09.28.17

Battistelli’s Club Med at the EPO – Part II: António Campinos, Benoît Battistelli and the Angolan Connection

Posted in Africa, Europe, Patents at 1:56 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

UIMP Campinos

Summary: Background information about the recent trend towards “validation agreements” with non-European developing countries

A FEW hours ago the EPO retweeted this Adams & Adams tweet which says: “During its annual Africa IP Network Week, the firm co-hosted the Africa Patent Examination Summit with @EPOorg.”

“During Battistelli’s term of office the EPO has been busy concluding so-called “validation agreements” with developing countries outside of Europe.”Now is therefore a good time to continue our series (see part 1) about Battistelli’s ‘Club Med’ at the EPO.

The research team has been exploring some possible connections which were suggested by the EPO’s recent “validation agreements” with developing countries such as Angola (but not limited to it). The following text is focused on the EPO validation agreement with Angola, whose background will probably be explained in future posts (beyond this series).


During Battistelli’s term of office the EPO has been busy concluding so-called “validation agreements” with developing countries outside of Europe. The “patent industry” has praised these efforts as an example of “thinking outside the confines of the continental map” and has touted them as “a game changer for European patent applicants”.

“By a strange coincidence most of the validation agreements so far have been with former French colonies or protectorates such as Morocco, Tunisia, Cambodia and Laos.”The stated objectives of these agreements are to enhance the technical capacities of national patent offices and improve their ability to raise patent awareness among national innovators.

By a strange coincidence most of the validation agreements so far have been with former French colonies or protectorates such as Morocco, Tunisia, Cambodia and Laos.

More recently it has been noticed that Battistelli appears to be intent on expanding the scope of his global mission.

“Shortly afterwards, Mr. Camati travelled to Lisbon where he paid a visit to the Portuguese National Intellectual Property (INPI) and was received by the INPI Director-General, Mrs. Leonor Trindade, who is reputed to be a loyal supporter of Battestelli on the EPO’s Administrative Council.”In May 2017 a bilateral co-operation agreement was signed with Angola (epo.org link) when the Director-General of the Institute of Industrial Property of Angola (IAPI), Mr Dário Camati, visited the EPO headquarters in Munich.

Shortly afterwards, Mr. Camati travelled to Lisbon where he paid a visit to the Portuguese National Intellectual Property (INPI) and was received by the INPI Director-General, Mrs. Leonor Trindade, who is reputed to be a loyal supporter of Battestelli on the EPO’s Administrative Council.

Further research into these matters and into Angolan-Portuguese connections and domestic Portuguese politics has led to a number of interesting insights. Part III will be published soon.

09.24.17

Battistelli’s Club Med at the EPO – Part I: EPO Validation Agreement With Angola

Posted in Africa, Europe, Patents at 10:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

From Friday:

Angola EPO

Summary: A series contemplating Benoît Battistelli’s sudden interest in Angola, a country with no European Patents but plenty of connections to António Campinos

TODAY, on a Sunday, we begin a long new series about the EPO. The timing seems perfect.

The minutes of the June 2017 meeting of the EPO Administrative Council confirm that Battistelli has been authorised to open negotiations on a validation agreement with Angola (dated Friday). It’s the favourite day for the EPO to dump some words (e.g. in the intranet) or formal documents it prefers not to get noticed. There are already internal jokes about those Friday ‘spills’… always check what’s being buried and where/why.

“There are already internal jokes about those Friday ‘spills’… always check what’s being buried and where/why.”The EPO’s new relationship with Angola is rather predictable; we wrote about the photo-ops before. Why Angola? It is not, after all, a former French colony. An HTML version of the validation agreement concluded with Tunisia in 2012 is now available for future comparisons. Remember that Angola is a former colony of Portugal and António Campinos is set up (or groomed) to become Battistelli’s successor, as we noted yesterday. Campinos is a dual French/Portugese national and his father, Joaquim Jorge de Pinho Campinos, was born in Lobito (Angola).

