[Meme] Daniel X. Thomas Still Works for Benoît Battistelli

Posted in Europe, Patents at 10:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Daniel X. Thomas Still Works for Benoît Battistelli

Summary: Turns out that it’s a rather small world after all… many people still eat from the dictator‘s palm in a crooks’ shelter, ironically a law school (which cannot offer immunity but political protection)

Response to Daniel X. Thomas, Former Director at the European Patent Office (EPO)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 8:47 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The original was posted in a Microsoft site that spies on millions (not that the EPO can ever understand that), hence it is reproduced here without sending traffic to Microsoft, along with our response in-line (fair use doctrine)

G 1/21 – The RPEBA2015 - How to deal with the president’s comments and the amicus curiaeSummary: Techrights takes a moment to respond to Daniel X. Thomas, who worries that his criticism of the way António Campinos handled G 1/21 can get him in trouble

THE Benoît Battistelli regime totally obliterated the independence of the Boards of Appeal at the EPO, including that of the highest boards (TBA, EBA/EBoA etc. not exempted from the bollocking and stacking). While it is true that over a decade ago our main critique of the EPO was its practice of granting European software patents “as such”, we’ve since then covered so many other aspects. Until the EPO’s management started bribing and blackmailing the media (even blogs like IP Kat) there was an opportunity to see lots of abuses; but then, the EPO’s PR budget and legal budget (for lawyers who intimidate bloggers/blogs like IP Kat, Techrights and maybe even Daniel X. Thomas) squashed a lot of that coverage, except here. So now the EPO’s head honcho du jour can focus on just ad hominem attacks on one person (yours truly).

“They constantly defame journalists and staff representatives (sometimes even judges!) and then they accuse them of “defamation”…”It’s worth taking a moment to respond to a public post from Daniel X. Thomas, “Former Director at European Patent Office” (in his own words; this is how he identifies himself, first and foremost). A lot of the ad hominem attacks happen in private, behind my back, and are then used to justify (secret decisions by EPO management) to go as far as blocking IP Kat and blocking all Internet (Web and beyond) access to Techrights — basically an utterly desperate effort to prevent people finding out about crimes of EPO management (they don’t refute articles/accusations, they just attack the messengers; yes, just like in China…) and then they have the audacity to accuse others of what they’re guilty of (projection/hypocrisy). They constantly defame journalists and staff representatives (sometimes even judges!) and then they accuse them of “defamation”…


By the way, now that we use Gemini (gemini:// protocol) people can access all Techrights articles from work, using any of the many Web proxies (there are dozens). Unless the EPO blocks all Gemini Web proxies (i.e. EPO blocks access to literally thousands of different sites!), these dictators cannot block Techrights, except by direct access. They play a game of whack-a-mole. Over gemini:// protocol we serve over 20,000 pages a day.

Before we proceed to the response, which is well overdue, it would be worth pointing out how amusing it is to see EPO managers (even directors!) past and present referring to software patents as “HEY HI” (AI) or “4IR” (along with other buzzwords/nonsense). Well, they clearly never coded or hacked on code, they just push software patents to fill their dirty pockets… and maybe not too shockingly those managers (even directors!) use Microsoft’s proprietary software as their ‘blogging’ platform. Yes, Microsoft — a top proponent of software patents, including the motor behind many of the European front/lobby/pressure groups that influence the EPO on these matters. We wrote about that countless times in the past. We named the culprits and proxies.

To be clear, Daniel X. Thomas seems like a nice person, but he is deeply misguided. The fact that he so openly supports software patents does not surprise me. In fact, what’s the likelihood of an opponent of software patents rising to a director/top-level position at the EPO? I’m not sure why he decided to write this post, but he’s probably just worrying about his pension (he did not retire so long ago) because right now his own words are used against his colleagues, who can retaliate against him. They already attack other EPO pensioners as well. There’s that old saying, “[i]t is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” (Upton Sinclair)

Since he comes from EPO management and he has made tons of money at the management tier there (without having to pay tax) maybe he prefers to think everything is rosy. Also, harm to the EPO’s management puts his own pension at risk.


I have got the “honour” of being quoted in Techrights.


I have again had the “honour” of being quoted in Techrights.


Mr Schestowitz takes every opportunity to attack the EPO, and his methods are abject to say the least.

What do you mean by “methods”?

What do you mean by “attack”?

Let’s roll back and clarify the intent of this false narrative.

My profession is under a constant attack from patents, granted by patent offices that ignore caselaw in order to cheat the system, usually for financial gain (and as a favour to “large clients”, i.e. multinational monopolies).

Who is attacking whom?

And what does the word “methods” mean in this context? Reporting the facts? Yeah, some methods…

As we shall see in a moment, he relies on the utterly false premise that my sole criticism of the EPO is for software patents; initially it was the sole issue I was aware of, but about 3,500 articles later I’ve written about so many other issues. It seems like he’s lying and oversimplifying the matter, wrongly implying that the sole problem I have with the EPO is patent scope; as if all is well at EPOnia and, as we shall see in a moment, he insists that it’s OK to grant software patents. He ignores so many other things, such as the constant lying about the UPC after Brexit. We’ll write more about that some time later in the week…

12 hours after we had published this communication a lot of useful comments (3 so far) started showing up here (response to face-saving spin). They cannot keep up with the lies. They try…


It is an “honour” I can do without as I do not agree to see my freedom of opinion repeatedly misused for a campaign against the EPO which I cannot support.

No, Sir. Your freedom to express yourself is protected by the law, but that does not extend to “freedom to have an audience” or “freedom not to be criticised”. You might want to look up the very basics of free speech — something that EPO management never managed to grasp. Heck, it has been blocking this Web site (without explanation/justification) for about 7 years already. It also blocked some other sites and it’s constantly gagging its union, its staff representatives, judge, etc. Yes, even this year


Lots of things might not be optimal at the EPO, but constant slanting it is not a way to help resolving the difficulties the EPO is going through.

“Lots of things might not be optimal” is an understatement — probably one of the (full) decade if not (half) century in the context of the EPO. Why belittle this crisis? Even the EPO itself called it a crisis some years ago (behind closed doors, but somebody leaked it to us).


I have said certain things about the way the first OP in G 1/21 went along, as my concern is the respect of existing legal rules.

It is important to show that even EPO insiders of a very high level (albeit with lower risks of reprisal) admit these issues.

That’s the whole point.


I am convinced that without respect of legal rules we go back to the jungle and the right of the strongest prevails. This is not what I wish for myself, my children and grandchildren.

He keeps bringing up his children (more on that in a moment), which is a bit strange (as if to make it seem like I’m attacking children or something).


What I have said has actually nothing to do with my former quality as EPO staff.

It is not something that just vanishes overnight. The former status is relevant. It’s also what pays the pension (still).


It was the view of somebody interested in the topic as it concerns an institution is am still loyal to. Any objective observer could come to similar conclusions.

