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10.01.19

The Greenwashing and Chronic Lying From the EPO Spreads to EU Through EUIPO

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 11:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The lies of the EPO are becoming a credibility risk factor for the EU as well

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When lies spread everybody gets dirty

Summary: The lies of the EPO keep spreading even to EU agencies and there are greenwashing aspects to these lies (which means climate science too can be discredited)

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It’s so easy to fake innovation using a bunch of meaningless buzzwords and sound bites. António Campinos did that at EUIPO, so why not at the European Patent Office (EPO)? Battistelli started this buzzwords craze as well as habitual greenwashing.

“It’s so easy to fake innovation using a bunch of meaningless buzzwords and sound bites.”Yesterday the EPO published yet another greenwashing puff piece (warning: epo.org link). This one too gets promoted as “sustainable technologies”, having been presented to an audience from the litigation ‘industry’, with a keynote full of greenwashing by the lying Romano-Götsch, whose track record at the EPO is far from positive (the staff hates her for what she did). Here’s what the EPO wrote:

More than 160 participants from 110 companies attended this year’s User Day – an opportunity for the EPO to receive direct feedback from our users, and for IP professionals to share their experiences, and discuss procedural and technical matters face-to-face with EPO experts.

The annual event, which took place on 24 September in The Hague, was attended by patent attorneys, paralegals and other IP specialists from 19 countries. It featured a mix of interactive plenary sessions and practical workshops on key topics such as the EPO’s online services, opposition and appeal procedures, and sustainable technologies.

[...]

In her afternoon keynote, Ms Romano-Götsch spoke about the future of mobility, patents and the benefits of sustainable technologies in the global race against climate change.

She speaks of the “benefits of sustainable technologies in the global race against climate change,” but patents do not help tackle climate change; instead they create a monopoly on any solutions that may exist. This is obscene greenwashing not only by the EPO.

“This is obscene greenwashing not only by the EPO.”AWA has just promoted through Lexology (same company as IAM) this piece entitled “Denmark champions patents as fundamental to preventing climate change” and guess what they cite as “proof”… to quote, “Kollerup’s comments come as a Joint Report from the European Patent Office (EPO) and European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) published on IPR-intensive industries and economic performance in the European Union.”

It’s that disgraceful ‘study’ which even IP Kat debunked this week. There’s a new comment on it. “Don’t pull my leg” left this comment:

Who said once that you should never believe a statistic you did not manipulate, not to say faked, yourself?

This study has be looked at the fact that at best a third of applications at the EPO are coming from European applicants. How

Furthermore, the patent policy, or better IP policy, of subsidiaries of non-European companies residing in Europe is not decided in Europe. Has this point been taken into account?

It is pretty obvious that neither the EPO nor the EUIPO can explain that their effect on European industry/society is negligible. That lots of approximations were necessary to show this, does not render the study more convincing.

Thanks for having drawn our attention to a study which has not one but quite few drawbacks.

When the EPO offers bribes to scholars it’s hardly surprising that they reach dubious ‘conclusions’ and ‘findings’.

“When the EPO offers bribes to scholars it’s hardly surprising that they reach dubious ‘conclusions’ and ‘findings’.”When the EPO bribes the media it’s not too shocking that some publishers gleefully disseminate the lies (we covered some examples of these last week).

The EPO has retweeted EUIPO (EU) as saying: “One in three Europeans works in industries that use #trademarks, #patents, #designs and #copyright intensively.”

“The underlying ‘logic’ of this whole ‘study’ may be suitable for a project or a report in elementary school.”So what? Three in three employed Europeans work in companies with lavatories on site. Does that mean that urinating and defecating are a recipe for commercial success? Of course not. This so-called ‘study’ is ridiculous. But not only the EPO and EUIPO keep amplifying what they paid for. The UKIPO joined in and the EPO retweeted it as saying: “Industries that make intensive use of #intellectualproperty rights (IPRs) generate 45% of economic activity in the EU.”

Industries that make intensive use of lavatories generate 100% of economic activity in the EU. Right? Right? Right. This whole ‘study’ of the EPO is poo and those who keep parroting its ‘findings’ — including greenwashing aspects — have poo for brains. The underlying 'logic' of this whole 'study' may be suitable for a project or a report in elementary school. Or something an adult writes at the pub of the top floor of the EPO’s building in Munich (after heavy drinking). It’s infantile nonsense.

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