03.02.18

Gemini version available ♊︎

Battistelli’s Last Four Months: Peak Censorship at the European Patent Office (EPO)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 2:02 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

…and then the person who Battistelli lobbied for (to prevent an ICC judge becoming EPO President) takes over the Office

A library sign

Summary: Voices against UPC and EPO management are being muzzled in blogs/sites with connections to both; but sadly for Team UPC and EPO management, facts remain facts and there’s no justice at the EPO (only illusion thereof)

NOW THAT EPO management is censoring staff that says the truth (or expresses an opinion) we expect to see an abundance of lies coming out.

Battistelli has always sought a monopoly on information; this is why he spent a vast amount of money (not his, the EPO’s) paying the media, paying academia, and paying for bogus ‘studies’ with predefined outcomes. As we showed yesterday, there’s another one in the making. The EPO announced it this week.

Staff is not happy. This kind of behaviour typically results in even more leaking. The article we saw last night in Cambodian media now has this new comment in it. “We are impressed,” it says. “The Sun King or Putin, Battistelli, as his own staff calls him, extends the “value” of patents that he had actively contributed to render worthless to Cambodia. What a gorgeous present!!! What comes next? An extension to St Marteen or Vanatu, maybe?”

“Battistelli has always sought a monopoly on information; this is why he spent a vast amount of money (not his, the EPO’s) paying the media, paying academia, and paying for bogus ‘studies’ with predefined outcomes.”There’s now more censorship of comments at IP Kat and Kluwer Patent Blog (it got worse/escalated recently, using bogus pretexts), but that too cannot silence staff. They’ll just reach out to other avenues in which their voices can be heard. Less than a day ago Kluwer Patent Blog again published yet another UPC propaganda piece. These people are terrible. The blog interviewed Luke McDonagh (likely by Bristows masquerading as "Kluwer Patent blogger"). “There is scepticism whether the Unified Patent Court will ever be set up,” says the headline (not too provocative although it’s realism rather than scepticism, which is an understatement).

A few hours ago IP Kat was pushing the EPO's buzzword (or buzz term) that's used to disguise illegal software patents. Funny how IP Kat no longer covers EPO scandals but finds plenty of time/space to serve Team Battistelli.

Days ago there was a Bristows-posted ad for the EPO. It was misleading.

“There’s now more censorship of comments at IP Kat and Kluwer Patent Blog (it got worse/escalated recently, using bogus pretexts), but that too cannot silence staff.”“Appeal boards now advertise lawyer job as permanent,” one person told us. “But it is not. Five years.”

Bristows put out a false job ad, just like it was pushing out false job ads (jobs that will never exist) for UPC judges. If the President of the Appeal Boards (BoA) decides on promotions, appointments, if you have job, etc. can you make independent decisions? So say some readers of ours. The whole thing is farcical.

Curiously, as of a few hours ago, there was this new comment (posted yesterday, but only approved today) showing that the EPO’s BoA is a sham and not representative of member states (neither EPO-wide nor EU-wide) under Battistelli. Read this:

The offer seems prima facie only interesting for people having a safety net, for instance, having the possibility to go back to a national civil service from which they were detached to perform their duties at the EPO.

This may explain why most of the new recruits to the legal board appear to have been German judges.

In October 2016, the percentage of German legal members on the Legal Board was already 43%, and following further appointments in October 2016 it has risen to nearly 47% (15 out of 32). In other words nearly every second legal member is German.

The inordinately high percentage of German members causes difficulties in distributing business to the technical boards of appeal, because on boards with a German chairman (currently five), the goal is to avoid panels composed entirely of members with the same nationality. This leaves less room when assigning legal members to individual technical boards, and when composing panels to hear individual cases.

The present situation also gives rise to other problems: the legal members of the Enlarged Board are appointed exclusively from the Legal Board of Appeal. Due to provisions regarding nationality which exist for proceedings under Article 112 EPC and Article 23(1) EPC, such a high percentage of one nationality in the Legal Board leads to problems when constituting the Enlarged Board and composing its panels to hear individual cases.

As always, comments in IP Kat and Kluwer Patent Blog are a lot more informative than articles (many of which are written by Bristows, sometimes anonymously, especially when they intentionally lie).

“The EPO will try hard to create or maintain a perception of judges being independent and free to judge as they see fit (based on underlying law, not desires or objectives of Battistelli and his pick, Campinos).”A few hours ago the EPO wrote: “We look forward to receiving your comments on the proposed changes to our appeal procedure.”

“You won’t mind these comments,” I responded. “It’s posturing at best. You try to pretend that users are listened to and justice is still functional…”

Suffice to say, this reality means that UPC will never happen. The German FCC (not to be mistaken/confused with the US FCC) is looking into all this. The EPO will try hard to create or maintain a perception of judges being independent and free to judge as they see fit (based on underlying law, not desires or objectives of Battistelli and his pick, Campinos).

