03.30.19

Gemini version available ♊︎

There’s No Administrative Council at the EPO Anymore. It’s Like a Stamping ‘Department’ of the Office and the Same Goes for the Boards of Appeal.

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The Organisation/Administrative Council is subservient to the agenda of the “Colgate smile” Frenchman, whom Battistelli gave the throne to

Jesper Kongstad and Battistelli working together

Summary: The European Patent Convention and the EU Bio-Directive are still being violated by the Office, which uses the Council like a paper tissue or a napkin, asserting it can rubber-stamp just about any patent application on anything under the sun

THE European Patent Organisation (EPO) and Office are almost indistinguisable, as the head of the Organisation recently became the deputy of the Office's head, António Campinos. So we’re back in the rather appalling position that Jesper Kongstad and Battistell created nearly a decade ago. Nothing has changed. There’s no oversight; it is more like a collusion. The Boards of Appeal feel the same way as they too are indirectly bossed by the Office, which in turn controls the Council — the very opposite of what authors of the European Patent Convention (EPC) intended.

The 159th meeting of the Administrative Council is over and the EPO wrote this nonsense (warning: epo.org link) late on Friday, as usual: (when media isn’t paying much attention)

In the 159th meeting of the Administrative Council, the representatives of the 38 EPO Contracting States together with the European Patent Office discussed the need to find a solution in the short term following the decision T 1063/18.

The Contracting States expressed their concerns with regard to the legal uncertainty caused by decision T 1063/18. The President of the EPO expressed his view that a President’s referral of the case to the Enlarged Board of Appeal is justified and necessary. The aim is to obtain an opinion from the Enlarged Board of Appeal on the patentability of plants exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes, hereby considering recent legal developments (interpretations and statements of the European Commission, the EU Council, European Parliament and EPO’s Administrative Council on the interpretation of the European Patent Convention and the EU Bio-Directive, all of them concluding that there should be no patentability in these cases).

The EPO already received very clear instructions from European authorities; it must stop doing this. But the EPO, an above-the-law rogue institution, still pretends not to understand that patents on life and nature are not legal. Anything to fake numbers, fabricate monopolies, rob Europe etc.

Who will decides? A court controlled by corrupt EPO management. It should not be untrusted to deal with such important questions. The judges themselves complain they cannot rule impartially.

So far we have seen two puff pieces about it. The first came from IPPro Magazine’s Ben Wodecki, who is still a megaphone of EPO management (unlike his colleague, Barney). “EPO president’s referral on plant patent crisis is ‘justified and necessary’” is the title/headline, parroting what the EPO said without a single critic or criticism. To quote:

European Patent Office (EPO) president António Campinos has said that a president’s referral on a board of appeals case regarding the patentability of conventionally bred plants and animals is justified and necessary.

Following a meeting of the office’s Administrative Council, representatives expressed concerns to Campinos over the legal uncertainty caused by a Board of Appeal ruling in the revocation of a pepper plant.

The case in dispute is T1063/18, in which Agrochemical company Syngenta appealed a denial of its patent application for a pepper plant.

Focus on the EPO in recent months has overwhelmingly revolved around the granting of patents covering conventionally bred plants and animals.

Where are the critics of this? Nowhere.

Then came “Kluwer Patent blogger”, a pseudonym of patent extremists who look to make money from lots of patent lawsuits/litigation in Europe (without them being identified). This is what was written (or copy pasted rather):

‘The aim is to obtain an opinion (…) on the patentability of plants exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes, hereby considering recent legal developments (interpretations and statements of the European Commission, the EU Council, European Parliament and EPO’s Administrative Council on the interpretation of the European Patent Convention and the EU Bio-Directive, all of them concluding that there should be no patentability in these cases).’

According to the press release, Campinos announced that the EPO ‘will proceed swiftly to submit the referral. The EPO endeavours to restore legal certainty fully and speedily in the interest of the users of the European patent system and the general public.’

As reported earlier on this blog, an EPO Board of Appeal decided on 5 December 2018 that plants which are produced according to essentially biological processes need to be held patentable, despite EPO Guidelines which were introduced in 2017 to exclude them from patentability.

So here ends another meeting of the Office (monarchy), dressed up as “Council”; its key item on the agenda is bypassing or overriding the European Patent Convention and the EU Bio-Directive.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. Links 16/1/2022: Latte Dock 0.11 and librest 0.9.0

    Links for the day



  2. The Corporate Cabal (and Spy Agencies-Enabled Monopolies) Engages in Raiding of the Free Software Community and Hacker Culture

    In an overt attack on the people who actually did all the work — the geeks who built excellent software to be gradually privatised through the Linux Foundation (a sort of price-fixing and openwashing cartel for shared interests of proprietary software firms) — is receiving more widespread condemnation; even the OSI has been bribed to become a part-time Microsoft outsourcer as organisations are easier to corrupt than communities



