows Again Rebutted, Few Days After Telling Lies and Spreading Fake News About the Unitary Patent (UPC)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 4:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

So much lying that one can already vomit

A vomiting man

Summary: People who have had enough with UPC jingoism and self-illusions/delusions (including distortions of actual statements if not fabrications) speak out and some actually manage to pass moderation (censorship at IP Kat)

THE Unified Patent Court (UPC) is based on a massive pile of lies. Among those lies, which we have been covering for many years, is will and desire from within the industry. Which industry? They would have us believe that UPC is preferred/desired by science and technology, but it’s only being pursued — ferociously in fact — by the litigation ‘industry’ (it’s not even an industry). It often hijacks the voice of actual industries. It relies on corruption and mischief, such as a 1:30AM vote by only 5% of politicians (similar to the trick pulled by the GOP-majority US Congress a couple of days ago).

There’s no question about it. The UPC is a bad thing. Unless or except to those who profit from litigation.

This latest comment (response to a post from Bristows) rebuts the lies and fake news from staff of Bristows (already rebutted in some previous comments). It’s being rebutted yet again, and that’s just in comments that managed to pass moderation (Bristows has been caught deleting comments that were ‘hostile’ towards the UPC in several different blogs — Kluwer Patent Blog and IP Kat if not more — composed by different Bristows staff). Here is the first comment that got through:

I’m astounded that people still believe that a member of the Government giving vague and non-committal answers to questions put to them indicates that the Government have some sort of plan as to the future of the relevant policy. Surely, this just indicates that the Government have no plans in relation to the relevant policy.

It has become abundantly clear over the last few weeks that the Government have little or no plan for any major policy area. See for example, the 58 reports on the economic impact of Brexit that don’t actually exist or the non-existent plans for the Irish border. With regards to the UPC, JJ is not committing to the UK participating in the UPC as the the Government simply do not know whether we are able to after Brexit or whether we will be allowed to. There simply isn’t a Government plan as to what will happen post-Brexit with the UPC. JJ’s answers aren’t a negotiating tactic as the Government doesn’t have any negotiating tactics, particularly in relation to something as of little relative importance as the UPC.

Whilst people reading this blog are heavily interested and invested in the UPC it is a mistake to think the Government are equally as interested. The UPC is barely a blip on the Government’s radar and almost certainly isn’t something that would be considered a bargaining chip. Non-committal answers simply show a lack of knowledge.

We wonder if less polite comments were ‘intercepted’ by the author (they warp perceptions by omission of particular views). Here is the next comment:

So the UK continues with the process towards ratification and is criticised here for playing politics with the EU, whereas Germany is rightfully waiting for the UK’s mess to be cleaned up. sad.

Fact is, continued participation does require renegotiation.
Fact is, the UPC is not a bargaining chip, because its value is insignificant.
Fact is, facts won’t stop anti-UK criticism from both within and without the UK at every turn.

Did any more comments get posted but did not appear (i.e. censored)? It happened before. If there’s further evidence of censorship, please get in touch with us. This sort of gaslighting or subversion of UPC debates is in its own right a serious threat to democracy in Europe.

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