09.17.19

Gemini version available ♊︎

EPO is Not European

Posted in America, Deception, Europe, Patents at 7:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Mostly a European gift to the largest companies in the US

Hilton in Paris
Hilton in Paris

Summary: Internationalists and patent trolls are those who stand to benefit from the ‘globalisation’ of low-quality and law-breaking patents such as patents on algorithms, nature and life itself; the EPO isn’t equipped to serve its original goals anymore

THE name, European Patent Office (EPO), can be misleading. It is based in Europe, it employs a lot of German men, but who is actually being served?

Think about it.

It’s not a difficult question.

The push for software patents in Europe — a push intensified greatly in the Battistelli days — serves to show that software developers aren’t being served (not European ones, not even non-European ones). It’s about multinational giants and their law firms. Those are the same giants that ferociously combat 35 U.S.C. § 101 in the US and try to craft legal loopholes around it. They hate judges and courts; they prefer ‘gentlemen’s agreements’ (i.e. collusions and secret deals behind the scenes).

“They already have a co-operation on buzzwords. They use the same ones. They even say this openly. They brag about it. We showed evidence from their own documents!”Consider the ways the EPO’s management has been working overtime to not only grant software patents illegally but also take such illegal patents global, e.g. by labeling such patents “HEY HI!” (AI is their favourite buzzword these days or has been this past year). Yesterday the EPO tweeted: “EPO President António Campinos met @The_IPO Chief Executive Tim Moss & @USPTO Director Andrei Iancu in London to discuss the global patent system, the co-operation between the offices & more.”

They already have a co-operation on buzzwords. They use the same ones. They even say this openly. They brag about it. We showed evidence from their own documents! On goes António Campinos, along with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Andrei Iancu, pushing the patent maximalists’ agenda. Iancu is a perfect fit for the EPO because of lawlessness and chronic disdain for judges (this is well documented).

In the EPO’s own words: “EPO President António Campinos welcomed @uspto Director Andrei Iancu for the first time at the EPO headquarters in Munich.”

The EPO then retweeted UKIPO as saying/writing: “Today @IPO_CEO Tim Moss and @EPOorg President António Campinos met to discuss international cooperation and updates in the #technology sector.”

I asked aloud: “Are they pushing illegal software patents agenda under the guise of “technology”?”

The FFII’s President said “obviously.”

Looking at the official page that the EPO wrote about it (warning: epo.org link), this is the first time in a very long while that UPC gets mentioned by the EPO’s management. Notice the part about “Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court.”

They’re pushing unconstitutional agenda for their US ‘handlers’ who want to sue companies all over Europe in one fell swoop:

The heads of office spoke about their respective strategic plans and also addressed the rising importance of artificial intelligence, both in the patent granting process and as the subject-matter of patent applications, in addition to developments related to the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court.

What “developments” are they speaking about? There have been no developments, no progress. Here’s something written more than four years ago. It’s from Stibbe (entitled “Progress on the Unitary Patent”). What has changed since then? It’s that same old tune for many years now, almost half a decade; IP Kat is singing that same tune nowadays because Team UPC has far too many seats in the editorial team. The blog is a litigation lobby now; it’s a sad transition to lying rather than truth-telling — something it did in fact do for a number of years.

Kan He of IP Kat is starting this week by boosting malicious patent agenda of the front group 4iP Council. It’s a group that works for patent trolls and UPC (under the guise of “FRAND” and other lies) — i.e. the same as LESI more or less (the EPO’s cup of tea). To quote:

The 4iP Council just added its 50th case law on FRAND into its database of national FRAND caselaw. This database regularly updated allows easy access to summaries of FRAND caselaw in Europe. You can search for cases by country, party, case number and keywords and there is even an interactive graphic showing how national courts are interpreting keywords.

They’re even linking to their site. They promote this agenda. These liars love to pretend that they value and cherish small businesses or “SMEs”. But they merely harm SMEs. The EPO knows it. They know it. Everyone knows it. That’s why they’re googlebombing “SME” and “SMEs” every other day. Yesterday the EPO wrote: “Customers and resellers can provide important information about infringement which can be used to enforce patent rights. That’s one conclusion of our SME case studies.”

They added the #IPforSMEs hashtag; this is connected to the EU through EUIPO.

Surely they know that this is useful neither for Europe nor the EU (a subset of it). Surely they know that this is all about patent maximalism. Surely they know (they admit it! The staff says so!) that many patents are nowadays granted in violation of the EPC.

Speaking of invalid or fake or bogus patents, this new one seems like a bogus software patent, yet iSignthis has just issued a paid press release to brag about what’s a rather questionable patent. Australian media too (The Sydney Morning Herald) did this puff piece yesterday:

The iSignthis sharemarket rollercoaster continued on Monday with investors embracing the news that the company had been “notified of the European Patent Office’s (EPO) intention to grant a patent” relating to customer authentication.