Good people concede their loyalty when they become witnesses to bad things.


In view of the constant misuse of my honest opinion, I will now refrain from any statement relating to G 1/21.

How was it misused? It was not. It was quoted (and not out of context). What he wants is selective audiences/mentions.


I do not want to help this person to constantly attack the EPO.

I do not attack the EPO; the reason so many EPO workers read Techrights is that we’re trying to actually save the EPO from those who attack it from the inside.


It should also be kept in mind that beyond the personal attacks against some members of staff, the pet peeve of this person is the possibility of patenting programmes CII or even AI.

“CII” and “AI” is meaningless nonsense. The fact that he’s repeating such meaningless nonsense reaffirms my belief that too many incompetent people make it into top roles at the EPO.


I said it many times, and repeat it once more, contrary to what Mr Schestowitz thinks, CII or even AI are not forbidden by the EPC.

The EPC says nothing about “CII” and “AI”, so quit using buzzwords, which you likely don’t even understand (nobody is meant to understand such lingo).


The simple considerations as to why CII are well patentable under the EPC is apparently too complicated for Mr Schestowitz to enter in his brain. The doctrinal blindness and hatred of this person against the EPO is indeed flabbergasting.

The typical accusation of “hatred” is an old tactic, suggestive of emotion and irrational feelings. We use simple logic and we observe facts, not financial interest (which is all that matters to EPO management — that’s why it breaks the law).


Last but not least, attacking persons for their supposed likeness with other ones or for their hair colour is absolutely abject.

This is false. I am guessing he alludes to the Willy Wonka thing. It’s alluding to “FUDGE” (as in legal fudge), nothing to do with hair colours…


My son and my two grandchildren have red hair, and attacking a person for its hair colour is also attacking my family.

So now he’s trying to make it seem like I personally attacked him and his children. I attacked neither.

Now we’ve entered “crybully” territories.


In view of this turn of events provoked by Mr Schestowitz I have to conclude that this person has managed to silence me due to my status of former staff of the EPO.

Someone from Red Hat once tried the same tactics, basically saying in public that I had “silenced” by merely quoting someone. They try to incite colleagues that way, shifting blame for their own choices/actions.

Did I silence him?

No, someone choosing to not talk anymore is silencing oneself. You know who silences people and sites? The EPO’s management. To the point of blocking them and siccing lawyers at them. They did it to me countless times and I’m not alone.


This does not withhold myself to have my idea about the topic and the procedure used to come to a decision. Some of the amicus curiae are quite eloquent in this respect.

We’ve cited them a lot more than anything from Mr. Thomas. We didn’t even say anything negative about him; quite the contrary!

Moreover, we already know (and proved) that the EPO hid some amicus curiae from the public. It only selectively showed what people had to say. That’s known as censorship.

From the comment, Thomas:

I had to react. No opportunity to bash the EPO is missed by this person. And I do not want to contribute to this!

You did not contribute. You expressed an opinion in public. Now you want to control who can read it?


The more so since it appears that the only drive for this person is to bash the EPO because it grants patents on CII.

Again, totally false! Straw man argument.


I rarely came across such stubbornness and stupidity.

Now we see insults too. I never insulted him. But here he is using swear words.


I feel a deep loyalty to the organisation and I will not support such a behaviour against it.

It seems sad to me that he has “deep loyalty” to Battistelli’s den of corruption.

Update: As it turns out, Mr. Thomas still works for Battistelli.

GNU/Linux 38 This Month

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 6:26 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNU/Linux Is 38 Years Old This Month (Or Is It 28 Years Old?) – Invidious

Summary: Taylor seems to be reading Techrights

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Posted in News Roundup at 6:07 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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      • How to install Varnish Cache on Ubuntu 20.04 – VITUX

        Now more than ever, page loading speed is crucial to any website owner. A few seconds of lag in loading your website will quickly send internet users to the next site leading to high bounce rates and reduced revenue. In fact, page loading speed is a crucial ranking aspect that Google uses to rank websites. The slower your website, the lower the rank it gets.

        Varnish cache, also known as a caching reverse HTTP proxy, is a high-performance and blazing fast web application that speeds up your website by forwarding incoming HTTP requests to your webserver. It sits in front of a webserver and caches all the web traffic that is frequently accessed by users and stores it in memory. By so doing, it speeds up the retrieval time of the web pages. The cache also serves thousands of concurrent HTTP requests without crashing or overloading the webserver. It can boost your website speed by up to 300 – 100 times.

        Let now install the Varnish cache on Ubuntu 20.04

      • How to Install & Setup ModSecurity with Nginx on Debian 11

        ModSecurity or often referred to as Modsec is a free, open-source web application firewall (WAF). ModSecurity was created as a module for the Apache HTTP Server. However, since its early days, the WAF has grown and now covers an array of HyperText Transfer Protocol request and response filtering capabilities for various platforms such as Microsoft IIS, Nginx, and of course, Apache.

        How the WAF works, the ModSecurity engine is deployed in front of the web application, allowing the engine to scan the incoming and outgoing HTTP connections. ModSecurity is most commonly used in conjunction with the OWASP Core Rule Set (CRS), an open-source set of rules written in ModSecurity’s SecRules language and is highly regarded among the security industry.

      • Install the VirtualBox Guest Additions in Debian 11 bullseye – PragmaticLinux

        Curious about the recently released Debian 11 “bullseye”? Why not install it inside a VirtualBox virtual machine and give it a try? Just keep in mind that afterwards, you want to install the VirtualBox Guest Additions. This enables you to adjust the screen resolution to match your monitor’s. Furthermore, you can enable features such as the bi-directional clipboard and shared folders. In this article I’ll explain how to install the VirtualBox Guest Additions in Debian 11 “bullseye”.

      • How to create dynamic configuration files using Ansible templates | Enable Sysadmin

        In the previous article in this series, 8 steps to developing an Ansible role in Linux, I created an Ansible role to install Vim and configure it with some plugins and a static vimrc configuration file.

        This article improves this role by replacing this static configuration file with a more flexible one, dynamically generated using an Ansible template.

      • Bash Echo Command Explained With Examples In Linux – OSTechNix

        As a beginner when you start working with Bash scripts, the first command you will probably learn and use is the echo command. You can think of bash echo command something similar to the print command in other programming languages. The echo command is a bash built-in and its purpose is to print the output to stdout (i.e. Terminal).

        In this article, I will show you what is bash echo command and how to use it in your shell scripts. Before we get into the topic, let us see the difference between a Bash bulit-in and an external command.

    • Games

      • Podcast #15 with James Ramey from Codeweavers: Steam Deck, Proton, in 2021 and Beyond

        We have a new episode out, with James Ramey from Codeweavers (the key company developing WINE, which is a major component of Proton)! We have talked to James many times before, he is almost like a regular guest of our podcast at this stage – but this time was a good time to catch up with him. The Steam Deck is about to be released later in this year by Valve, and we wanted to better understand the following….

