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09.13.18

EPO Granted a Controversial European Patent (Under Battistelli) Which May Literally Kill a Lot of People

Posted in Europe, Patents at 7:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Access to medicines
Reference: Access to medicines

Summary: The EPO (together with CIPA) keeps promoting software patents; patents that are being granted by the EPO literally put lives at risk and have probably already cost a lot of lives

CORRUPT Battistelli is no longer at the EPO, but his abusive legacy lives on under his leader of choice, compatriot António Campinos. It may take many years if not decades to undo the chaos (assuming that the EPO even has decades left; layoffs are in motion already).

“It may take many years if not decades to undo the chaos (assuming that the EPO even has decades left; layoffs are in motion already).”As covered here on Wednesday (early morning), there’s a strong opposition to a hepatitis C patent. It’s being discussed this week at the EPO. Catherine Saez, who covered it for IP Watch yesterday, offered a good chronology of this:

The European Patent Office is expected to hold oral proceedings later this week on a challenge filed against a Gilead patent on hepatitis C treatment. Invalidation of the patent would open the way to competition and lower prices, according to civil society groups which initiated the challenge. But according to an EPO source, the company is seeking at most an amendment to the patent.

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According to an EPO source, the patent application was filed by Gilead at the EPO in April 2004, and granted in June 2016 (EP 2604620). Four oppositions were filed with the EPO in March 2017: three joint oppositions from MDM, MSF and the European Public Health Alliance, and from a patent attorney.

The opponents request revocation of the patent in its entirety for reasons of non-compliance with provisions of the European Patent Convention, the source told Intellectual Property Watch, such as lack of novelty and inventive step.

Gilead requests that the patent be maintained in an amended form, the source said.

After the decision is taken by the Opposition Division, it can be appealed by any of the parties at the EPO’s Board of Appeal, according to the source. If the European patent is maintained, it can be contested in front of national jurisdictions of the European countries where the patent was validated, the source explained.

Notice that this was granted under Battistelli. The application had been sitting there for a dozen years prior to that, probably for good reasons.

“The application had been sitting there for a dozen years prior to that, probably for good reasons.”It really worries us to think that many poor people (literally poor) will die as a result of this patent. As if Battistelli hasn’t already done incredible damage to the European economy, Never mind the fact that half a dozen suicides happened under his watch and some can be attributed, according to insiders, to Battistelli himself.

Funnily enough, Team UPC, whose pressure on Battistelli contributed to these policies and thus to EPO suicides, currently pretends to be the victim.

Yesterday came this article about CIPA’s latest propaganda, which piggybacks “World Suicide Awareness Day”. To quote: “Brewster’s comments come following an IP Inclusive and CIPA survey that showed that 33 percent of patent professionals are uncomfortable, unhappy or very unhappy, with disturbing numbers confessing to thoughts of self-harm or suicide.”

“His father came from Angola, so certainly he should know the impact of the above patent on hepatitis C treatments (access to medicines).”We already responded to it last week. Dirty CIPA is pretending to be the victim. What about all those whom it is threatening? How many committed suicide over the years because of threats of lawsuits if not the lawsuits themselves? I spoke to some who faced incredible emotional distress due to that. They’re neither in law firms nor at the EPO.

Speaking of CIPA, as of yesterday the EPO was still tweeting about their joint advocacy for software patents in London; they’re still promoting this agenda with 3-4 tweets per day! It’s growing in frequency over time. It’s like Campinos totally takes the gloves off not only when it comes to layoffs but also patent scope/quality. Shame on Campinos. His father came from Angola, so certainly he should know the impact of the above patent on hepatitis C treatments (access to medicines). These people do not seem to care. They’re greedy psychopaths who surround themselves by thugs.

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