EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

01.31.20

Collapse of the UPC is “Business as Usual” According to Bristows LLP

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 3:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

What would be “unusual” for Team UPC then?

Business as Usual

Summary: Team UPC is so debased or so detached from reality that all it has to say about Brexit is that everything is normal, everything is just fine (deep state of denial)

THE “BREXIT DAY” or whatever one chooses to call it isn’t something to be celebrated, except perhaps by foes of the UK and gullible people who believe that the EU — of all things — was our main issue (not austerity or inequality or mass privitisation or zero-hour contracts or misbehaving princes etc.) and the only upside we see here in Techrights is the immediate collapse of UPC — something which Berlin too alluded to some months ago. That does not mean that the constitutional complaint in Germany is suddenly totally moot as it can help determine whether Team UPC can come up with something else in the future (it can take years) which resembles UPC but does not include the UK. UPC itself is now dead. Anything else that might resemble the UPC Agreement (UPCA) in the future would be totally different and potentially unattractive to everyone, especially now that opposition grows even outside Germany (the Poles, the Czechs, Spaniards and Hungarians are some of the examples). The UPC is in deep mud, maybe quicksand. One might say that Brexit is a nail in the coffin, depending on one’s choice of metaphor.

The European Patent Office (EPO) doing photo ops with Team UPC won’t help. António Campinos just makes himself look rather foolish any time he does those…

“One might say that Brexit is a nail in the coffin, depending on one’s choice of metaphor.”We’ve meanwhile noticed that Bristows (at least Annsley Merelle Ward) won’t even mention ‘unitary’ patents anymore. The Bristows blog had nothing to say either because a ‘unified’ patent court seems like a dead dream. Ward, a proponent of software patents in Europe (she used IP Kat to advocate these) even admits upfront that Brexit is depressing to her. We assume that’s mostly for professional reasons. Some of her colleagues retired early (possibly in connection with this; it’s difficult to prove the connection). The UPC — or anything like it — is now dead. They spent more than half a decade promoting it endlessly and now that it’s dead they don’t have the ‘heart’ to say so. They’re in denial. This is what happens when one’s career involves lying to the public and to clients (who are being robbed as well as deceived).

Where’s IAM in all this? It wasn’t until a year ago that IAM finally admitted the UPC was likely not happening (after IAM had been paid by Battistelli‘s PR firm to promote the UPC). Just promoted (Lexology apparently bumped this up in Google News yesterday) was this self-promotional nonsense from IAM that deflects to Spain and says this:

Spain currently shows no signs of becoming part of the proposed unitary patent system, is this likely to change?

While Spain shows no serious intention of joining the system, I do not see the country remaining indefinitely and voluntarily isolated from its European partners in this aspect.

The average Spanish company may not have the same innovative momentum compared with some foreign ones, but as the most dynamic among them shift their core activity from production to innovation they may become more interested in the unitary patent and the UPC and put pressure on the government and the political parties to effect change.

The level of interest in the system will also depend on how it works, if and when all of the obstacles are overcome and the unitary patent and the UPC enter into force.

Notice that laughable optimism; they — namely opportunistic law firms — want us to think that the UPC is inevitable and the only question is, will Spain participate in it? We saw similar talking points in the UK after the vote on EU membership in the middle of 2016. What will be the next bogus narrative trotted or put forth by Team UPC? 13+ years of imminence? Will an alien invasion and takeover of the planet bring about the UPC? They want to believe…

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, February 15, 2020

    IRC logs for Saturday, February 15, 2020



  2. Guest Article: Au Revoir, GNU/Linux

    "Funny how OSI just ended up being another vehicle for their takeover of the computing world..."



  3. Former Microsoft Employee: ZDNet is Owned by Microsoft (and Others) in Some Senses

    A noteworthy message we've received from someone who knows Microsoft from the inside



  4. Links 15/2/2020: Blender 2.82, Qt 5.15 Alpha and NetBSD 9.0 Released

    Links for the day



  5. Microsoft Views 'Open Source' as a Zero-Cost Heist Opportunity (Making Proprietary Software/Spyware Using Other People's Free Labour)

    Making GPL-licensed (copyleft) software and hosting it outside Microsoft’s jaws is the best way to counter the abusive monopolist, which still says it “loves” what it is actually attacking



  6. Did Microsoft 'Buy' ZDNet?

    A look at what ZDNet tells its readers (screenshot from this morning) and a rare look at how its writers are censored/suppressed



  7. Anatomy of a Crime and Protection From Prosecution

    It’s hard to forget what António Campinos hides for his friend



  8. Today's EPO is a Fraud Managed by Frauds

    Beneath the scandals associated with systematic abuse against staff, union-busting (silencing whistleblowers) and en masse granting of invalid patents — the hallmark of grotesque maladministration — lie a bunch of even greater crimes