      • ARK: Survival Evolved releases on Stadia with a bunch more free games for Stadia Pro | GamingOnLinux

        ARK: Survival Evolved, the still incredibly popular open-world game from Studio Wildcard is now on Stadia and along with a few other games it’s free for Stadia Pro subscribers.

        Much like ARK ports to other platforms, their version on Stadia has plenty of issues. ARK has a history of being buggy, and their native desktop Linux version is pretty awful. It doesn’t seem like their Stadia port is much better with graphical issues, graphics that look quite poor in a lot of places and yes even plenty of stuttering at times too. So, a pretty standard port of ARK then.

      • Impostor Factory from Freebird Games launches September 30 | GamingOnLinux

        From the same developer that gave us To The Moon and Finding Paradise, prepare for another wild adventure with Impostor Factory as it’s finally going to release on September 30.

        I’m still confused on the story here. Is it somehow a follow-on from the previous games? The developer said “Maybe not. Maybe it’s a sequel. Maybe it’s a prequel. Maybe it’s both. But again, there is no prerequisite to playing Impostor Factory.” and yet they keep saying it’s “Impostor Factory (To the Moon 3)” and so we just have to wait and see. They are at least telling us the story will “make you curse at the screen” so that’s something.

      • ScummVM issues a call to action on testing for the next major version | GamingOnLinux

        ScummVM 2.3.0 is coming soon with many upgrades to this awesome free and open source project that keeps classic games alive. Now they need your help.

        Plenty of newly supported games will come with this release including the likes of: Grim Fandango, The Longest Journey, Crusader: No Remorse, AGS Games versions 2.5+, Myst 3: Exile, The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time, Red Comrades 1 & 2 and more.

      • The Steam Deck is the gateway to better PC games. – Invidious
      • Wasteland 3 update 1.5.0 is out improving the DLC and co-op experiences | GamingOnLinux

        inXile Entertainment have released the big 1.5.0 update for Wasteland 3 with an aim to improve the experience of getting into the DLC content and also lots of improvements to the online co-op.

        “As noted in the State of the Frozen Union article, Patch 1.5.0 is primarily focused on improving the co-op experience, as well as allowing those at the endgame to experience the Steeltown and Cult of the Holy Detonation expansion content. We’ve also taken a bright light to some of the underused quirks, perks, and backgrounds, balancing those with the intention of making them even more attractive options when you’re creating and evolving squad members. Rounding all this off is a bevy of overall polish, fixes, and other general improvements that aim to please.”

      • Prop hunt hide & seek game Run Prop, Run! is now free to play | GamingOnLinux

        After a fresh online multiplayer game to play and one that’s family friendly too? The hide and seek game with prop hunting Run Prop, Run! recently became free to play.

        These types of games obviously live and die by the amount of people they have playing, and it’s extremely hard for such a game to cut through the noise when it has a cost attached to it. That’s just how it is now with so many high quality free games already available so PlayTogether Studio set it free. Quite fun too with it adding its own spin on the genre with platforming, special abilities and more.

      • Steam not working right on Arch Linux? It’s an issue with FreeType and there’s a fix | GamingOnLinux

        If you’re using Arch Linux or anything based on it (or other rolling update distributions) and you’ve recently run updates that included freetype2, you might unfortunately notice that Steam is now quite broken.

        When loading any part of the Steam client that depends on web views, it will just give you a rather unhelpful black screen. This is obviously a big problem and makes it all quite unusable. So what can you do? Well, if you’re comfortable with your package managing you could downgrade freetype2 back to version 2.10.4 but that can then end up breaking future updates that depend on the newer version. Valve are hot on the issue though and they’ve already put up a fresh Steam Beta with a fix.

      • As it nears a new release, The Battle for Wesnoth is looking for new contributors

        The Battle for Wesnoth is one of the longest running open source strategy games still in continuous development. With 17 single player campaigns, fully-fledged online multiplayer, and countless fan mods available through the game’s own downloadable content platform, Wesnoth can deliver endless hours of turn-based entertainment completely free of charge, while giving back to the community through its free and open source codebase and a rich pool of assets and artwork distributed under a Creative Commons license. For over 18 years Wesnoth has been a staple of classic Linux gaming, and it’s widely available over the repositories of every major distro.

      • Caves of Qud gets new late-game content, new character creation and lots of items | GamingOnLinux

        Caves of Qud is probably one of the best modern roguelikes around and Freehold Games have put up a huge new Beta version with lots of goodies to play through.

        Qud has some of the craziest possible characters you can make, seriously it has. To help show it off a little more, Freehold have upgraded and overhauled the character generation system. It’s now “more sensible, highly moddable, and use an all-new, responsive, fully keyboardable AND mousable UI” and I do have to say it looks pretty good. It also now gives you some preset character builds to help new players.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE e.V. is looking for a developer to help further hardware integration projects

          KDE e.V., the non-profit organisation supporting the KDE community, is looking for a someone to help shape products based on KDE software.

          We are looking for people who can start working on the projects soon, we expect this to be a part-time position. Please see the call for proposals for the KDE Hardware integration project for more details about this contracting opportunity.

        • Announcing the Winner of the Plasma 25th Anniversary Edition Wallpaper Contest
        • The Call for Hosts for Akademy 2022 is now officially published

          Akademy 2022 is on its way and, despite the continuing pandemic, we are aiming for some in-person aspect for our next conference.

          For the upcoming Akademy, we are looking to host it later in 2022, as we expect travel to be a bit more attainable and safe by then. Ideal dates would be in late summer or autumn 2022, specifically late August through October.

          If you are interested in hosting Akademy in your city, please send a letter of intent or interest before a full bid by the middle of October 2021. In addition, we ask that you assemble a team of at least 3 people before applying.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Show WebP Thumbnails In GTK Applications (Nautilus, Thunar, Etc) Using WebP GDK Pixbuf Loader Library

          I was looking for a way to get WebP image thumbnails in GTK applications (especially Nautilus / GNOME Files), and most solutions I found were ‘hacky’, until I found the rather unknown WebP GDK Pixbuf Loader library. So I thought I’d write about it here on Linux Uprising, in case some of you are also interested in this.

          This library / WebP thumbnailer currently only supports static WebP images, but there is work to add support for animated WebP image thumbnails.

    • Distributions

      • Alpine 3.11.12, 3.12.8 and 3.13.6 released

        The Alpine Linux project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of version 3.11.12, 3.12.8 and 3.13.6 of its Alpine Linux operating system.

        Those releases include fixes for apk-tools CVE-2021-36159 and openssl CVE-2021-3711 and CVE-2021-3712.

