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Today’s EPO is Working for Patent Trolls and the ‘Aye Pee’ (IP) ‘Industry’ Instead of Science

Posted in Europe, Patents at 12:14 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Misusing words like “innovation” and “science” to promote predation and systemic taxation

Alison Orr

Summary: The EPO is making allegiances and alliances with groups that represent neither science nor businesses but instead push for monopolies, litigation and extortion; lawlessness appears to have become the EPO’s very objective instead of what it intends to tackle

THE European Patent Office (EPO) employs lots and lots of scientists. They join the Office assuming they’d be practicing science, not politics. They thought they’d be researching, but instead they’re being bullied by the likes of Battistelli and his sidekick António Campinos. They thought they’d reward innovation, but instead they’re compelled to grant patents (monopolies) on algorithms in defiance of the law which governs them. If examiners obey the law (EPC), they get bullied; if they break the law, they get to keep their job.

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“If examiners obey the law (EPC), they get bullied; if they break the law, they get to keep their job.”Please don’t speak about the people at the top floors. Doing so may constitute libel! Also, do not represent the interests of staff (as per underlying laws) or the people at the top floors will call you “nazi” and say you employ “snipers!”

The situation at the EPO is as toxic as ever, but it’s being kept underneath the surface, owing largely to complicit media, bribed by the EPO for its silence (there’s ample evidence of this, it’s not a secret). There are EPO-sponsored propaganda events from dedicated avenues that help control the flow of so-called ‘news’* .

We published some internal communications/letters several days ago [1, 2]. These help show what really goes on behind closed doors. “These two documents cover the most important topics and should help you not to lose sight of it,” our source noted,” and “[i]t may seem to the outside world that SUEPO is no longer active, but rest assured that they are alive and kicking! The SUEPO guys work very hard under the most difficult conditions, this should not be forgotten (even if this is not always obvious to the outside world, the reason for this is no secret and well known to everyone who has dealt with Eponia matters).”

“There are EPO-sponsored propaganda events from dedicated avenues that help control the flow of so-called ‘news’* .”The EPO likes to pretend that everything is rosy and constantly improving. The reality, however, is exactly the opposite as staff grows tired (now at breaking point, with “strike” being mentioned explicitly in official communications). Things are far from rosy and matters exacerbate rapidly.

Meanwhile, as predicted, Europe suffers from a spread or an epidemic of patent trolls. SMEs suffer the most. The EPO has posted more of these ridiculous “SME” tweets in recent days [1, 2] and then culminated in this tweet: “Be one of the first to find out how #SMEs successfully commercialise their most important inventions! Sign up now for this conference, where our latest study on European SMEs will be launched…”

“This is extremely misleading,” I responded. “You advertise an event of a patent trolls’ front group as “SME” something even though SMEs are those who suffer the most from the trolls you liaise with.”

“Things are far from rosy and matters exacerbate rapidly.”Have a look at the cited page as it speaks not about SMEs but a bunch of nonsensical agenda. “This conference,” it says, “jointly held by the EPO and the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) with support of the government agency Enterprise Ireland, provides a platform for high-growth technology enterprises and others in their innovation ecosystem (see figure below) to learn about business strategy and IP management. An international team of highly experienced practitioners will share best practices on how to leverage patents for business success and help you to develop useful networks at regional and international levels.”

This event was also promoted here [1, 2] in the past couple of days and the EPO retweeted this tweet (from a prominent participant) who said: “Looking forward to participating in this @EPOorg and @LESIntl event for @inngot . Participate in this 2 Day event for only EUR150! Day 1 – conference for business decision makers and IP professionals; Day 2 – 1:1 coaching during IP clinics. Places still available.”

“These are the sorts of people whom the EPO deems representative of (of for) SMEs?”“No good reason to participate in an event of a patent trolls’ front group,” I responded, “and an agency that commits serious crimes every day…”

These are the sorts of people whom the EPO deems representative of (of for) SMEs? Have the EPO’s managers gone clinically insane?!?!

“Huawei and the likes of it are very wealthy; they can afford the legal battle, unlike SMEs.”Well, get used to it. This is today’s EPO. These are its allies. That’s the agenda.

We already know what it all leads to. Look no further than this new report about patent trolls in the UK, operating courtesy of the EPO in Germany:

For four days beginning Oct. 21, the U.K. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the joined cases of Unwired Planet International Ltd. v. Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Huawei Technologies v. Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL, and ZTE Corp. v. Conversant Wireless Licensing.[1] Among the questions presented is whether an English court — specifically, the Patents Court for England and Wales — is a proper forum for determining the terms of a global license for the use of fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory-committed standard-essential patents.[2]

Huawei and the likes of it are very wealthy; they can afford the legal battle, unlike SMEs. We don’t really know how many of them perish and shell out ‘protection’ money outside the courts (the legal process).

Sadly, this is becoming the new ‘normal’; this, at least to EPO management, is the desirable outcome. They’re squashing actual inventors to serve international monopolies and patent trolls.
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* Managing IP (MIP) is now bragging about being a media partner for a patent maximalists’ event. MIP is not an impartial reporter but a think tank of the litigation industry disguised as “news” (it’s clear who’s funding it). Surely the organisers of such events know it; but this is what they want. These events are lobbying platforms.

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