05.28.20

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The EPO Became a Very Radical Institution

Posted in Europe, Patents at 7:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

…And The World Will Not Change for the Better Unless or Until People Demand That

Gollum Two Face: Somebody not called Battistelli
Did anybody really think that a person chosen by Battistelli to succeed Battistelli would be any different? As SUEPO put it 2 months ago: “Are we back to the Battistelli era?”

Summary: Projection tactics are doomed to say more about the people who utilise them than about anybody else; the EPO has become so autocratic and corrupt that corruption is seen as normal and workers who explain this corruption are framed as “irrational” or “crazy” or “radical”

TRUISMS be told, no society is stagnant. Things change all the time. Politically, economically, legally…

Remember that hundreds of years ago we had no copyright law, no patent law, and drug distributions were governed very differently. We’re not passing criticism or hailing particular policies; it’s just an observation.

Society generally changes over time; sometimes the changes are driven solely by whatever we call them: oligarchs, kings, plutocrats, masters and feudal lords… these tend to be top-down changes, either intended to appease the ‘masses’ (‘plebs’, ‘peasants’…) or to forcibly crush them. Pacifying the people means that rebellion becomes less likely; a form of power compromise… “I hand over to you some of the powers previously reserved to me, so perhaps you’ll accept my authority if not very existence…”

“Mr. Campinos does not even respect a fundamental right like free speech. He has blocked Techrights (imposing the block on about 7,000 people) for nearly 2 years.”Techrights isn’t (and was never) a revolutionary site. Political? Hardly. Daily Links might be… but criticisms of the EPO, for instance, deal with law and with technical matters. The political aspects come to it only because politicians like António Campinos and Benoît Battistelli (also sons of politicians) were put in charge. This was never supposed to happen. Campinos comes from a rather ‘radical’ socialist family; he lacks background in the sciences (no wonder he thinks we need software patents in Europe) and thus far his sole preoccupation at the EPO was with “production”, i.e. giving as many monopolies as possible, usually to very large companies. No doubt his father (if he was still alive) would be extremely disappointed. Mr. Campinos does not even respect a fundamental right like free speech. He has blocked Techrights (imposing the block on about 7,000 people) for nearly 2 years.

“It’s too easy to accuse others of what oneself is already abundantly guilty of.”The way I see it, Battistelli and Campinos are the Mao types; no wonder they embark on so many photo tours and take photo ops with the Communist Party of China (CPC, or CCP). Suits them right…

The Marxist ‘Educate, agitate, organise’ [1, 2, 3] comes to mind; and then they have the audacity to portray critics and antagonists of theirs as anarchic, blocking their sites, threatening them, claiming that they engage in “defamation” (guess who the courts deemed to be guilty of defamation; those are cheap projection tactics).

It’s too easy to accuse others of what oneself is already abundantly guilty of. For instance, they’d have the public believe that anyone who does not agree with them is somehow a “radical” “rebel”; or as Dr. Chrissi Nerantzi put it:

Is encouraging openness and diverse networks really radical? After all, what are we all here for? Universities are here to create new knowledge and disseminate it for the social good, to make a difference.

Unlike the patent system, which limits the dissemination by restriction and litigation. In its very beginning it was at least conceived with positive intentions; it rewarded people to publish (in paper form) their tricks and tips, various methodologies and designs that when assembled could produce innovative new products like efficient grinding mills. Not some bloody algorithm that presents a progress bar on a screen or some perturbed form of pig, whose genetics were edited for the sole purpose of obesity (glorified breeding) and of course monopolisation.

“As we’ve pointed out here many times over the years, the ideas expressed by patent maximalists are far more radical.”People like myself and many others who pursue changes to the status quo — be it in software or the patent system that ruins software developments — aren’t radical at all. As we’ve pointed out here many times over the years, the ideas expressed by patent maximalists are far more radical. A quick look at Watchtroll oftentimes shows unbelievably zealous and antisocial behaviour. That is why we never ever link to that site anymore (it’s the only such site); the EPO’s management not only links to that site but closely cooperates with it. That says a lot about the radical nature of today’s EPO. If anyone out there is radical it’s not us. “Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings,” Cheris Kramerae famously said. Yes, we’re ‘radical’ in that sense that we believe in — Heaven forbid! — justice.

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