      • Reviews

        • ZorinOS 16 is exactly what a Linux desktop distribution should be

          Anyone. Period. That’s how good ZorinOS 16 is. It doesn’t matter what level of skill you have, ZorinOS 16 is ready to help make your desktop experience a delightful romp through the world of Linux. Since it’s based on Ubuntu 20.04.3, it includes all the usual Ubuntu user-friendliness under the hood. But don’t worry, if you are new to Linux you shouldn’t have to bother with things like the command-line interface, as the ZorinOS 16 desktop UI will hold your hand just enough to keep you from getting lost in the muck and mire better suited to the Linux devotees.

          ZorinOS 16 is as good a desktop operating system as you’ll find. That might sound like hyperbole, but I honestly cannot think of a desktop OS that is as beautiful as it is functional and usable. If you’re looking for a new desktop distribution to challenge what you think Linux is, give ZorinOS 16 a try and see if it doesn’t very quickly win you over.

      • New Releases

        • Linux Lite 5.6 Released. Download and Upgrade Now.

          The team announced the release of the latest version of Linux Lite 5.6 with new improvements, programs, package updates and more. Here’s a quick recap and review.

        • Nitrux 1.6 Is Here as One of the First Distros to Ship with Linux Kernel 5.14, Latest KDE Goodies

          The monthly Nitrux ISO releases continue, and the Nitrux 1.6 release is here as a major update to the distribution that brings many new GNU/Linux technologies, updated apps, and lots of improvements, making Nitrux one of the best distros for home and office use.

          First and foremost, Nitrux 1.6 is one of the first GNU/Linux distributions out there to ship a live ISO image powered by the latest and greatest Linux 5.14 kernel series by default. Not only that, but Nitrux now supports Linux 5.4 and 5.10 LTS kernels, as well as the Linux-libre 5.10 and 5.13 kernels.

        • Release Announcement: Nitrux 1.6.0

          We are pleased to announce the launch of Nitrux 1.6.0. This new version brings together the latest software updates, bug fixes, performance improvements, and ready-to-use hardware support.

          Nitrux 1.6.0 is available for immediate download.

        • elementary OS 6 Gets First Post-Release Update

          More than 75,000 people downloaded elementary OS 6 last month. Those who installed the Ubuntu-based distro (and stuck with it) can enjoy a batch of “free fix and feature updates”, which begin rolling out to the system from September 1.

          Highlights within the update set include…

          A slew of bug fixes also feature, including patches to solve an issue causing problems when resuming elementary OS 6 from sleep; quirks while renaming files in the Files app sidebar; and the system not updating the GRUB boot loader to show newer kernels.

          Additionally, there are plans to update elementary OS for the Pinebook Pro and Raspberry Pi devices. These will, as before, provided as ‘early access‘ builds.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • SUSE releases its first version of Rancher: Rancher 2.6

          When SUSE acquired Rancher Labs and its popular Kubernetes management program, Rancher, the latest release of its popular Kubernetes management platform, SUSE promised it would continue to deliver 100% true open-source software with no vendor lock-in. Now, with the first release of Rancher under SUSE, Rancher 2.6, SUSE has kept its promise.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • CloudLinux provides extended lifecycle support for CentOS 8 until late 2025

          CloudLinux today announced it will provide updates and support for CentOS 8 through December 31, 2025 – providing a lifeline for those systems that have just four more months of support from the CentOS community through the end of the year when CentOS reaches end-of-life.

        • CloudLinux offers CentOS 8 users a support lifeline

          When Red Hat, CentOS’s Linux parent company, announced it was “shifting focus from CentOS Linux, the rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), to CentOS Stream,” which is essentially a beta RHEL rolling release Linux distribution, CentOS users were upset. When CentOS 8 users discovered they’d only get support until the end of 2021, instead of 2029, they were ticked off. Now, CloudLinux has come to CentOS 8 users’ rescue.

        • CloudLinux Provides Lifeline for CentOS 8 with Extended Lifecycle Support
        • CloudLinux Provides Lifeline for CentOS 8 with Extended Lifecycle Support
        • Fedora Magazine: Getting ready for Fedora Linux

          Why does Linux remain vastly invisible to ordinary folks who make general use of computers? This article steps through the process to move to Fedora Linux Workstation for non-Linux users.

          It also describes features of the GUI (Graphic User Interface) and CLI (Command Line Interface) for the newcomer. This is a quick introduction, not an in-depth course.

        • SCO vs. Linux: IBM to pay $ 14.25 million [Ed: This is the second bad translation in 2 days! They make it seem like IBM basically settled with SCO.]

          Edward Cahn, asset manager at TSG (The SCO Group) has submitted a document to the bankruptcy court of the US state of Delaware, according to which the litigation that has been smoldering since 2003 between TSG as the legal successor to the Unix producer SCO and IBM resulted in the payment of 14.25 Million dollars is ended by IBM. In return, TSG undertakes not to assert any further claims against IBM.

          The agreement between the two parties does not affect the claims of the Xinuos company. Under the name uniXis, TSG bought the rights and source code for the Openserver and Unixware products in 2011 with the promise to stay out of the legal dispute. The promise held until April 1, 2021, when Xinuos sued IBM. The company bought the Linux distributor Red Hat in order to be able to “harass” consumers, innovative competitors and all innovations in general. Xinuos also wants compensation because Openserver and Unixware would have been the leading Unix systems on the market until 2008.

        • Cockpit Project: Cockpit 252

          Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly.

          Here are the release notes from Cockpit 252:

        • [IBM fluff] Help build the future of education

          I know how fortunate I was to have had great access to education and technology from an early age. My mother was a K-6 teacher and later an administrator for the early childhood learning program, Head Start. My father was an electrical engineer (I followed in his footsteps) and later studied nights to become a college professor, ensuring that my two sisters and I had the opportunity to earn our college degrees without cost. Tagging along with them growing up, education was such a big part of our lives, and I got to spend a great deal of time in learning environments beyond my own schools.

        • Linux 5.15 Addressing Scalability Issue That Caused Huge IBM Servers 30+ Minutes To Boot

          Very large IBM mainframes/servers were taking 30+ minutes to boot the Linux kernel… No, just not for POST’ing the system with memory training and the like, but for loading Linux. Fortunately, with the Linux 5.15 kernel there is a set of scalability enhancements to allow these large IBM systems to be able to boot in around five minutes.

          With the driver core changes for Linux 5.15 is a set of patches working on enhancing the performance of Kernfs for functionality used around pseudo file-systems like sysfs. Leading to this Kernfs locking and concurrency improvements were engineers finding that large IBM Power mainframe systems with “several hundred CPUs and 64TB of RAM” were taking 30+ minutes to just boot the Linux kernel. Extra kernel parameters were also needed to avoid the kernel timing out on boot.

        • Using RHEL’s Lightweight Kiosk Mode in Edge Deployments

          Less is more. This is often the perspective behind requests we see that involve the words “light weight.” I’ve come to loosely translate this to mean, “install and/or run only the applications I care about with no fluff.”

