EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

05.31.18

The EPO is Demolishing European Law With Terms Like ICT, CII, AI, and 4IR

Posted in Europe, Law, Patents at 1:10 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Running over the law

Battistelli with Scud

Summary: The EPO continues granting patents in defiance of parliamentary directives, the European Patent Convention (EPC) and common sense; it’s like the EPO openly and arrogantly spits on the very laws which govern it

THE EPO‘s promotion of software patents in Europe has become pretty blatant and obvious. At the same time the USPTO accepts that such patents lack merit and rejects many of them (we shall cover that separately). Software patents in Europe do exist, but they’re not supposed to exist. Openly promoting them, moreover, is another new low for the EPO.

“Software patents in Europe do exist, but they’re not supposed to exist. Openly promoting them, moreover, is another new low for the EPO.”So-called ‘AI’ is just software, so the EPO basically organises (and people attend) the lobbying event of nefarious entities like pressure group (e.g. EPI). They push hard for software patenting (illegal in Europe) and reactions include:

I’m attending the conference ‘Patenting Artificial Intelligence’ organized by the European Patent Office @EPOorg in Munich, as member of the @patentepi EPI commettee EPPC-ICT pic.twitter.com/HnlR2g4zDx

The EPO was retweeting things like these yesterday. Also this one: “Participating @EPOorg Conference on Patenting Artificial Intelligence. Good discussions on what is patentable in Europe and on how to apply patents.”

More photos shared by the EPO: “”Patenting Artificial Intelligence” at European Patent Office @EPOorg pic.twitter.com/AZzuXFWBVx”

“So-called ‘AI’ is just software, so the EPO basically organises (and people attend) the lobbying event of nefarious entities like pressure group (e.g. EPI).”There’s more from that same account, e.g. here: “”Patenting Artificial Intelligence” Challenges and opportunities for #patent Offices @OEPM_es @EPOorg pic.twitter.com/KKXKF5XCRl”

The slides tell the general ‘spiel’ and the EPO itself wrote about it: “Clare Dillon speaking at EPO’s Patenting AI conference: ” #Patents and the EPO have a huge role to play in developing and accelerating the economic viability of #ArtificialIntelligence ” pic.twitter.com/BRHQQt0ceJ”

Dillon was later mentioned in the official ‘press release’ from the EPO (warning: epo.org link), which name-dropped “4th industrial revolution” and “ICT”, i.e. the usual. To quote:

The morning session focused on the current situation of patenting AI, with three keynote speeches, chaired by US patent attorney Rob Sterne. Technology “evangelist” Clare Dillon set the scene by outlining the latest trends and scope of the current “AI explosion” which is not restricted to the ICT industry but “impacts the scale and speed of innovation in every area”. Citing the main elements needed to make AI a success, she said: “Patents and the EPO have a huge role to play in developing and accelerating the economic viability of AI.”

Grant Philpott is, quite frankly as usual, mentioned quite a lot. He’s one of the loudest pushers for software patents and he also threatened to sue me. Here’s a tweet just about him: “”Patenting Artificial Intelligence” #patents Grant Philpott from @EPOorg : “Machine learning is already being used at EPO but it’s not the subject of this meeting”. pic.twitter.com/GmfbgLvoiW”

“Grant Philpott is, quite frankly as usual, mentioned quite a lot. He’s one of the loudest pushers for software patents and he also threatened to sue me.”Surely he knows that it’s all about software. I wrote Machine Learning algorithms 15 years ago.

