04.07.20

The Fall of the UPC – Part XIV: Media Owned and Controlled by Law Firms Did Not Properly Cover the Decision of the German Constitutional Court (FCC)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 5:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

No financial incentive to accurately cover the facts; distorting the facts is more profitable

The Law Society Gazette

Summary: We take another look at the shallow if not deliberately misleading coverage in sites that are literally owned and run by law firms, for the benefit of law firms rather than informing the public

THE credibility of the European Patent Office (EPO) is at stake and definitely at risk due to its misleading “press release” (statement in its “news” section, quoting António Campinos) about the UPC/A after the decision in Germany. The career of Battistelli is likely over; he’ll never be in ‘unitary’ anything and he’s rapidly aging in the country with some of the highest death tolls right now (for that age group).

“The way we see it, UPC/UP/UPCA was a dying thing or a zombie for 3 or 4 years, either due to Brexit, the complaint in Germany, or both. Team UPC just couldn’t get itself to admit this.”But what about the credibility of publishers and law firms, notably mouthpieces of Team UPC and leading proponents of UPC, who often themselves participated in drafting the UPC/A? We want to ensure that people know the full story and can look back at what was said after the UPC had died. The first major blow was in February (UK) and the second in March (Germany). There were many other, albeit somewhat smaller, blows in prior years. The way we see it, UPC/UP/UPCA was a dying thing or a zombie for 3 or 4 years, either due to Brexit, the complaint in Germany, or both. Team UPC just couldn’t get itself to admit this.

A few months ago Patrick Wingrove at Managing IP ‘entrapped’ Justice Huber, giving rise to a bunch of false reports about how the complaint would be dismissed (how wrong were they!) and these charlatans in rigged media (de facto lobbyists of Team UPC) continue to show their true face. This week alone one can see Wingrove et al assessing and ranking litigation venues (places in the US) based on how much blackmail and harassment goes on there. It’s like the Army rating/ranking countries by how many bombs it drops on them.

Anyway, this is consistent with what we’ve pointed out for years. The litigation giants run a lot of the media, directly or indirectly, telling us endless lies about the UPC. Now, in April 2020, one can look at all the lies they told over the years. Their misleading articles are still online.

“The litigation giants run a lot of the media, directly or indirectly, telling us endless lies about the UPC.”Now, one might expect them to stop lying, seeing that the UPC hit the final wall. But no…

The media in the pockets of Team UPC — just like Team UPC itself — will carry on lying to us.

Since we’ve mentioned Managing IP, which is in the pockets of the EPO and Team UPC, let’s consider Wingrove’s colleague (Max), who used to write for Law Gazette. How many people even know who owns Law Gazette? It's a misleading title/name; it makes it look like some official and independent journal. We wrote about it before and it’s clearly a privately-owned propaganda platform, where the main writer is now Michael Cross.

Want to see what Law Gazette published through Michael? Let’s start with this article that said “decade-long attempt to create a unitary patent and enforcing court across European states appeared finally dead last night when Germany’s highest federal court ruled that the decision to join it had been taken unconstitutionally. Following the UK’s indication that it would not participate as planned, this means that two of the three required lead jurisdictions have pulled out.”

“Michael Cross, to be fair to him, hasn’t done a totally bad job.”Only France is in; Battistelli is all on his own.

Michael Cross, to be fair to him, hasn’t done a totally bad job. He has been a little more balanced than most, but he soon followed with some puff pieces like this one, which is spin: “A German ruling to void membership of the Unified Patent Court highlights the fragility of supranational institutions. But is the UK ready to take advantage of this window of opportunity?”

Well, the UK already has its own patent system and for a number of years we’ve heard rumours that the UK might also quit the EPC (hence the EPO).

Michael Cross later also changed the headline of the published article. “News focus: A court too far?” became “Unified Patent Court impasse – what now?” with a different URL, but the content is the same (there might be more articles, but we found 3 on this topic, including this duplicate).

“Well, the UK already has its own patent system and for a number of years we’ve heard rumours that the UK might also quit the EPC (hence the EPO).”“In itself,” the article says, “the ruling does not kill the UPC or the Unitary Patent it is supposed to regulate.”

No, Michael Cross. It does actually. It doesn’t explicitly say so, but common sense and basic understanding of the process would lead to the obvious conclusion. Do you await an officially-issued death certificate?

“Stop spinning for your employer,” I wrote, “the law firm which owns the publisher…”

“Speaking of law firms as publishers, this is exactly what IP Kat became and it worries us greatly because IP Kat used to be a prominent critic of EPO management.”When Max more or less ran the site he did a mostly OK work. He was relatively balanced and he spoke to EPO critics as well. Michael Cross is a step in the wrong direction. The articles mention no critics of the UPC, only Team UPC talking points and even the Law Society president (quoting one’s own boss!). If these people wish to undertake journalism seriously, then they must also speak to people whose agenda is different from the employer’s (a law firm).