          The motivation can be any number of problems around decreasing the installed footprint for security purposes, maximizing system resources, or perceived stability improvements from using less software (less to go wrong).

          Each of these points have their merit in any environment, but they are especially relevant in edge computing which is why we have a new means of deploying RHEL that helps tackle these concerns.

        • Open patients and open researchers: Bridging the next decade of transparency in healthcare

          Today we’re launching the next video in our Open Source Stories “Common Connections” series, “Common Connections: Healthcare Made Human.” The series features scholars, CEOs, educators, and engineers coming together to find the common threads in their work, and exploring the potential for future open source innovation and building unexpected connections.

          “Common Connections: Healthcare Made Human” brings together Dr. Tom Delbanco, co-founder of OpenNotes, Liz Salmi, senior strategist of Research Dissemination for OpenNotes and Jan Walker, co-founder of OpenNotes who first met after appearing together in our film, “The Open Patient: Healing through sharing.” Five years after their initial meeting, the three are now working together to make their vision for greater transparency in healthcare a reality.

          We’ve invited the OpenNotes team to share their recollections on their initial meeting and the impact it has made on their cause.

        • Finding freedom in open source: From translation to managing the implementation of edge in the automotive industry

          Red Hat’s Products and Technologies organization is doing game-changing work in the IT industry. In showcasing the unique stories of Red Hatters around the world, it’s clear that there’s no one path to finding success at Red Hat. For each of us, it’s about open collaboration and building something together.

        • Red Hat CodeReady Containers 1.31.2 makes the leap | Red Hat Developer

          Red Hat CodeReady Containers supports local development and testing on a Red Hat OpenShift cluster. We recently released CodeReady Containers 1.31.2, which is the first version based on the major OpenShift 4.8 release. The CodeReady Containers team doesn’t publicly report our advances on a regular basis, so this article is a good opportunity to learn about the biggest changes to CodeReady Containers during the past several months.

      • Debian Family

        • Armbian 21.08 for Arm boards ships with latest Linux 5.10 LTS

          Armbian provides stable releases every four months, and Armbian 21.08 has just been released offering minimal, server or XFCE, Cinnamon and Budgie desktop Linux 5.10 LTS images for Arm boards, as well as a build system to customize your own image.

          If you’ve been using an Arm SBC that is NOT a Raspberry Pi board, you’ve probably been told to use Armbian, as the community is providing Debian and Ubuntu images for over 100 Arm boards that are either “Supported”, “WIP” (suitable for testing), or “CSC” (no official support, aka you’re on your own).

        • Sparky news 2021/08

          The 8th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2021:
          – Linux kernel updated up to version 5.14.0
          – Added to repos: Cinerella video editor, Gammy screen brightness/temperature tool, Pinta graphics editor, Ulauncher
          – Sparky 6.0 “Po Tolo” released
          – new repos of Sparky 7 “Orion Belt” (next stable; semi-rolling/testing now) created

          Many thanks to all of you for supporting our open-source projects. Your donations help keeping them alive.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Linux Mint Monthly News – August 2021

          Many thanks to all of you for your support and for your donations.

          New website

          The new website which design was presented last month is now 75% finished. The vast majority of pages were written. Work continues on the logos, the font contrast and addressing the remaining issues.

          You can follow our progress on this project at https://github.com/linuxmint/website-wizixo/issues/31.

          We’ll deploy it on our server this month and transition our current website towards it.

        • Linux Lite 5.6 Released: Here’s What’s New

          The first release candidate for Linux Lite 5.6 came out back in July. After a long wait, the stable release of the same is out now, and it brings a bunch of new features and improvements.

          For starters, Linux Lite is a distribution that’s targeted at an audience with ancient PCs. Thanks to its lightweight nature, it can run on almost any ancient computer.

          Linux Lite 5.6: What’s New?

          The release includes an updated Help Manual for beginners. Apart from that, the Papirus icon theme has been updated.

          Two new features have been added to Lite Tweaks. A new model called “Pay what you want” has been introduced.

        • Linux Lite 5.6 Introduces ‘Pay what You Want’ Digital Download Model

          Linux Lite 5.6, based on the recently released Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS is now available for download. Here’s what’s new.

          Linux Lite is based on Ubuntu and comes with a super lightweight Xfce desktop environment. It is specifically developed to ease Windows users and more precisely those with old machines into the world of Linux.

          As the name symbolizes, this is a very lightweight Linux distribution which is easy to run on ancient hardware as well. It requires both a 1.5GHz processor and at least 1GB of RAM to run smoothly.

          Today, Linux Lite 5.6 finally becomes available, and it is based on Ubuntu 20.04.3. Because this is a maintenance release, the updates are somewhat minimal.

        • Cybersecurity with Ubuntu | Ubuntu

          The cybersecurity state of affairs can be described as too complex today. There is an enormous number of threats endangering sensitive data for the average IT team to cope with. Threats ranging from exposure of physical assets stored in an office, to “social engineering” attacks resulting in unauthorized access, or even threats that exploit obscure software vulnerabilities. Irrespective of the threat vector used in an attack, the result of a data breach can be severe; in the Colonial pipeline case operations were seriously compromised, while on an Airline hack private data and credit card information of 3.5 million customers were exposed. Despite the complex landscape and the high visibility attacks, a fraction of all organizations suffer data breaches, with some having adapted to the landscape better than others.

        • Ubuntu Blog: Open source telecom quarterly – new format

          Scale and complexity brings similar challenges, big or small. Hybrid cloud, public cloud, on-prem only large datacenter or highly distributed infrastructure are all on the radar of telecom service providers. In order to meet any current or future use-cases, from OpenRAN, next generation Core (5G and beyond) or AI at the edge you need to stay up to date with the latest technology. Most of them are now coming from the open source world and as Canonical we want to make it consumable for enterprises. In this podcast/videocast you will learn the latest news from telecom space, with experts’ commentary and explanation so that you can efficiently drive innovation in your company.

          We are working on multiple projects with our customers and want to bring some insights to the wider community. It’s also an opportunity to get your questions answered, feel free to post them on our social media with hashtag #opensourcetelco .

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • MailSlurper: a lightweight open-source email server and client

        MailSlurper is a lightweight SMTP mail server and a client solution for geeks, teams, developers and hackers.

        It offers a responsive user-interface which works smoothly on desktop browsers as well as small screen navigators.

        MailSlurper is developed by Adam Presley who generously released it to the world for free as an open-source project.

      • Apache Month in Review: August 2021

        Welcome to the latest monthly overview of events from the Apache community. Here’s a summary of what happened in August…

      • Events

        • Introducing UbuCon Asia 2021: The First Ubuntu Conference in Asia | Ubuntu

          UbuCon or Ubuntu Conference is an event organized by the Ubuntu Communities. This event is for everyone who is involved and interested in Ubuntu, Linux, and other Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) technologies. This year, UbuCon Asia will be held and organized by Ubuntu Communities and FOSS communities in Asia. UbuCon Asia is also a place for Ubuntu people from Asia to connect, learn, and share their knowledge with each other.