Does Angola really matter for the EPO? The numbers (of lack thereof) speak for themselves:

Angola EPO, no patents

It’s not hard to see why it’s tempting to suspect a political aspect to all of this. Prepare for some rather embarrassing things (for António Campinos and Benoît Battistelli) to be shown over the coming weeks.

06.11.17

No More Battistelli Photo Ops With Michelle Lee as EPO Allies Run Out, Countries Without European Patents Pursued Instead

Posted in Africa, Europe, Patents at 3:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EPO in Angola

Summary: Desperate for some sense of legitimacy, Battistelli travels far and obtains ‘trophies’ from countries that are irrelevant to the EPO while his few remaining allies quit their jobs

THE EPO is running out of allies. It’s running out of allies pretty fast as it’s widely recognised that it’s run by a bunch of crooks. No person in this field has overlooked all the negative media coverage. Nobody. People have noticed just how few high-level officials even pose for photos with Benoît Battistelli these days. It’s not a coincidence. The same is true (to some degree) about the US President…

“People have noticed just how few high-level officials even pose for photos with Benoît Battistelli these days.”Battistelli’s allies mostly come from countries that are notorious for human rights violations, e.g. China the other day (promoted in Twitter via this and that). In some ways, the EPO is becoming SIPO and is mimicking Chinese (infamously low) standards for patenting. This isn’t what Europe needs; it’s what Europe needs to compete with.

More interesting, however, was this tweet from the USPTO (June 1st), headed at the time by a Director of Chinese descent. Mr. Klutz, the clown who facilitates the authoritarian regime of Battistelli, is in there (in the photos) and the USPTO wrote: “Commemorating 10 years of cooperation, @EPOorg, @JPO_JPN, @KIPOworld_en, SIPO, and #USPTO sign the IP5 Joint Statement today, June 1.”

“In some ways, the EPO is becoming SIPO and is mimicking Chinese (infamously low) standards for patenting.”Well, here we can see Michelle Lee touching Battistelli’s hands. It will be the last time. Here is the corresponding puff piece from the EPO (warning: epo.org link) and Battistelli’s immature brag in his ‘blog’. (warning: epo.org link)

What he probably did not know at the time is that Lee was about to leave. Days later she did. Abruptly even.

“We shall see if the Trump administration puts an utterly corrupt man like Rader in charge of the USPTO.”We first found out about it when a reader mailed us USPTO director Michelle Lee has resigned without warning. It correctly noted (as we did at the time) that “[i]n April, more than 50 companies, including Facebook and Cisco, sent a letter to President Trump asking him to keep Lee on board, believing the office would apply stricter standards to technology and software patents under her leadership.”

It didn’t take long for this news to spread [1, 2] through the mainstream media and many cited the above report (the first we saw). “According to Arstechnica.com,” one site said a few days ago, “major technology companies asked President Trump to keep Michelle Lee on board, believing the former Google executive would applying stricter standards to technology and software patents under her leadership.”

“As the number of applications from the US declines (the EPO tried to hide it) we can expect the EPO to become more like China and appeal to the Chinese, not the Americans.”Indeed, this departure wasn’t expected. The media makes it seem as though it was her decision to step down, albeit she was possibly pushed out. We shall see if the Trump administration puts an utterly corrupt man like Rader in charge of the USPTO. The USPTO had a good leader, but she is moving on. It’s the EPO that should oust/drive out the head, not the USPTO. We believe, based on our heavy coverage on the matter (over a dozen articles about it), that Lee was pushed out by thugs who started a witch-hunt against her. MIP says that “USPTO associate solicitor Joseph Matal has taken over her duties” and Lee’s foes (and supporters of the corrupt Rader as her successor) say “an acting successor has not been named. However, Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld was being touted by some DC observers as the likely choice, given that current deputy Director Anthony Scardino doesn’t have a background in IP.”

So… not Rader. What a relief.