  9. IRC Proceedings: Friday, February 14, 2020

    IRC logs for Friday, February 14, 2020



  10. One Need Only Look at ZDNet's 'Linux' Section to Understand It's a Microsoft Propaganda Operation

    A timely new snapshot (or screenshot) that demonstrates what ZDNet became after hiring Microsoft employees as ‘journalists’ and censoring on behalf of Microsoft, defaming Free software figures and so on



  11. Links 14/2/2020: New Release of KStars, OpenSSH 8.2, Rhythmbox 3.4.4, Flatpak 1.6.2

    Links for the day



  12. The Uselessness of Social Control Media and Why We Need RSS Feeds' Resurgence More Than Ever

    Social control media became pure noise or misinformation, usually in pursuit of financial expansion alone, and it is also a censorship machine which discourages not falsehoods but unconventional thinking



  13. Another New 'Clown' for the UPC 'Circus'

    A former writer of IPPro Magazine (which seems to be defunct now) reports another shuffle -- perhaps the fifth in a few years -- of "IP" [sic] Minister for the UK; it doesn't bode well for the Unified Patent Court (UPC)



  14. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, February 13, 2020

    IRC logs for Thursday, February 13, 2020



  15. Links 13/2/2020: Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS, Septor 2020, Endless OS 3.7.7, Wayland 1.18.0, KDE Plasma 5.18 and GTK 3.98 Released

    Links for the day



  16. The Microsoft Propaganda Model

    Classic new examples (real screenshots) of how Microsoft-funded media entraps people looking for information about "Linux" to actually push Microsoft talking points and marketing, cover-up, face-saving lies etc.



  17. What's Evil is Forcing People to Use Something They Don't Want and Typically Dislike

    The difference between Google Search and Microsoft is that many people actually want to use Google (and don't have to)



  18. 2020: The Year Microsoft Became Honest... About Being Corrupt and Criminal

    Microsoft is destroying any past attempts to portray itself as a reformed company or 'recovering criminal'; nothing is really changing and everyone has noticed



  19. Free Software is Being Abandoned by Opponents of Software Patents and It's Being Attacked by Patent Trolls

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is rotting away as an advocate against software patents; Patents on algorithms are still being granted (even when courts repeatedly reject these) and Red Hat's Chief Patent Counsel remains Manny Schecter, one of the loudest proponents of such patents (citing the likes of Adam Mossoff this week, in effect Koch operatives); this is a very big problem because Free software projects come under a barrage of lawsuits, using patents like those IBM lobbies ferociously to legitimise



  20. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

    IRC logs for Wednesday, February 12, 2020



  21. Links 12/2/2020: KDE Neon 5.18, Tails 4.3 and WordPress 5.4 Beta

    Links for the day



  22. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    IRC logs for Tuesday, February 11, 2020



  23. Links 11/2/2020: New Firefox and KDE Plasma

    Links for the day



  24. Sometimes ILO-AT is Good for Nothing But Law Firms in or Around Switzerland

    ILO-AT’s latest judgements are out. But ILO — and by extension the UN — are still morally deficient and they give the impression that don’t care about people (or that ILO is in bed with the same businesses WIPO (UN) serves, i.e. no better than WB/IMF).



  25. The European Patent Office Continues to Violate the European Patent Convention (EPC) With Impunity While the European Commission Lets That Happen

    The European Commission (and Union) can be seen as increasingly complicit in the EPO's abuses; this means that the EPO has become a liability or source of accountability for the integrity of Europe as a bloc



  26. IRC Proceedings: Monday, February 10, 2020

    IRC logs for Monday, February 10, 2020



  27. EPO Staff Representatives to Challenge Ridiculous and Unnecessary Austerity Measures

    The EPO's President of Nepotism "is currently finalizing his “package” of financial measures in order to reduce an alleged coverage gap of 5.8 B€ following a heavily biased and flawed Financial Study," according to EPO staff representatives who have already demonstrated it's a fake crisis that distracts from the real crisis and profound corruption



  28. You're Almost Guaranteed to Lose the Argument When You Call People Who Plant Seeds 'Pirates'

    The EPO's patent maximalists are damaging the reputation of the institution and harm its perceived legitimacy (people are getting fed up instead of fed)



  29. Unified Patent Corruption

    The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is more dead than ever before; but UPC hopefuls — people who lied their way into this fraudulent pact (designed to enrich only themselves by violating many constitutions) — try telling us otherwise and they’re weaponising corrupt media



  30. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, February 09, 2020

    IRC logs for Sunday, February 09, 2020


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