        • LibreOffice Conference 2021

          LibreOffice Conference will open on September 23 at noon CEST and will close on September 25 at 5:30PM CEST. The schedule has been finalized, and is available at the following link: https://events.documentfoundation.org/libocon2021/schedule/. Of course, we may have last minute changes until September 12, when the schedule will be frozen. Sometime after that date, the schedule will also be available on Android mobiles (we will announce the availability of the app on Google Play and F-Droid in due time).

        • Linaro Virtual Connect – Fall 2021

          September’s busy conference schedule kicks off next week with the Fall edition of Linaro Virtual Connect. Join us for a look at how to master your PipeWire streams with WirePlumber, and de-mystify GFX virtualization with VirGL!

          Taking place entirely online from September 8-10, the event “brings together developers and maintainers of both hardware and software to discuss and learn about the leading software topics, challenges and opportunities in the Arm Ecosystem today”.

          Among the 70+ technical keynotes and sessions are two from Collabora’s George Kiagiadakis and Gert Wollny! Here’s a look at what they will be discussing.

      • Web Browsers

        • Chromium

          • Google finally makes tabs better in Chrome

            Google Chrome users will see a new update available in the form of version 93, bringing more refinements to tab groups while dropping support for Ubuntu 16.04.

            While there’s smaller features coming to Chrome in this update, there’s welcome changes that make it even easier to manage tabs, alongside a new context menu on iOS.

            However, with browsers such as Opera appearing on Google’s own Chrome OS operating system for Chromebooks, ready for students to use, it’s time for Google to see whether Chrome’s reputation for being a battery hog can finally be vanquished.

          • Why I Suddenly Deleted Google Chrome Years Ago – Invidious

            Recently Google Chrome ran a test for their new privacy friendly user tracking known as FLoC or federated cohort of learning shich certainly doesn’t make browser fingerprinting vastly easier.

        • Mozilla

          • Mozilla VPN Completes Independent Security Audit by Cure53 [Ed: Sort of misses the point. So who handles this data of Firefox users? ]

            Today, Mozilla published an independent security audit of its Mozilla VPN, which provides encryption and device-level protection of your connection and information when you are on the Web, from Cure53, an unbiased cybersecurity firm based in Berlin with more than 15 years of running software testing and code auditing. Mozilla periodically works with third-party organizations to complement our internal security programs and help improve the overall security of our products. During the independent audit, there were two medium and one high severity issues that were discovered. We have addressed these in this blog post and published the security audit report.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • PostgreSQL: Install a local, non-root PostgreSQL Server with Python “pip”

          I’d like to announce the first release of postgresql-wheel, a Python package containing an entire compiled PostgreSQL server in a single pip installable file.

        • PostgreSQL: Psycopg 3.0 beta 1 released!

          We are immensely proud to release on PyPI the first beta package of Psycopg 3!

          Psycopg 3 is a complete rewrite of Psycopg 2, maintaining the same fundamental libpq wrapper architecture and DB-API interface design, but exposing new features to better work with the newer versions of Python and PostgreSQL.

          On the Python side, Psycopg 3 allows the use of asyncio-based concurrency and static typing. Many improvement to the Python interface make the library much simpler and more idiomatic to use,

          On the PostgreSQL side, Psycopg 3 makes use of server-side parameters, prepared statements, binary parameters, and great support for COPY operations.

          But the most outstanding feature of the project is not a technical one: Psycopg 3 was made possible by the great generosity of many sponsors, who have funded the development of the project. Among the many backers, we are especially grateful to Postgres Professional and Command Prompt, Inc, which have given the most outstanding support. But many other companies and individuals, each one in their capacity, have shown concrete support for free software development and progress. We sincerely hope that you will find this work useful and that you will feel proud for having contributed to it.

        • PostgreSQL Weekly News – August 29, 2021

          pg_dbms_job 1.0.1, an extension to create, manage and use Oracle-style DBMS_JOB scheduled jobs, released.

          dbMigration .NET v14.4, a database migration and sync tool, released.

          WAL-G 1.1 a backup management system for PostgreSQL and other databases written in Go, released.

          pglogical 2.4.0, a logical-WAL-based replication system for PostgreSQL, released.

          Crunchy PostgreSQL Operator 5.0.0, a system for deploying and managing open source PostgreSQL clusters on Kubernetes, released.

          set_user 2.0.1, an extension allowing privilege escalation with enhanced logging and control, released

          AGE 0.5.0, a PostgreSQL extension that provides graph database functionality, released

          pg_msvc_generator 1.0.0 beta, a tool for making Windows versions of extensions, released.

        • PostgreSQL: pg_dbms_job v1.1.0 has been released

          pg_dbms_job is a PostgreSQL extension to create, manage and use Oracle-style DBMS_JOB scheduled job. The use and behavior is just like with the DBMS_JOB Oracle package.

          pg_dbms_job v1.1.0 has been released, this is a maintenance release to fix some possible wrong behaviors, give control over other ones and improve the documentation.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • LibreOffice 7.2 review – A turning point?

          What can I say? LibreOffice 7.2 feels better than its predecessor, but then, it feels like an entirely self-made situation. You have a sub-par release, with lots of bugs and problems, so when these get fixed in a new version, one can perceive these as progress or improvement. Which is true, but it also doesn’t take away from the fact none of these issues should have existed in the first place.

          The new suite does bring some goodies to the table – better Microsoft format support, more visual consistency. However, it’s also significantly more sluggish, and the support for the non-native formats is average at best. You may be lucky and get a file to display correctly, after a while, or it may look totally messed up. These aren’t strong selling points, I must say. Do they give me the functionality I need, and thus independence from Microsoft Office? Nope. Quite the opposite. Overall, LibreOffice 7.2 is okay, and I’d like to hope it will be an upward trajectory from here on. But the road to where it needs to be – providing an ubiquitous solution to everyday office requirements – is long and twisty. And thus we conclude this article.

        • ONLYOFFICE Docs 6.4 Arrives with New Scaling Options

          The popular open source office suite ONLYOFFICE Docs 6.4 is now available for the download. Here’s what’s new.

          We all have used Microsoft Office at some point in our lives. Fortunately, there are various free and open-source alternatives available. Among these is ONLYOFFICE, which is a business-class productivity platform designed for internal team collaboration. It is great application which includes three of the most widely used editors:

      • CMS

        • Kiwi TCMS: Win 6 SUPERFAN tickets for HackConf 2021

          HackConf is one of the premium developer conferences in Bulgaria. Over the years Kiwi TCMS and HackConf have collaborated multiple times and our history goes way back to before the first edition of the conference! We’re happy to announce that Kiwi TCMS will be giving away 6 SUPERFAN tickets for HackConf 2021 in order to celebrate their 6th anniversary!