These foes of Lee also said: “The battle to succeed Lee will be unlike anything we’ve seen before at the USPTO. The stakes are very high. [] The USPTO director can change rules relating to PTAB & rework examination guidelines. BigTech will be desperate to ensure neither happens.”

The LA Times covered it as follows:

America’s top patent and trademark official has abruptly resigned from her post.

Michelle Lee, who has been director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for more than two years, submitted a letter of resignation Tuesday afternoon.

“I am confident that the leadership team in place will serve you well during this transition,” Lee wrote in an agency-wide memo to staff.

How does that matter to the EPO? Simple. As the number of applications from the US declines (the EPO tried to hide it) we can expect the EPO to become more like China and appeal to the Chinese, not the Americans. The EPO is stretching and leaning to the bottom.

“Angola received not a even a single European Patent last year, but Benoît Battistelli and Klutz do a business trip to Angola.”Benoît Battistelli, for example, goes to a photo ops expedition in Angola. Yes, that’s right. Angola! Which Battistelli's old 'boss', Nicolas Sarkozy, also strategically visited. All one needs to know is that Angola is totally irrelevant to the EPO (no patents granted) and this EPO puff piece (warning: epo.org link) about the visit demonstrates nothing but a waste of money on Battistelli and his bodyguards (Klutz is there too). When will Benoît Battistelli and his right-hand man Klutz go to Zimbabwe for ‘recognition’ from Mugabe? He too enjoys an above-the-law status. Maybe they can share some experiences about how to crush people…

Angola received not a even a single European Patent last year, but Benoît Battistelli and Klutz do a business trip to Angola. That says a lot, does it not? Might as well be a trip for leisure, disguised as “for business”… there are safaris in Angola.

The irony should not be missed. In relation to the two terror attacks in England, Battistelli has of course not missed the opportunity for political exploitation. Here is the exploitation of Manchester and the exploitation of London (warning: two epo.org links). Again, in relation to terror, the EPO says it “believes in an open and inclusive society based on the fundamental principles of freedom, equality and justice.”

“They, Team Battistelli, are once again milking tragedy (with many human victims) to disseminate patently false characterisations of themselves.”Liars.

It takes quite some nerve to say that. They also said: “As an international organisation, we believe in an open and inclusive society based on the fundamental principles of freedom, equality, justice and tolerance. Such attacks will never be able to destroy these principles.”

That makes just about as much sense as Mugabe saying it. It’s beyond laughable. It is deeply offensive. They, Team Battistelli, are once again milking tragedy (with many human victims) to disseminate patently false characterisations of themselves.

03.04.17

Using “China!” and Distortion of Data From Lex Machina, the Litigation Lobby Promotes Software Patents

Posted in Africa, Asia, Deception, Patents at 11:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“The Chinese Are Coming!” (British Empire’s national broadcaster on the weak — and obviously hypocritical — narrative of Chinese ‘imperialism’)

The Chinese Are Coming

Summary: Patents on algorithms are promoted in all sorts of misleading (but familiar) ways, which include bias by omission (cherry-picking), fake economics, distortion of statistics, and possibly xenophobia too (fear of China)

China seems to have become almost a role model or a poster child to Battistelli’s EPO (it wants applications from China at the expense of anything). Quality of patents does not matter to them. Public interests or service don’t matter either, just the profit of some tiny niche of people who make a living out of patents alone. Patent maximalists in the US, likewise, regularly use "China!" as their argument for patent maximalism (Watchtoll, IAM, David Kappos and IBM can’t stop talking about “China!”). It’s troubling because it’s incredibly dishonest and what they are doing is clearly destructive to their nations (not that they are patriots, they are just greedy and self-serving).

Their argument in a nutshell is, if we don’t allow algorithms be to patented, China will “win” — a loose term for simple-minded and careless people like Donald Trump (there are many reports like “Donald Trump stokes foreign policy fears in China”).