Here is the EPO pimping Casado: “Vice President Casado opened the EPO’s 1st conference on patenting #AI: “The aim of today’s conference is to have an open exchange of views around the patenting of AI inventions.” pic.twitter.com/Y2sN9MK4iC”

These all come with photos by the way. Here’s another: “Over 300 IP experts gathering in Munich today for the EPO’s 1st conference on #ArtificialIntelligence http://bit.ly/epoAI2018 pic.twitter.com/tLh91gu5xF”

“Surely he knows that it’s all about software. I wrote Machine Learning algorithms 15 years ago.”Judging by the slides, they barely even hide their agenda. It’s just another one of those ‘orgasmic’ events wherein a bunch of patent maximalists celebrate software patents and come up with tricks for ‘dressing them up’ (e.g. “ICT”, “AI”, “4IR”). We suppose that managers like Casado and Philpott later demand — in a top-down fashion — that examiners grant patents if these buzzwords get used. This is institutional abuse.

Speaking of this whole “AI” hype, IP Watch has just said “AI software”. That was yesterday. They’re basically part of the problem, selectively calling algorithms “AI” when it suits them to essentially help patenting of virtually every algorithm (just say it’s “intelligent”).

“The EPO has been doing this blatant promotion of software patents (even while calling these “software patents”) for quite some time.”Earlier this week spoke to an old IBM employee, who worked there back when everything was done manually (when the EPO only got off the ground). “AI” is nothing new; it’s as old as computing. But this stupid hype keeps resurfacing everywhere this year; it’s like a disease now, and it’s exploited in various ways, including yesterday by Managing IP. We already wrote many articles about this whole “AI” hype, usually in relation to the US. Now it has officially come to Europe. The EPO basically tells people that if they pretend some “clever” algorithm is “intelligent” (as in “artificial intelligence”), then it’s a patentable “invention”. Who will enforce the EPC and the directive/s? The EPO has been doing this blatant promotion of software patents (even while calling these “software patents”) for quite some time.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. Links 22/2/2020: Polish Government Increases GNU/Linux Use, Samza 1.3.1

    Links for the day



  2. Being Rich Does Not Imply Being Smart (Especially When One is Born Into Wealth)

    Presenting the 'genius' (college dropout, but that does not matter when the yardstick of wisdom is wealth alone), with his own predictions overlaid on top of his photo from the show of Bloomberg (another 'genius' whose supposed brilliance is measured using money alone)



  3. The Rise and Fall of Free Software

    "We simply need to make the movement less corporate, and more grassroots."



  4. Why You Should Adopt Debian 10, Not Vista 10 (Windows Vista With Microsoft's Latest Surveillance Add-ons)

    A little personal story and recommendation of Debian "Buster" (10) or Devuan (whose developers persist)



  5. Ethics by Exclusion

    It's the same old philosophical question; can excluding those who are perceived to be intolerant be seen as an act of tolerance?



  6. Even Worse Than Microsoft Inside the Board of the OSI

    The OSI has accepted people from companies that actively attack Software Freedom and there may be more on their way



  7. ZDNet Continues to Stuff Its 'Linux' Section With Proprietary Software of Microsoft

    The above is what the "Linux" section of ZDNet is going to look like throughout the weekend (and this is hardly unusual, either)



  8. IRC Proceedings: Friday, February 21, 2020

    IRC logs for Friday, February 21, 2020



  9. Links 21/2/2020: EasyOS 2.2.11 Released, Microsoft's Control of the Linux Foundation Increases and More Binary Blobs Arrive

    Links for the day



  10. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, February 20, 2020

    IRC logs for Thursday, February 20, 2020



  11. Video: LinuxWorld 1999, Torvalds and Stallman

    LinuxWorld 1999, Torvalds and Stallman



  12. GNU World Order is a Personal Sacrifice, LinuxWorld Just Business

    As the Linux Foundation shows, Linux is just business (and proprietary software) as usual, software patents included, whereas it’s GNU that continues the Free Software Movement’s battles