        • shellCMS now has external CSS file

          A limitation is that the static web pages are built with inline CSS, so if I want to change the CSS then have to regenerate all of the pages. Ditto, there is some text at the footer of each page that I would like to separate out to another file, so can change if desired and not have to rebuild all the pages.

      • FSF

        • August GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: 13 new GNU releases!

          13 new GNU releases in the last month (as of August 29, 2021):

        • Bash Echo Command Explained With Examples In Linux

          As a beginner when you start working with Bash scripts, the first command you will probably learn and use is the echo command. You can think of bash echo command something similar to the print command in other programming languages. The echo command is a bash built-in and its purpose is to print the output to stdout (i.e. Terminal).

      • Programming/Development

  • Leftovers

    • ‘You remind me of my mom’: How older workers get sidelined in tech

      One day after work, Karen Wickre’s colleagues at Google headed out for a night of karaoke. But that was the last thing she wanted to do.

      It wasn’t because she didn’t think it sounded like fun — it would give her a chance to get to know her co-workers, and socializing after work is still technically work. But Wickre was one of the oldest on her team, and her idea of fun just wasn’t the same as theirs.

      “I did go along and was a good sport about it — and looked forward to it being over,” she said jokingly. But Wickre added that management should be careful about sanctioned post-work “fun,” since a lot of it isn’t very inclusive. “There might be single moms who can’t stay after work, or somebody with a disability who can’t do whatever the fun physical game is.”

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • My T-Mobile Home Internet device arrived today. Comcrap gets the boot. (It’s Comcrapstic!)

        Well, it’s been a week since my landlord weed whacked my Comcast line.

        He said I could have them fix it but he’d remove it again if he didn’t like how they put it back in, so instead of escalating the argument, I decided to let it go and get T-Mobile’s home internet plan.

        Even in my basement apartment, I’m able to get a 3/5 bar signal strength and RSRP of 100-102 at what appears to be the ideal part of my basement apartment, which is in the middle of the picture window. I checked with both the device and my cell phone, which is also using T-Mobile, to scout out various areas of my home, to see if there were any surprises. Hell, if I could make it go a little faster by planting it on the refrigerator, I would… Alas, T-Mobile was correct that the optimal spot is somewhere in or near a window.

        On promo, they offered home internet for $50 a month, equipment included, with a promise that the cost would never go up for the life of the account. They said it was for the “inconvenience” of having to wait a while for my modem to ship, but in the end it only took 6 days from placing the order to getting their “trash can” modem, made by Nokia apparently. (Trash can is what people on Reddit call it, because it looks a lot like those trash can Mac Pros.)


        Meanwhile, Google uses a DRM called Widevine. You notice a pattern with the Sandvines and the Widevines. They’re like kudzu vines for the internet. A noxious, pestilent weed that insists on killing the entire forest until nothing can ever grow there again. Such is the modern web.

        I went and stood in line to return Comcast’s “free” Flex streaming box to avoid a “$500 fee” on my last bill (when everyone has a streaming box for $30-50.). It wasn’t even good and the power management on it sucked. It never even turned itself off, so it would just keep playing even if the TV went off, and it would sit there using at least enough juice to stay warm all the time. Bet that’s great for their carbon footprint.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Chairman Preparatory Committee is hopeful start Unified Patent Court will not be delayed by Brexit complications [Ed: Chronic liar [1, 2] gets yet more puff pieces from “Kluwer Patent blogger” (probably Bristows, i.e. Team UPC)]

          Recruitment of judges and top officials of the Unified Patent Court, training of staff and work on the CMS are some of the tasks that lay ahead now that the Period of Provisional Application of the UPC is approaching. Alexander Ramsay, chairman of the UPC Preparatory Committee, has said this in an interview with Kluwer IP Law. Ramsay said that the problems which have risen due to the Brexit need to be dealt with by the State Parties in accordance with international law. He is “hopeful that this can be done in a pragmatic way that will avoid any further delay.”

        • Made in Düsseldorf and Munich: the quest for reliability [Ed: Journalism or PR/advertising? It's worth noting that over 90% of the "media" which covers patents is hijacked, captured, infiltrated by the patent litigation 'industry' and monopolists that are the largest clients, treating lawsuits like "good business" and patents like "public goods".]

          It was not just a question of sucession. This week, Bérénice Thom was appointed presiding judge of Patent Chamber 4a. She follows Tim Crummenerl, after his move to the Federal Court of Justice in April. The three presiding judges of Düsseldorf Regional Court’s patent chambers used Thom’s appointment to make a clear statement. From now on, proceedings will no longer differ between the three chambers.

          “We can do without the early first hearing for economic and ecological reasons,” says Daniel Voss, presiding judge of Chamber 4b, in an interview with JUVE Patent. “We want uniform procedural management of all three patent chambers.” Unlike in the Munich Procedure, for example, judges and parties used this hearing to clarify administrative rather than substantive issues. In future, the proceedings are to be uniformly faster and more efficient. Abolishing this early hearing means lawyers will have one less hearing to attend. The court has thereby responded to a frequently expressed wish from the legal community.


          It also speaks volumes that Munich is the only German first-instance patent court to see an increase in filings. As a result, the court recently established a third patent chamber.

        • User survey on oral proceedings by VICO in opposition [Ed: Only after EPO management broke the law and attacked the courts it bothers asking what people think about it. It’s like EPO “Mafia” basically asks, “hey, we’ve managed to attack the courts into saying OK to what’s illegal. How do you like that, folks?”]

          Today the EPO is launching a user survey on its pilot project for oral proceedings by videoconference (VICO) before EPO opposition divisions. You can submit your comments in English, French or German until 30 September 2021.

          Gathering feedback from the patent profession and other users has proven crucial to the success of the pilot project to date. So we sincerely hope you will take this opportunity to share your experiences of oral proceedings by VICO in opposition to date and your expectations.

          The pilot project was launched back in May 2020. Since 1 January 2021, when the consent of all parties was no longer required for oral proceedings to be held by VICO in opposition, over 2 300 proceedings have taken place online.

      • Trademarks

        • Turkish Patent And Trademark Office No Longer Allows Recording A Representative To IR Applications

          Turkish Patent and Trademark Office’s (“TPTO”) online system no longer allows recording a trademark attorney as a representative to the IR applications designated to Turkey. The applicants are still going to be represented by trademark attorneys during the course of opposition and other proceedings; however, the communication on the IR applications is going to be carried through WIPO.

          Industrial Property Law numbered 6769 (“IP Law”) introduced a non-use defense tool within the scope of opposition proceedings. In opposition proceedings based on similarity, where the opponent’s trademark has been registered for at least five years, TPTO is entitled to ask (at the applicant’s request) for proof of the use, as of the filing date or date of priority of the later trademark application. The applicant is required to raise this defense by filing a response against the opposition within one month that follows the notification on the opposition. Non-use defense can only be raised at this phase and not responding the opposition causes loss of the right of raising this defense.

