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01.27.19

The USPTO Used to Pose a Threat to European Software Developers. Now It’s the EPO Posing a Threat to Software Developers Worldwide.

Posted in America, Europe, Patents at 11:54 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Posing a threat to human rights and the rule of law, too…

EUIPO outsourcing

Summary: Europe has become a stronghold of patent maximalists (and corruption), whereas the US belatedly adjusts to better facilitate technological development (not lawsuits)

Software patents have long posed a risk in India, which nowadays offers many software services, including software development. Software developers are, in general (universally), suffering from such patents. The European Patent Office (EPO), now led by a man who outsourced software services to India and whose record shows support for patent trolls and software patents in Europe, is inspiring the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to do similar things.

“SCOTUS has, perhaps for the first time in a long time, actually affirmed a CAFC decision on patents.”We find it almost ironic if not saddening that the EPO basically became the USPTO (in the patent quality sense), whereas it’s the US patent system gradually improving thanks to SCOTUS, the Federal Circuit (CAFC) and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). SCOTUS has, perhaps for the first time in a long time, actually affirmed a CAFC decision on patents. The new chief judge at CAFC is a lot better than her corrupt predecessor (literally corrupt) and the Trump "swamp" (thankfully just obviously clueless bunch) cannot overrule judges. This is one among several factors that led to our decision to focus even more on the EPO and less on the American (US) counterpart.

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