03.20.19

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CEN and CENELEC Agreement With the EPO Shows That It’s Definitely the European Commission’s ‘Department’

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: With headlines such as “EPO to collaborate on raising SEP awareness” it is clear to see that the Office lacks impartiality and the European Commission cannot pretend that the EPO is “dafür bin ich nicht zuständig” or “da kenne ich mich nicht aus”

YESTERDAY we wrote about the EPO‘s affinity for patent trolls — an affinity that António Campinos (like Iancu at the USPTO) has totally failed to hide. The same goes for software patents in Europe. Whose interests are served by the EPO? Certainly not Europe’s. Maybe some law firms’. Maybe some of these have branches or even headquarters in Europe.

“When it comes to immunity, i.e. legalising or at least tolerating white-collar crimes, the European Commission would rather say it lacks authority over the EPO.”A couple of rather shallow puff pieces have come out, one from WIPR (World Intellectual Property Review) that adds nothing new. No analysis. “According to an EPO press release issued yesterday, March 18, the memorandum will see the European Committee of Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) work together to increase knowledge on the relationship between patents and standardisation.”

Why not just copy the entire press release and be done with that? “Copypasta” is always a lot cheaper than pretense of journalism. Knowing what I know about WIPR (from insiders), the management there has an agenda and spreading propaganda for patent parasites is part of the business model. “News” is just the cover. Over at IPPro Magazine, a piece that’s borderline puff piece has also been published to say:

The European Patent Office (EPO), the European Committee of Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) have agreed to cooperate on standard-essential patents.

The trio signed an agreement to work together to provide industry and stakeholders support on SEPs.

All three organisations will now work together to extend knowledge regarding standardisation and patents.

The EPO said this latest agreement complements its ongoing cooperation with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the European Commission.

Later they’ll keep insisting that the EPO has nothing to do with the European Union and the European Commission. When it comes to immunity, i.e. legalising or at least tolerating white-collar crimes, the European Commission would rather say it lacks authority over the EPO. When it comes to serving parasitic firms that impose software parents through SEP/FRAND thickets? Oh, then the European Commission is “all in”.

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