        • Appointed Person considers status of international trade marks in the UK post BREXIT

          In an interesting decision (O/557/21) rendered following an appeal against a decision of an Hearing Officer of the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO), the Appointed Person upheld the Hearing Officer’s decision ((O/474/20) and declared the appellant’s trade mark invalid on the basis of a likelihood of confusion between the marks at issue. In particular, the declaration of invalidity could be based on a prior international trade mark, even if the decision concerning the declaration of invalidity was given after the United Kingdom had left the European Union. The Appointed Person also considered that the goods in question (therapeutic blankets) were similar to bedding blankets.


          The appellant had submitted that the Hearing Officer should have found that the goods covered by Gravity Products LLC’s mark were dissimilar to those covered by the earlier trade marks, rather than considering that they possessed a medium degree of similarity.

          The question before the Appointed Person was whether a therapeutic blanket was similar to straightforward bedding used to cover a bed and keep a person warm. The Hearing Officer had highlighted the different purposes to which the two goods would be put (therapeutic rather than bed covering) and the fact that the therapeutic blankets might have additional properties and be made of different materials. The Hearing Officer had also held that there would be different trade channels. She had further suggested that users of the goods were likely to overlap, in that both types of blankets could be used by members of the general public but that they were not in competition or complimentary to each other.

          The Appointed Person considered that the Hearing Officer had gone too far: a “conventional” blanket could never serve as a substitute for a weighted blanket. Where a weighted blanket was used, it would be used instead of a conventional bed covering. For instance, if a weighted blanket was added to an existing blanket arrangement at least one of the conventional blankets would be removed; that is, it would have been replaced by the weighted blanket. Accordingly, there is some competition between the goods even if it is limited and only going one way. This means, in respect of this factor, that the similarity would be slightly greater between the goods than suggested by the Hearing Officer.

          All this said, the Appointed Person concluded that the Hearing Officer had considered the right factors and her factual assessments were sound as she had assessed the distinctions made by the appellant in relation to the differences between the goods. Accordingly, the Hearing Officer was entitled to reach the conclusion that she did. The appeal was thus dismissed.

        • IPKat in conversation with Mr. Daren Tang, Director General of WIPO: “We are on the cusp of something different”

          Mr. Tang—Yes, IPOS looks at IP not simply from the legal point of view, which is important, of course, but from a broader perspective. The ultimate purpose of IP is to change people’s lives for the better, help people grow their businesses, improve society, and contribute to national economic development.

          Stated otherwise, we wanted to connect IP to the greater ecosystem, of which it is a part. Maybe this view reflects my background as an economist masquerading as a lawyer, where I chaired the IP aspects of several multilateral trade negotiations. There, I saw how more and more countries see the connection between IP and commerce and finance more broadly, and to look to IP as an important engine of social and economic growth.


          Mr. Tang– Overall, the reaction has been positive, both at WIPO and among its member states. When I was on the road during the selection process for the new Director General, I was struck by the positive reaction to the call to take WIPO to a broader audience and make it more relevant in our daily lives, in addition to the excellent work that it does at the more technical level of IP rights.

          Ultimately, what helps make WIPO more relevant will be exciting for the organization and its members. The challenge is how to implement this vision of IP on the ground to these broader audiences.

        • Polish companies willingly protect trademarks and industrial designs in the European Union [Ed: In 2021, instead of journalism we have lawyers editorialising their marketing pitch and we're supposed to think we're being informed]

          Despite the pandemic, statistics from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) indicate a growing interest in the EU trademark and industrial design protection system. In 2020, the EUIPO received 176,987 applications for EU trademark (EUTM), which is a record number and an increase of more than 10% compared to 2019. In the case of community designs (RCDs), the annual increase in the number of applications was at a lower level – 3.62%, with 111,598 applications in 2020.

[Meme] When Everything is Basically Rigged…

Posted in Europe, Patents at 4:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Posted in IP Kat a few days ago: “I completely agree with you. It is a disaster how the EPO is doing things these past years…”

What do you mean you lost the case? Go find it!

Summary: With totally rigged appointments and even rigged courts it’s hardly surprising that the EPO has been going down the drain

The Linux Foundation is Exploiting COVID-19 to Take Away Human Rights and Profit Even More From Surveillance

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 12:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum df1eab041019ea0ef07ceb44622b728b

Summary: The ‘mission creep’ at the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation is a threat to privacy and as long as it sells Board seats to companies like Microsoft we need to highlight some of the lesser-explored scandals (in controversial areas nobody wishes to touch)

TODAY we go through a rather difficult subject and we focus upfront on the fact that this isn't about vaccination. We go through the Linux Foundation‘s Web site and mention similar press releases, focusing on the actual scandal (not what a certain Lunduke says). To make it harder to take things out of context we’ll refrain from any further comment in text and instead cite this morning's post and Richard Stallman's stance; it is related to the war on cash and it is a reminder that laws and regulations can be passed for one stated reason while serving some other purpose.

António ‘Gap’ Campinos Explains His Plan to Indoctrinate/Brainwash the Public About So-called ‘IP’ (Misleading, Vague Term, Also a Deliberate Misnomer)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Intellectual Monopoly, Patents, Videos at 11:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“It has become fashionable to toss copyright, patents, and trademarks—three separate and different entities involving three separate and different sets of laws—plus a dozen other laws into one pot and call it “intellectual property”. The distorting and confusing term did not become common by accident. Companies that gain from the confusion promoted it. The clearest way out of the confusion is to reject the term entirely. “

Richard M. Stallman

2014 Tony:

Video download link

2013 Tony:

Video download link

Summary: António Campinos, back then at OHIM/EUIPO, is talking the typical propaganda about “IPR-intensive industries” (joint propaganda with Benoît ‘Vichy’ Battistelli and a convenient lie we’ve remarked on many times in past years); he also works on perception manipulation, just like large corporations are using schools or schoolteachers to brainwash children for Hollywood, using grossly misapplied words like “piracy” (Campinos uses that word in the interview). We’ve noticed that he keeps talking about “gap”, even several times in succession; not much has changed since [1, 2] (Gap-pinos).

It’s a Big Club

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 2a980242c00780d59eee206fa7bca83b

Celebrating patents in EstoniaSummary: A video to accompany part 10 of the ongoing series (EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States)

THE video above was recorded shortly after publishing part 10 in the series about the EPO cabal, arranging top-level jobs and basically distributing EPO salaries (6-figure and tax-exempted) to friends and loyalists of Benoît Battistelli, António Campinos and various cohorts of theirs. We’ve ended up with a patent office, the largest of its kind in Europe, that just grants patents on all sorts of things (including European software patents) and then besieges its administrative tribunals to ensure they always nod approvingly. Tomorrow we’ll publish part 11, which will show more of these same abuses or an elaborate coup.

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