A check of the EPO’s register confirmed that the agency had communicated its intention to grant the patent to iSignthis in May this year. The patent in question refers to methods and systems for verifying transactions.

[...]

“Work is usually needed by the patent attorneys to clear it into a form that can be accepted by the company,” said chief executive John Karantzis. The company received correspondence on September 6 with the requirements to finalise the EPO’s notice of intention to grant the patent.

iSignthis seems unaware that many patents granted by the EPO turn out to be fake when courts assess them. Some entities, however (notably trolls), rely on settling outside the courts for some unspecified monetary sum. It’s extortion. The EPO’s abandonment of patent quality best serves those sorts of entities — not a fact that ever bothers today’s management. Iancu denies such a problem even exists.

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 20/1/2022: McKinsey Openwashing and Stable Kernels

    Links for the day



  2. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, January 19, 2022

    IRC logs for Wednesday, January 19, 2022



  3. Links 20/1/2022: Linuxfx 11.1 WxDesktop 11.0.3 and FreeIPMI 1.6.9 Released

    Links for the day



  4. Links 19/1/2022: XWayland 22.1 RC1 and OnlyOffice 7.0 Release

    Links for the day



  5. Links 19/1/2022: ArchLabs 2022.01.18 and KDE's 15-Minute Bug Initiative

    Links for the day



  6. When Twitter Protects Abusers and Abuse (and Twitter's Sponsors)

    Twitter is an out-of-control censorship machine and it should be treated accordingly even by those who merely "read" or "follow" Twitter accounts; Twitter is a filter, not a news/media platform or even means of communication



  7. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

    IRC logs for Tuesday, January 18, 2022



  8. Links 19/1/2022: Wine 7.x Era Begins and Istio 1.12.2 is Out

    Links for the day



  9. Another Video IBM Does Not Want You to Watch

    It seems very much possible that IBM (or someone close to IBM) is trying to purge me from Twitter, so let’s examine what they may be trying to distract from. As we put it 2 years ago, "Watson" is a lot more offensive than those supposedly offensive words IBM is working to purge; think about those hundreds of Red Hat workers who are black and were never told about ethnic purges of blacks facilitated by IBM (their new boss).



  10. What IBM Does Not Want You to Watch

    Let's 'Streisand it'...



  11. Good News, Bad News (and Back to Normal)

    When many services are reliant on the integrity of a single, very tiny MicroSD card you're only moments away from 2 days of intensive labour (recovery, investigation, migration, and further coding); we've learned our lessons and took advantage of this incident to upgrade the operating system, double the storage space, even improve the code slightly (for compatibility with newer systems)



  12. Someone Is Very Desperate to Knock My Account Off Twitter

    Many reports against me — some successful — are putting my free speech (and factual statements) at risk



  13. Links 18/1/2022: Deepin 20.4 and Qubes OS 4.1.0 RC4

    Links for the day



  14. Links 18/1/2022: GNOME 42 Alpha and KStars 3.5.7

    Links for the day



  15. IRC Proceedings: Monday, January 17, 2022

    IRC logs for Monday, January 17, 2022



  16. Links 17/1/2022: More Microsoft-Connected FUD Against Linux as Its Share Continues to Fall

    Links for the day



  17. The GUI Challenge

    The latest article from Andy concerns the Command Line Challenge



  18. Links 17/1/2022: digiKam 7.5.0 and GhostBSD 22.01.12 Released

    Links for the day



  19. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, January 16, 2022

    IRC logs for Sunday, January 16, 2022



  20. Links 17/1/2022: postmarketOS 21.12 Service Pack 1 and Mumble 1.4 Released

    Links for the day



  21. [Meme] Gemini Space (or Geminispace): From 441 Working Capsules to 1,600 Working Capsules in Just 12 Months

    Gemini space now boasts 1,600 working capsules, a massive growth compared to last January, as we noted the other day (1,600 is now official)



  22. [Meme] European Patent Office Space

    The EPO maintains a culture of illegal surveillance, inherited from Benoît Battistelli and taken to a whole new level by António Campinos



  23. Gemini Rings (Like Webrings) and Shared Spaces in Geminspace

    Much like the Web of 20+ years ago, Gemini lets online communities — real communities (not abused tenants, groomed to be ‘monetised’ like in Facebook or Flickr) — form networks, guilds, and rings



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

    Links for the day



  25. 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



  26. 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



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

    Links for the day



  28. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, January 15, 2022

    IRC logs for Saturday, January 15, 2022



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

    Links for the day



  30. 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


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