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

06.07.18

What Team UPC Wants: Patent Trolls, Unified Patent Court (UPC), Software Patents, and Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 12:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Bristows EPO

Summary: Increasing levels of agenda-setting ‘dressed up’ as “news” or “information” give rise to new dangers in Europe, notably an agenda of few global law firms rather than that of scientific and technological advancement — the very thing the patent system always proclaimed to be in favour of

THE judgmental, fundamental errors made by the USPTO in recent decades can in fact — in our very humble assessment — be attributed to lobbying by law firms (a lot of competition-related problems there aren’t attributable to patent reform but the legal chaos that preceded reform). They — lawyers, attorneys, clerks etc. — really profited a great deal from all the trolling and in recent years that sort of stopped, giving way to more productive work rather than prohibitive litigation costs. The EPO, however, strives to move in the same direction as the US ‘dark ages’ — the ages of the Eastern District of Texas and the era of Randall Rader (as chief at the Federal Circuit). This is very troubling to us, having watched these things since before Techrights even existed (I’ve been writing about patents since I was about 20).

“They — lawyers, attorneys, clerks etc. — really profited a great deal from all the trolling and in recent years that sort of stopped, giving way to more productive work rather than prohibitive litigation costs.”World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) has just published this report about American and Korean companies fighting over patent infringement in Germany. So guess whose lawyers are hired. This may be good for some German law firms, but celebrating this would be a mistake (along the lines of championing the Eastern District of Texas, which nowadays repels actual businesses). To quote WIPR:

Engineered materials company Rogers Corporation, based in the US, has sued Korean chemical and auto parts manufacturer KCC Corporation for patent infringement in Germany.

Rogers announced yesterday, June 5, that its German subsidiary had filed the lawsuit in Düsseldorf, citing infringement of European patent number 1 061 783. The patent is called “Ceramic-metal substrate, particularly multiple substrate”.

According to Rogers, KCC has infringed the patent by offering in Germany direct bonded copper (DBC) substrate master cards that contain patented features.

So Europe is becoming a platform for patent aggressors that aren’t even European. This is only good for lawyers and we know at whose expense, right?

IP Kat, a lawyers-run site (they used to have more academics there, but they’ve left or are on ‘Sabbatical’), carries on with its rather horrific agenda of patent maximalism, including advocacy of UPC, software patents and so on. It seems as though the site is now dominated by Team UPC, as we last noted a couple of days ago.

“The feline blog is in decline. It even embraced censorship of opposing/dissenting views because the goal is agenda-setting, not an open forum.”Eibhlin Vardy, by writing about “the EPO’s Patenting of Artificial Intelligence conference” a couple of days ago, carries on with the EPO propaganda that’s labeling software patents “AI” in order to bypass the rules and eventually grant bogus patents. Her second post is just marketing from a law firm: “Following on from this morning’s post reporting on the EPO’s Patenting of Artificial Intelligence conference, Katfriend Gwilym Roberts of Kilburn & Strode provides an insight into the ethical dilemmas that arise in this area. This one should provoke discussion and debate!”

There’s almost no debate there. It’s more like a commercial — the very type of stuff that caused staff to leave IP Kat. The feline blog is in decline. It even embraced censorship of opposing/dissenting views because the goal is agenda-setting, not an open forum. Why bother commenting?

Eibhlin Vardy preceded this ‘commercial’ with a ‘report’ which merely amplifies or helps EPO with its lobbying event (advocacy for software patent applications). Some of the ‘usual suspects’ are named again (Lievens, Ménière, Philpott). These are patent maximalists who blatantly promote software patents. To quote:

The first two keynote speakers analysed AI as a driving force of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). Clare Dillon, a technology evangelist, gave an insightful introduction into the topic and shared her vision on the formula of success for AI, namely the combination of ‘Technical innovation + digital culture + economic viability’. Her presentation was followed by another keynote speaker, Yann Ménière (EPO Chief Economist), who highlighted the dramatic increase in patent applications related to smart objects within the last several years. A third keynote speaker Koen Lievens (EPO Director) explained how the EPO examines patent applications in the area of AI.

[...]

As Grant Philpott (EPO Chief Operating Officer ICT) noted in his concluding remarks, adapting the patent system designed for hardware innovation to the virtual world of software innovation has been a long and difficult process, but ultimately, Europe and the EPO have succeeded in developing a highly methodical approach to the patenting of CIIs, which is firmly rooted in EPC case law and EPO practice. However, as AI software becomes super-software, incredibly powerful and versatile, the challenges for our patent system are likewise significant. Events such as this help us to meet that change and ensure that AI and its impact on patents and patentability continues to be dealt with systematically and in line with the laws and needs of stakeholders. Only by doing so can our system provide the stability and predictability that the industry needs for its business models, and further support economic growth of Europe.