  3. EPO's Web Site Constantly Spammed by Lies About Privacy While EPO Breaks the Law and Outsources Data to the United States

    The António Campinos-led EPO works for imperialism, it not only protects the rich; sadly, António’s father isn’t alive anymore and surely he would blast his son for doing what he does to progress his career while lying to staff and European citizens



  4. Links 16/1/2022: Tsunami and Patents

    Links for the day



  5. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, January 15, 2022

    IRC logs for Saturday, January 15, 2022



  6. Links 16/1/2022: Year of the GNU/Linux Desktop and Catch-up With Patent Misinformation

    Links for the day



  7. Patrick Breyer, Unlike Most German Politicians, Highlights the Fact That Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent Are Incompatible With EU Law

    A longtime critic of EPO abuses (under both Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos leadership), as well as a vocal critic of software patents, steps in to point out the very obvious



  8. Links 15/1/2022: Flameshot 11.0 and Libvirt 8.0

    Links for the day



  9. Blogging and Microblogging in Geminispace With Gemini Protocol

    Writing one’s thoughts and other things in Geminispace — even without setting up a Gemini server — is totally possible; gateways and services do exist for this purpose



  10. Links 15/1/2022: Raspberry Pi in Business

    Links for the day



  11. IRC Proceedings: Friday, January 14, 2022

    IRC logs for Friday, January 14, 2022



  12. Gemini Clients: Comparing Moonlander, Telescope, Amfora, Kristall, and Lagrange (Newer and Older)

    There are many independent implementations of clients (similar to Web browsers) that deal with Gemini protocol and today we compare them visually, using Techrights as a test case/capsule



  13. 2022 Starts With Censorship of Christmas and Other Greetings at the EPO

    The nihilists who run the EPO want a monopoly on holiday greetings; to make matters worse, they’re censoring staff representatives in their intranet whilst inconsistently applying said policies



  14. Links 14/1/2022: FFmpeg 5.0 and Wine 7.0 RC6

    Links for the day



  15. White House Asking Proprietary Software Companies That Add NSA Back Doors About Their Views on 'Open Source' Security

    The US government wants us to think that in order to tackle security issues we need to reach out to the collective 'wisdom' of the very culprits who created the security mess in the first place (even by intention, for imperialistic objectives)



  16. Links 14/1/2022: EasyOS 3.2.1 and Qt 6.3 Alpha

    Links for the day



  17. Scientific Excellence and the Debian Social Contract

    The Debian Project turns 30 next year; in spite of it being so ubiquitous (most of the important distros of GNU/Linux are based on Debian) it is suffering growing pains and some of that boils down to corporate cash and toxic, deeply divisive politics



  18. Links 14/1/2022: openSUSE Leap 15.2 EoL, VFX Designers Are Using GNU/Linux

    Links for the day



  19. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, January 13, 2022

    IRC logs for Thursday, January 13, 2022



  20. 2022 Commences With Microsoft-Themed (and Microsoft-Connected) FUD Against GNU/Linux

    A psychopathic Microsoft, aided by operatives inside the mainstream and so-called 'tech' media, keeps spreading old and invalid stigma about "Linux" and Free software; few people still bother responding to these fact-free FUD campaigns, which boil down to ‘perception management’ PR/propaganda



  21. Between January 2021 and January 2022 the Number of Active Gemini Capsules Nearly Quadrupled Based on Publicly-Available Catalogue of Capsules

    Geminispace has grown to about 2,000 known capsules and 1,600 of them are active, permanently online, fully accessible; in January last year these numbers were about 4 times smaller



  22. Links 13/1/2022: NetworkManager 1.34 and Everett 3.0.0

    Links for the day



  23. Links 13/1/2022: Sparky 5.16, Fwupd 1.7.4, and KDE Plasma 5.24 Beta Released

    Links for the day



  24. Call a Spade a Spade (Microsoft 'Contributions' to Linux)

    Call a spade a spade; Microsoft does not love Linux and doesn’t try to help Linux, as it’s still all about Windows and proprietary software with surveillance, back doors, and worse things



  25. No Excuses for Using GitHub Anymore

    Software developers become living witnesses to more and more reasons to abandon Microsoft for good



  26. Links 13/1/2022: Slackware Linux 15.0 RC3 and More Microsoft Aggression Against Linux

    Links for the day



  27. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, January 12, 2022

    IRC logs for Wednesday, January 12, 2022



  28. Links 12/1/2022: IPython 8.0, Iranian Attacks on Microsoft Windows

    Links for the day



  29. Non-Fungible Membership in OSI

    The OSI tells us that it got over a thousand members, but that boils down to just people clicking a URL or a button



  30. Computing Security is Being Redefined as 'Controlled by NSA' (and Microsoft)

    The ascent of fake security or the concept that outsourcing trust to Pentagon-connected monopolies is the same as "security" is a real problem because the mindset creeps into new legislation, in effect cementing monopolies and centralisation


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

Recent Posts