01.14.20

It’s Only Factual and Truthful to Point Out That About Half of the EPO’s Management Committee Are From the President’s Nation (and Many Are Underqualified Friends of His)

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

The (dual) French-Portuguese national only exacerbated the nepotism stigma

French EPO

Summary: The patent-granting extravaganza of what a reader and contributor of ours likes to call “Club Med” will result in great pain (not just for the Office but for Europe as a whole); pointing out who’s to blame (the culprits) is an exercise in practicality

THIS morning we quoted an anonymous comment that spoke of “hispanoportofrench friends” of the President of EPOnia. It was hardly racist or bigoted. It was a factual, accurate observation.

“When assessed outside the EPO (where judges are still being terrorised) all those abstract patent are void, null and bunk…”There’s lots to be criticised at EPOnia, even on purely technical grounds (what we did until 2014). Here’s one new example. Having highlighted this latest instance of advocacy for software patents in the European Patent Office (EPO), Benjamin Henrion said there’s a “WIPO deadline for comments [which is] c14 feb,” quoting the fragment “Computer-assisted inventions and their treatment under patent laws have been the subject of lengthy discussions in many countries around the world” from this document [PDF] that alludes to “computer-assisted inventions” (like computer-generated stuff or patents that are granted on such generative processes).

When assessed outside the EPO (where judges are still being terrorised) all those abstract patent are void, null and bunk; No honest law firm would advise clients to pursue any, knowing the EPC and 35 U.S.C. § 101 in US courts (the USPTO sees many of its recently-granted patents perishing there).

“It’s a money-grab. It’s a bubble. It will implode.”Team Campinos/Battistelli is a clueless bunch of non-scientists and all they seem to ‘understand’ is that they want as many patents to be granted as possible (and as quickly as possible because sooner or later stakeholders will realise the futility of European Patents). It’s a money-grab. It’s a bubble. It will implode. They won’t return their bonuses when that happens.

Not too long ago “MaxDrei” could be seen responding to an apparent EPO insider who is sick and tired of EPO nepotism, kakistocracy, and lies. He said:

I regret the reference in that last contribution to “hispanoportofrench friends”. Reflect on the point that the poster known as “Attentive Observer”, perhaps the most vociferous critic ever of the (French) immediate past President, might also be from that part of the world. Please don’t imply that there is one bucket in which all “hispanoportofrench” people fit. The distress is when an admirable, expert and socially valuable institution (such as a large hospital or Patent Office) becomes victim of a coup by a self-serving and incompetent managerial class that is interested only in pleasing its “make hay while the sun shines” ignorant, blinkered and greedy investor employers.

That said, I seriously regret a loss of balance in the EU, resulting from the withdrawal of the UK from Europe. An OD or a TBA composed of three active members is perhaps the safest way to get to sound decisions. Any “rogue elephant” can be guided onto the right path, but only if there is an elephant one on each side of the rogue.

In the EU, the Big Three were, until recently, DE, FR, GB. With the departure of GB, there is increased likelihood of the EU taking a succession of wrong turns, thereby bringing about the demise of the whole thing

Then there’s this response: “You are so right Maxdrei. All hispanportofrenchs do not belong to the same bucket. By the way I am and EPF too. Unfortunately (luckily?) most of us are not among his ‘friends’ saving the world. We are rather easy to spot: you can find us in front of a PC, trying somehow to make the EPO functioning, against all odds. Good luck everyone!”

“One reader and contributor of ours likes to call the collective “Club Med”.”That stigma about Mediterranean counties is an extension of what used to be a stain on France’s reputation (by admission from several French politicians on the record). One can debate if Iberian Portugal counts as Mediterranean (it faces the Pacific Ocean) and whether Corsican Battistelli is Mediterranean as he lives and works up north (Paris area and now Strasbourg). One reader and contributor of ours likes to call the collective “Club Med”. The term “hispanportofrenchs” seems to have combined some of the familiar faces in top EPO management, more so than ever after Campinos brought lots of buddies.

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