02.14.20

Another New ‘Clown’ for the UPC ‘Circus’

Posted in Europe, Patents at 2:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

UPC is Dead, Chris Skidmore is a Dad

Chris Skidmore is a Dad

Summary: 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)

WE HAVE long argued that the UPC's death may be overshadowed by this joke that’s a replacement of “IP” [sic] Minister every year if not several times a year (twice a relative, or sibling, of our Prime Minister).

“IP [sic] Minister changes hands yet again,” pointed out a writer from Managing IP [sic] after he had spent years as a megaphone for Team UPC. He cited this tweet, which in turn cites Ben Wodecki’s article behind paywall. It says “[t]he UK minister responsible for IP, Chris Skidmore, has been sacked following yet another cabinet reshuffle.”

“Skidmore out as UK IP minister changes again The UK minister responsible for IP, Chris Skidmore has been “promoted” following yet another cabinet reshuffle,” the tweet added. The tabloids were poking fun yesterday (screenshot above).

At the end of last year we noted that Wodecki’s publisher (IPPro Magazine) had almost gone completely idle. Its last tweet is dated September 6th and its Web site is broken at this time:

IPPro Magazine down

Wodecki’s articles there mostly relayed the EPO’s lies and propaganda, whereas his colleague Barney Dixon gave a voice to SUEPO and ordinary EPO staff. Wodecki now writes for an older site with “IP” [sic] in its name.

The fate of IPPro Magazine isn’t out of the ordinary. In recent years we named several other sites of patent maximalists; they too had been perishing. One of the sites we named was Patent Docs, which 7 years ago (2012) wrote about the “power to grant the first unitary patent in Spring 2014.”

This article did not age well. Did it? Many of those patent maximalists are liars and some have lied for well over a decade. Some still do in 2020, even after Brexit. From what we can gather, nobody in Team UPC speaks about the news regarding Chris Skidmore. Not too convenient a fact, eh?

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