Speaking of law firms as publishers, this is exactly what IP Kat became and it worries us greatly because IP Kat used to be a prominent critic of EPO management. The people who ran IP Kat a few years ago are no longer there (almost everyone left), leaving a vacuum filled by litigation firms and virtually no scholars. The EPO coverage almost always comes from AstraZenecas’s (Big Pharma) legal department.

“So now they do ads for patent and copyright maximalists.”The other day in IP Kat we saw Magdaleen Jooste giving a platform to 4iP Council, a major part of Team UPC. “4iP Council launched a practical interactive web guide,” it says,” 4 Reasons 4 Copyright. The guide helps innovative European businesses to understand the strategic value of copyright as an intellectual property tool. The four key benefits of copyright, namely: competitive edge, reputation, collaboration and funding, are discussed in the guide. Get more information here.”

So now they do ads for patent and copyright maximalists. Front groups. As we pointed out very early in this series, the only coverage of the FCC’s decision at IP Kat was Team UPC puff pieces. It was almost as though Team UPC ‘runs’ the blog. This once-courageous blog turned from critic to booster of UPC, including spin of it (even megaphone of Team UPC/Hoying!). “Anonymous” wrote three Fridays ago:

Dear Mr Hoying,

Start reading the decision of the FCC before uttering the expectation that it might be possible to “try to draft a text that would make it possible for European Economic Area countries and perhaps even other countries to join”.

The FCC has made it abundantly clear: the UPC is only open to EU member states. If the UPC is not yet fully dead, the EPLA is!

Benjamin Henrion then said: “The Court also trashed the way UPC’s Rules of Procedure [...] Mr Ramsay will have to look for another job?”

Here’s the full comment:

The Court also trashed the way UPC’s Rules of Procedure were made by this unelected Administrative Committee without parliamentary involvement:

“UPC rules of procedure were enacted by the Administrative Committee, whereby Art41 did not provide for parliamentary participation as the relevant legal basis in this respect and did not contain any express authorization for the UPC judges to undertake fundamental rights.”

Mr Ramsay will have to look for another job?

Maybe there were more comments, but the blog censors some (usually those that don’t favour Team UPC or EPO management). So only the above pair of comments can be seen, both hostile towards the original post (but not hostile enough to be deleted).

In another thread in the same blog a retired attorney wrote:

Yes, I am glad we are both well. The times might already be, as you say, “difficult” but they are going to get a whole lot more “difficult” before they get better. Let us hope that debating patent law, while confined at home, achieves something useful to all of us.

Times are only difficult for Team UPC. For people who are busy remote-working (e.g. coding) life will be better now because risk of being sued is vastly reduced.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

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

A Single Comment

  1. hashsecure said,

    April 8, 2020 at 1:50 am

    Gravatar


    Windows 10 New Looks: What’s New in the Windows 10 Update – 2020

    The Microsoft released a commemorative video to Windows 10 , celebrating the operating system version hit the barrier of 1 billion activations. The clip was posted on the Instagram profile of Panos Panay, head of the company’s Windows devices division.
    It starts as a nostalgic tribute, showing the boot screen and icons of several old versions of the system. However, it soon starts delivering some visual changes that were already expected and will arrive in future updates. Lets checkout windows 10 new looks and what is new updates and changes on new update.

What Else is New


  1. InteLeaks – Part XXVII: 'Pulling a Nokia' on Intel (Outsourcing to Microsoft)

    The recommendation of an Intel marriage with Microsoft (even in units that deal mostly with Linux) is an insulting slap across the face of developers employed there; we take a look at recommendations made to IoTG (Intel) by a firm with Microsoft orientation



  2. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, January 21, 2021

    IRC logs for Thursday, January 21, 2021



  3. InteLeaks – Part XXVI: Harbor Research is Horrible 'Research', Lacking Actual Technical Background

    Having looked at the members of staff of Harbor Research (individually), it seems clearer now why they have an affinity for Microsoft and why they're directing Intel to liaise with Microsoft and become a prisoner of Microsoft (even in areas where Microsoft is increasingly irrelevant)



  4. Links 21/1/2021: Raspberry Pi Pico, Ubuntu 21.04 Picks GNOME 3.38, KDE Plasma 5.21 Beta

    Links for the day



  5. How a Newly Inaugurated President Biden Can Advance Software Freedom (If He Actually Wishes to Do So)

    Techrights has 'Four Suggestions' to President Biden, the 46th 'front end' of American plutocracy



  6. InteLeaks – Part XXV: Intel's Brain Drain Leads to Unusual Measures

    As the company once known as 'chipzilla' loses its relevance and dominance in the market it's reaching out to retired people, trying to get them back onboard



  7. Hey Hi (AI) is Just a Trojan Horse for Illegal Software Patents, According to EPO Management and Litigation Firms It's in Bed With

    The longtime pushers or the lobby of patent profiteers just carry on pushing for software patents, nowadays latching onto the inane and unwarranted media hype around Hey Hi (AI) — a hype wave that was co-opted by EPO management to grant unlawful patents



  8. The Central Staff Representatives (CSC) of the EPO Are Petitioning to End the Assault on EPO Staff

    The EPO, just one month after the staff went on strike, is about to receive a compelling petition to stop the assault on EPO staff



  9. InteLeaks – Part XXIV: Love for Microsoft, Not for Free Software or Whatever Replaces Microsoft

    Intel is basing its big decisions on buzzwords and firms that master buzzwords; it's sad that instead of listening to Intel's own (in-house) engineers it's relying on a bunch of clowns who push 'Clown Computing' and 'apps' and 'UX'...