  13. Links 20/2/2020: Oracle Solaris 11.4 SRU18, Mesa 20, VirtualBox 6.1.4

    Links for the day



  14. Open Source Did Not Win, It Was Assimilated to and by Proprietary Software

    Don’t fall for the whole “Open Source has won!” spiel; You know we’ve lost the battle (and were in effect gradually conquered) at OSI and elsewhere when those who speak for the OSI are Michael Cheng (Facebook), Max Sills (Google), and Chris Aniszczyk (Linux Foundation); they say “Open Source Under Attack” (FOSDEM talk) but their employers are the ones attacking and they downplay openwashing



  15. Former Microsoft Employees Don't Like Talking About Past and Present Microsoft Back Doors (Designed for Spy Agencies)

    In a typical Microsoftian fashion, once they cannot defend the illusion/delusion that Microsoft values security the 'Softers' run away and block any further debate



  16. Techrights Warns Against Impending Extradition Efforts (Passage of Julian Assange to His Death in the United States)

    Imprisonment of journalists who are effective at exposing crimes (of the powerful, not petty crimes) must never be condoned



  17. Team UPC: Many Mouths and No Ears

    The mental condition of Team UPC gets more worrisome by the week



  18. Team UPC Insults Judges Because the UPC is Dead and UPC Lobbyists Have Nothing Left to Lose

    More judge-shaming tactics are in the mix; Team UPC seems to feel like there's nothing left to lose as the UPC is already dead (hope itself is next to die)



  19. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

    IRC logs for Wednesday, February 19, 2020



  20. China Bashing is Grounded in Fear (That They Can Simply Do Better Than the West)

    The atmosphere of hate towards China — fuelled partly by a white supremacist in the White House — is unhelpful and insulting; dignity and understanding is the way to go



  21. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

    IRC logs for Tuesday, February 18, 2020



  22. FFII Press Release: Germany Can No Longer Ratify the Unitary Patent Due to Brexit and the Established AETR Case-law, says FFII

    Germany cannot ratify the current Unitary Patent due to Brexit and the established AETR case-law. The ratification of the UPC (Unified Patent Court) by Germany would constitute a violation of the AETR case-law, which was used during the EPLA negotiations in 2006 to consider a deal with non-EU countries, such as Switzerland.



  23. DRM (Proprietary Software) Already Makes Mozilla Firefox Broken, Unreliable, Undependable (Dependent on Binary Blobs)

    More people are beginning to realise that Mozilla resorted to self-harming DRM and self-inflicted damage that impacts Firefox; can Mozilla (re)join the anti-DRM coalitions?



  24. EPO and Other Patent Updates Over RSS

    Site syndication (over RSS feeds or XML/Atom) is vastly better than what became popular in recent years (censored, centralised, discriminatory "Social Control Media"); here are some feeds of interest



  25. When It Comes to a Unitary Patent System, Bad (or Intentionally Dishonest) Legal Advice Has Become the Norm

    The Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent (UPC and UP, respectively) reinforce the old saying about lawyers being liars, doing anything to attract clients (to take their money); the UPC is basically dead, but fiction, falsehoods and outrageous fantasies still find their way into Web sites of law firms



  26. Links 19/2/2020: KDE Plasma 5.18.1, GNOME 3.36 Beta 2 and WordPress 5.4 Beta 2

    Links for the day



  27. Is Linux Foundation a Microsoft Branch Now?

    The so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation (LF) nowadays helps Microsoft cement its monopoly — the very opposite of what ages ago it said the LF would do



  28. Are Songs Property? And Maths Also Property? Artificial Monopolies Are Not Property...

    Patent maximalists continue to face stronger arguments from their sceptics, who rightly allege that words are being intentionally misused and numbers fabricated so as to distort underlying facts



  29. Battistelli Blocked Techrights at EPO (Banned for More Than 5 Years), So CEIPI Won't Respect Access to Information Either

    The use of censorship to confront people who talk about (not even expose) corruption isn't novel; but the adoption of this approach in Europe (not just places like Russia and China) is definitely noteworthy



  30. IRC Proceedings: Monday, February 17, 2020

    IRC logs for Monday, February 17, 2020


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