Notice the use of the term “CII”, which makes it very obvious that he’s just talking about software patents. They recommend new ways (or buzzwords) for hiding that. In the meantime they distribute indoctrination to examiners in the form of the Gazette, urging them to grant patents on “4IR” (and for applicants to disguise algorithms that way). It’s despicable to watch and it’s rather despicable that IP Kat — now deeply and profoundly connected to Bristows — participates in all this. Yesterday in the UPC “Pravda” blog, quite frankly as usual, Bristows’ Robert Burrows was pushing the ‘Bulgaria card’ again (for perception of UPC ‘progress’) and Managing IP, another UPC booster, wrote about Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs), which are related to UPC and are routinely advocated by Bristows over at IP Kat. Patrick Wingrove wrote :

In addition to the European Commission’s proposed Supplementary Protection Certificates waiver, we identify the biggest SPC cases and analyse Brexit’s implications

Few issues in the IP industry are as complex, debated and divisive as Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs).

“Few issues in the IP industry are as complex, debated and divisive, Wingrove added later, “as Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs).”

Well, if they’re “divisive”, then that’s because it’s obvious who’s served by them (similar or overlapping with respect to UPC) and it’s only as “complex” as they try to make it in order to confuse the opposite, thereby depressing it.

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 11/12/2018: Tails 3.11, New Firefox, FreeBSD 12.0

    Links for the day



  2. Number of Filings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Highest in Almost Two Years

    Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) inter partes reviews (IPRs), which [cref 113718 typically invalidate software patents by citing 35 U.S.C. § 101], are withstanding negative rhetoric and hostility from Iancu



  3. With 'Brexit' in a Lot of Headlines Team UPC Takes the Unitary Patent Lies up a Notch

    Misinformation continues to run like water; people are expected to believe that the UPC, an inherently EU-centric construct, can magically come to fruition in the UK (or in Europe as a whole)



  4. The EPO Not Only Abandoned the EPC But Also the Biotech Directive

    Last week's decision (T1063/18, EPO Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.04) shows that there's still a long way to go before the Office and the Organisation as a whole fulfil their obligation to those who birthed the Organisation in the first placeLast week's decision (T1063/18, EPO Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.04) shows that there's still a long way to go before the Office and the Organisation as a whole fulfil their obligation to those who birthed the Organisation in the first place



  5. Patents on Abstract Things and on Life (or Patents Which Threaten Lives) Merely Threaten the Very Legitimacy of Patent Offices, Including EPO

    Patent Hubris and maximalism pose a threat or a major risk to the very system that they claim to be championing; by reducing the barrier to entry (i.e. introducing low-quality or socially detrimental patents) they merely embolden ardent critics who demand patent systems as a whole be abolished; the EPO is nowadays a leading example of it



  6. Links 10/12/2018: Linux 4.20 RC6 and Git 2.20

    Links for the day



  7. US Courts Make the United States' Patent System Sane Again

    35 U.S.C. § 101 (Section 101), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and other factors are making the patent system in the US a lot more sane



  8. Today's USPTO Grants a Lot of Fake Patents, Software Patents That Courts Would Invalidate

    The 35 U.S.C. § 101 effect is very much real; patents on abstract/nonphysical ideas get invalidated en masse (in courts/PTAB) and Director Andrei Iancu refuses to pay attention as if he's above the law and court rulings don't apply to him



  9. A Month After Microsoft Claimed Patent 'Truce' Its Patent Trolls Keep Attacking Microsoft's Rivals

    Microsoft's legal department relies on its vultures (to whom it passes money and patents) to sue its rivals; but other than that, Microsoft is a wonderful company!



  10. Good News: US Supreme Court Rejects Efforts to Revisit Alice, Most Software Patents to Remain Worthless

    35 U.S.C. § 101 will likely remain in tact for a long time to come; courts have come to grips with the status quo, as even the Federal Circuit approves the large majority of invalidations by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) panels, initiated by inter partes reviews (IPRs)



  11. Florian Müller's Article About SEPs and the EPO

    Report from the court in Munich, where the EPO is based



  12. EPO Vice-President Željko Topić in New Article About Corruption in Croatia

    The Croatian newspaper 7Dnevno has an outline of what Željko Topić has done in Croatia and in the EPO in Munich; it argues that this seriously erodes Croatia's national brand/identity



  13. The Quality of European Patents Continues to Deteriorate Under António Campinos and Software Patents Are Advocated Every Day