  10. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, January 20, 2021

    IRC logs for Wednesday, January 20, 2021



  11. Links 21/1/2021: Google Tightens the Screws on Chromium, VideoLAN VLC 3.0.12

    Links for the day



  12. IBM Panics and Resorts to 'Customer Retention' Tactics With Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

    IBM 'frees' RHEL but with limitations that can restrict growth of small companies (or subject them to financial barriers, originally unforeseen)



  13. Recent Techrights Articles About President Joe Biden

    Instead of writing yet more stuff about the latest US president, let's look back at what we wrote in recent weeks/months



  14. Links 20/1/2021: LibreOffice 7.1 RC2 and the RHEL Contingency

    Links for the day



  15. InteLeaks – Part XXIII: Intel Paying for Bogus 'Research' 'Insights' Which Merely Seek to Justify Outsourcing to Microsoft and Imposing Microsoft's Proprietary Software on Free Software Developers

    Intel's preference for Microsoft monopoly (an imposed/top-down decision) was seemingly certified by so-called 'consultants' and 'analysts' from the outside rather than the inside, basically manufacturing a false perception of consent after managers had already made up their minds



  16. Suppressed Facts of the Free Software Movement and Its Community of Volunteers – Part V: How FSF Secrecy Ended Up Insulting People, Alienating Trans Developers

    Having just uploaded this introductory video, we delve into the backstory or the real reason the FSF sank into somewhat of a crisis with the trans community almost half a decade ago



  17. InteLeaks – Part XXII: Bubbles and Buzzwords, No Substance at Intel's Internet of Things (IoT) Group (IOTG)

    The video above is continuation of the previous part about a document full of superficial buzzwords (not technical jargon anywhere), in effect recommending to managers that they blindly follow trends and cargo cults (such as Clown Computing) and not what’s most suitable for technical excellence



  18. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

    IRC logs for Tuesday, January 19, 2021



  19. Links 20/1/2021: WireGuard for pfSense and New US President

    Links for the day



  20. Links 19/1/2021: Krita 4.4.2 Released and JingOS Hype

    Links for the day



  21. Team UPC Keeps Pretending That UPCA Can Still be Resurrected (Even Without the UK, Which is Strictly a Requirement)

    The latest distortion of facts regarding the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement (UPCA) as seen from the lens of people who seek to profit from such distortion



  22. 'Ethical Source' is Not Ethical and Not a Movement But a Misguided Self-Serving PR Stunt

    Something which is neither enforceable nor ethical is being promoted by profoundly unethical media in the pockets of large corporations



  23. InteLeaks – Part XXI: Intel Seeking Advice From a Bunch of Clowns (Harbor 'Research')

    A firm called Harbor 'Research' is making dubious recommendations to Intel; as shown in the above video, there's also an obsession with buzzwords (typically suggestive of a lack of technical grasp/understanding)



  24. IRC Proceedings: Monday, January 18, 2021

    IRC logs for Monday, January 18, 2021



  25. The US Election Was Not Rigged, But the Nomination Process Was (Undermined to Maintain Control by Oligarchy)

    Cheating/driving the left out of the Democratic Party seems like a longstanding tradition and we know who stands to gain from it; moreover, problems remain in the voting process because it's controlled by secret code of companies like Microsoft (in spite of the openwashing)



  26. InteLeaks – Part XX: Redacted (for Names Only) Release of Intel File About Developer eXperience (DX) Meddling in GNU/Linux

    Today (or tonight) we release the first 'phase' of InteLeaks in a sensibly redacted form; coming up next is a surprise from Team Microsoft



  27. Sites in Bed With the EPO and UPC 'Covering' the 'News' Without Mentioning Any of the Overt Abuses

    It is rather sad that blogs like IP Kat have turned into proponents of abusive EPO management and Team UPC increasingly resorts to lying using pseudonyms (to avert criticism and accountability); much of the rebuttal or response that’s hinged on reality/facts can only be found in comments, which are still subjected to a face-saving moderation process (conducted by Team UPC)



  28. Suppressed Facts of the Free Software Movement and Its Community of Volunteers – Part IV: Stories From the Depths of the Free Software Foundation (FSF)

    To reduce or alleviate suspicions and a potential of mistrust the FSF needs to become more transparent and liberate information (such as the real reason Bradley Kuhn left, as noted in the previous part)



  29. Links 18/1/2021: GNU Radio 3.9, Wikipedia at 20

    Links for the day



  30. InteLeaks – Part XIX: Intel's Web 'Experts' Seen as Microsoft Champions Dealing With the Platform Microsoft is Looking to Destroy

    Things aren't rosy at Intel because the hires aren't suitable for the job of documenting and/or presenting GNU/Linux-centric products (whose target audience is Free software developers)


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