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, November 27, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, November 27, 2021



  2. Links 27/11/2021: Nvidia’s DLSS Hype and Why GNU/Linux Matters

    Links for the day



  3. [Meme] Linus Gabriel Sebastian Takes GNU/Linux for a (Tail)'Spin'

    If you’re trying to prove that GNU/Linux is NOT Windows, then “haha! Well done…”



  4. GNU/Linux is for Freedom and It'll Gain Many Users When (or Where) People Understand What Software (or Computing) Freedom Means

    Software that respects people's freedom (and by extension privacy as well) is an alluring proposition; those who choose to try GNU/Linux for the wrong reasons are likely the wrong target audience for advocates



  5. Amid Reports of Microsoft's Competition Crimes in Europe...

    European companies are complaining, but they seem to overlook the principal aspect of an imperialistic system with bottomless pockets (almost 30 trillion dollars in debt already; US national debt soared again last month); Microsoft is shielded by a political system with military (“defence”) as bailout budget to help cushion international expansion for data grab and technical leverage, as we've seen in the case of EPO (this is all political, not technical, and should thus be treated as a political/corruption issue)



  6. Is Linus Trolling the GNU/Linux Community?

    This new video responds to what many sites have been provoked into amplifying



  7. Links 27/11/2021: Tux Paint 0.9.27 and SeaMonkey 1.1.19 in EasyOS

    Links for the day



  8. [Meme] Keeping Our Distance From Microsoft

    The OSI is the dagger, the Linux Foundation is the knife, and many others are the sword by which Microsoft tries to get into the very heart of GNU/Linux and extinguish the Free software movement



  9. Microsoft Edge Encourages Indebted Americans to Guilt-spend Just in Time for Christmas

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  10. IRC Proceedings: Friday, November 26, 2021

    IRC logs for Friday, November 26, 2021



  11. 38+ Years of GNU and 19+ Years of FSF Associate Membership

    “On November 25, 2002,” Wikipedia notes, “the FSF launched the FSF Associate Membership program for individuals.” As the above video points out, it all started almost 40 years ago.



  12. Gemini as a Platform for Gamers

    Contrary to what people often assume (or are led to assume), even without client-side scripting Gemini can accomplish a great deal; early adopters, many of whom are technical, test the limits of the very minimalistic (by design and intention) specification



  13. Improved Workflows: Achievement Unlocked

    Today we've completed a bunch of small projects that can make us more efficient (e.g. more Daily Links per day, more articles); the above video was recorded many hours ago to accompany the outline below



  14. Links 26/11/2021: New Complaint About Microsoft Competition Crimes in Europe, EuroLinux 8.5, GhostBSD 21.11.24, and Kiwi TCMS 10.5 Released

    Links for the day



  15. Links 26/11/2021: F35 Elections, Whonix 16.0.3.7, OSMC's November Refresh With Kodi 19.3

    Links for the day



  16. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, November 25, 2021

    IRC logs for Thursday, November 25, 2021



  17. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    IRC logs for Wednesday, November 24, 2021



  18. Links 25/11/2021: PHP 8.1.0 Released and Linux 5.15.5

    Links for the day



  19. IBM as Master of Hypocrisy

    Free software projects and Free software developers have long been humiliated by corporations of Western misogynists, falsely claiming that the Free software community isn’t inclusive enough (these are shameless projection tactics; as a matter of public record, the exact opposite is true) and even the eradication of supposedly offensive language isn’t something IBM takes seriously



  20. Links 25/11/2021: LibreOffice 7.2.3 and Mesa 21.2.6 Released

    Links for the day



  21. [Meme] So Desperate That Edge Cannot Even Exceed 4% That They Block Rival Web Browsers

    Linux/Android/Free Software/GNU (they go by very many names/brands) may continue to grow to the point where Windows is as irrelevant as Blackberry; this means that Microsoft’s grip on the Web too has slipped — to the point where Microsoft frantically uses 'bailout' money to hijack LinkedIn, GitHub, etc. (it also rebrands almost everything as "Azure" or clown to fake a perception of growth)



  22. Windows Vista Service Pack 11 (Vista 11) Has Failed to Curb the Growth of GNU/Linux

    Windows market share continues to decrease in spite of billions of dollars spent bribing the media for fake hype, especially in light of a new Windows Service Pack (SP), Vista SP 11



  23. Links 25/11/2021: Proton 6.3-8 and Linux Mint Compared to Ubuntu

    Links for the day



  24. 3.5 Years Later the 'Master' of Fedora is Still Microsoft and IBM Cannot Be Bothered to Alter Git Branch Names (Refuting or Ignoring Its Very Own Directive About Supposedly Racially-Insensitive Terms)

    Today we demonstrate the hypocrisy of IBM; years after telling us that we should shun the term "master" and repeatedly insisting it had a racist connotation at least 65 Fedora repositories, still controlled by Microsoft, still use "master"



  25. Changing the Arrangement While News is a Bit Slow(er)

    I've made it easier for myself to keep abreast of things like IRC channels and networks (incidentally, a day ago Freenode reopened to anonymous logins) and I've improved monitoring of the Web sites, Gemini capsule etc. (this video is unplanned and improvised)



  26. Links 24/11/2021: Alpine Linux 3.15 and Endless OS 4.0 Released

    Links for the day



  27. [Meme] Jimmy Zemlin Loves Microsoft

    It’s funny, isn’t it? Lying for a living and sucking up to the liars pays off; you get to plunder actual Linux users while leaving Linux morally and financially bankrupt



  28. Links 24/11/2021: PHP Foundation and Flatpak Criticisms

    Links for the day



  29. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, November 23, 2021

    IRC logs for Tuesday, November 23, 2021



  30. Links 24/11/2021: Rust Crisis and Team UPC Still Faking 'Progress'

    Links for the day


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