    The EPC in the European Patent Office and 35 U.S.C. § 101 in the USPTO annul most if not all software patents; under António Campinos, however, software patents are being granted in Europe and the USPTO exploits similar tricks



  14. Team UPC is Still Spreading False Rumours in an Effort to Trick Politicians and Pressure Judges

    Abuses at the European Patent Office, political turmoil and an obvious legislative coup by a self-serving occupation that produces nothing have already doomed the Unitary Patent or Unified Patent Court (UPC); so now we deal with complete fabrications from Team UPC as they're struggling to make something out of nothing, anonymously smearing opposition to the UPC and anonymously making stuff up



  15. Patents on Life and Patents That Kill the Poor Would Only Delegitimise the European Patent Office

    After Mayo, Myriad and other SCOTUS cases (the basis of 35 U.S.C. § 101) the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is reluctant to grant patents on life; the European Patent Office (EPO), however, goes in the opposite direction, even in defiance of the European Patent Convention



  16. EPO 'Untapped Potential'

    "Campinos is diligently looking for ways to further increase the Office’s output without increasing the number of examiners," says the EPO-FLIER team



  17. Links 9/12/2018: New Linux Stable Releases (Notably Linux 4.19.8), RC Coming, and Unifont 11.0.03

    Links for the day



  18. Links 8/12/2018: Mesa 18.3.0, Mageia 7 Beta, WordPress 5.0

    Links for the day



  19. The European Patent Organisation is Like a Private Club and Roland Grossenbacher is Back in It

    In the absence of Benoît Battistelli quality control at the EPO is still not effective; patents are being granted like the sole goal is to increase so-called 'production' (or profit), appeals are being subjected to threats from Office management, and external courts (courts that assess patents outside the jurisdiction of the Office/Organisation) are being targeted with a long-sought replacement like the Unified Patent Court, or UPC (Unitary Patent)



  20. Links 7/12/2018: GNU Guix, GuixSD 0.16.0, GCC 7.4, PHP 7.3.0 Released

    Links for the day



  21. The Federal Circuit's Decision on Ancora Technologies v HTC America is the Rare Exception, Not the Norm

    Even though the PTAB does not automatically reject every patent when 35 U.S.C. § 101 gets invoked we're supposed to think that somehow things are changing in favour of patent maximalists; but all they do is obsess over something old (as old as a month ago) and hardly controversial



  22. The European Patent Office Remains a Lawless Place Where Judges Are Afraid of the Banker in Chief

    With the former banker Campinos replacing the politician Battistelli and seeking to have far more powers it would be insane for the German Constitutional Court to ever allow anything remotely like the UPC; sites that are sponsored by Team UPC, however, try to influence outcomes, pushing patent maximalism and diminishing the role of patent judges



  23. Many of the Same People Are Still in Charge of the European Patent Office Even Though They Broke the Law

    "EPO’s art collection honoured with award," the EPO writes, choosing to distract from what actually goes on at the Office and has never been properly dealt with



  24. Links 6/12/2018: FreeNAS 11.2, Mesa 18.3 Later Today, Fedora Elections

    Links for the day



  25. EPO, in Its Patent Trolls-Infested Forum, Admits It is Granting Bogus Software Patents Under the Guise of 'Blockchain'

    Yesterday's embarrassing event of the EPO was a festival of the litigation giants and trolls, who shrewdly disguise patents on algorithms using all sorts of fashionable words that often don't mean anything (or deviate greatly from their original meanings)



  26. The Patent Litigation Bubble is Imploding in the US While the UPC Dies in Europe

    The meta-industry which profits from feuds, disputes, threats and blackmail isn't doing too well; even in Europe, where it worked hard for a number of years to institute a horrible litigation system which favours global plaintiffs (patent trolls, opportunists and monopolists), these things are going up in flames



  27. Links 5/12/2018: Epic Games Store, CrossOver 18.1.0, Important Kubernetes Patch

    Links for the day



  28. Links 4/12/2018: LibrePCB 0.1.0, SQLite 3.26.0, PhysX Code

    Links for the day



  29. EPO Management Keeps Embarrassing Itself, UPC More Dead Than Before, and Nokia Turns Aggressive

    The EPO’s race to the bottom of patent quality continues, it’s now complemented by direct association with patent trolls and law stands in their way (for they repeatedly violate the law)



  30. The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) and IBM Are Part of the Software Patents Problem in the United States

    IBM's special role in lobbying for software patents (and against PTAB) needs to be highlighted; even Ethereum’s co-founder isn't happy about IBM's meddling in the blockchain space (with help from Hyperledger/Linux Foundation)


CoPilotCo

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

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts