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03.26.19

Dimitris Xenos on Unconstitutional Supranational Arrangements for Patent Law: Leaving Out the Elected Legislators and the People’s Participatory Rights

Posted in Deception, Europe, Law, Patents at 4:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

By Dimitris Xenos, School of Law and Social Sciences, University of Suffolk, Ipswich, UK

Dimitris Xenos paper on the European patent system

Summary: A new paper from a British scholar proves to be timely because of the EPO’s violations of the European Patent Convention (EPC) and failed push to force-feed Europe with the unconstitutional Unified Patent Court (UPC)

THE European Patent Office (EPO) has long granted patents in defiance of the EPC and Parliament? Who’s to stop it? It’s structurally above the law, as it has even demonstrated in the highest Dutch court. Who can compel António Campinos to stop granting software patents in Europe? The Parliament/Commission asked for that to stop and it also asked for patents on life/nature to no longer be granted. Did the EPO listen? No, it only pretended to. To keep up appearances.

“The Parliament/Commission asked for that to stop and it also asked for patents on life/nature to no longer be granted. Did the EPO listen? No, it only pretended to. To keep up appearances.”Well, a new paper has just been published [1, 2] to deal with some profound questions. Its author, writing in Twitter this week, spoke of ‘unitary’ patents among other things. It’s “a constitutional examination of the European patent system as well as of unitary patent,” he summarised. Remember that the UPC has already been ruled unconstitutional in the Hungarian court. For Germany this ruling is an ongoing affair. No other country even checked! They didn’t bother checking the constitutional status of what they’re ratifying.

We worry greatly that the EPO is a ‘monster’ out of control. It just grants patents on everything conceivable with the goal of increasing revenue, as we’ve just noted. When the public fights back, e.g. protests in Germany, the EPO invokes its magical “supranational” status. Notice how, as recently as yesterday, press in Munich (IPPro Magazine) referred to “No Patents on Seed” as a “pressure group” (the headline is “Pressure group calls for ending to EPO plant patent ‘legal chaos’”). They keep referring to public interests as “pressure group” and did it several times in recent weeks. We saw that in IPPro Magazine and another site that used similar language. From the article:

Pressure group No Patents on Seed’s report covering conventionally bred patents granted by the European Patent Office (EPO) called for an end to “the legal chaos”.

The report details the plant patents granted by the EPO in 2018 and at the beginning of this year. It called for an end to “further monopolisation of resources for producing our daily food” and “the legal chaos at the EPO”.

No Patents on Seeds’ report also stressed the need for patents granted on processes of genetic engineering to have their scope confined to the specific technical processes.

Patents that cover the process of conventional breeding, as well as on plants an animals derived are prohibited by rule 28(2) for the interpretation of the European Patent Convention (EPC).

According to the report’s findings, around 60 new patent applications covering conventionally bred plants were filed, but none were granted to companies Bayer, Syngenta, or DowDuPont, who have allegedly broken rule 28(2) of the EPC with plant-related patents at the EPO on previous occasions.

No Patents on Seeds alleges that the EPO “was afraid of further public protests against these patents and therefore refrained from granting them”.

The group’s report stressed that EPO president António Campinos “needs to stop ongoing proceedings to ensure that no further such patents are granted”.

Didn’t the European authorities (let alone the EPC) make themselves clear enough? Does Campinos intend to keep pretending he’s above the law and the Office can just do as it pleases? And then it wants to also assert control over the court system, EU-wide (UPC)? Amazing. Dictatorial.

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