“It’s troubling because it’s incredibly dishonest and what they are doing is clearly destructive to their nations (not that they are patriots, they are just greedy and self-serving).”“Good to see that SIPO aligns with the EPO’s “any hardware approach” when it comes to patent-eligibility,” said Bastian Best (very vocal proponent of software patents but not a software developer) the other day. That’s the same man who had also linked to Steve Lundberg’s “patents4software” blog (non-developer speaking ‘on behalf’ of developers [1, 2]). Lundberg says “Kudos to China on Software Patents,” alluding to news which we covered in [1, 2]. They are trying to argue that just because China permits software patenting so should the US, which scales back if not eliminates them.

Jack Ellis, another lobbyist like Lundberg (they are disguised as professionals, but all they do is lobby), has just published this post titled “China relaxes rules on software patentability – and the United States loses more ground”.

Front groups like IAM are using shame tactics against the USPTO. It’s part of that push which we have been writing quite a lot about recently. They also do this in India quite frequently (at least twice in the past week alone).

“Front groups like IAM are using shame tactics against the USPTO.”Ellis says “United States loses more ground,” as if it’s a bad thing to control quality. Ar they really losing by improving their system? IAM’s lobbyists just can’t help but show what they really are. It’s not a news site and it’s just as biased as Techrights, except we in Techrights are not funded by anyone and certainly not selling influence under the guise of ‘journalism’.

Watchtroll was of course all over this too, pushing for software patents under the headline “China relaxing barriers to software, business method patents with revised patent guidelines,” which added business methods to it.

IAM didn’t stop there. The lobbying, which characteristically came out just before the weekend started, intensified even further with gross misinterpretation of data from a group antagonistic towards patent trolls, Lex Machina. See this IAM post titled “Software patents fight back in the US as Federal Circuit decisions begin to influence lower courts” and examine it closely enough. This is mostly fiction from the think tank known as IAM, which misinterprets data for the sake of promoting software patents, as usual.

“IAM is lying/distorting things again, but that’s just its business model.”The core of their argument is CAFC, where it says: “The fall in 101 invalidations at the end of 2016, though, may indicate that a series of decisions last summer by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) including Enfish, Bascom and McRo is beginning to have an effect.”

There were far fewer patent lawsuits in 2016, and fewer people bothered even bringing software patent to courts (after Alice, for obvious reasons). IAM is lying/distorting things again, but that’s just its business model. That’s what many firms are paying it for. It’s their propaganda mill, it’s tasked with perception management, e.g. softening the image of patent trolls.

Writing about the same data as above — albeit without the lobbying (or pseudo-activist) slant — Law 360 said that Lex Machina “tallied the number of patents that courts have invalidated under Alice.” To quote the opening paragraph (most of it is behind paywall anyway):

The national law firms that handled the most patent cases in 2016 includes several big names that were also among the busiest in 2015, according to a new report by Lex Machina, which also tallied the number of patents that courts have invalidated under Alice.

We have repeatedly made the (hopefully compelling) argument that many software patents are now de facto invalid and their holders no longer even bother suing, as they can see the high (and growing) likelihood that legal action would officially turn their patents to dust, leaving these holders with nothing but legal bills. IAM’s conclusion, as put in the headline (to make it into news aggregators) is highly misleading, but that’s what their subscribers pay for. They deposit a small proportion of their income and withdraw influence and warped public perceptions. Some of the misguided clients might be lured into lawsuits that would be lost; only the lawyers would profit.

“We have repeatedly made the (hopefully compelling) argument that many software patents are now de facto invalid and their holders no longer even bother suing, as they can see the high (and growing) likelihood that legal action would officially turn their patents to dust, leaving these holders with nothing but legal bills.”Looking closely at what CAFC has been doing, in 2016 it agreed with PTAB invalidations almost 80% of the time and the same trend continues this year, based on figures that we recently shared here. Law films keep cherry-picking CAFC cases (even old ones, as IAM did above) in order to make it seem as though software patents still have ‘teeth’. Published in a few domains of patent lawyers and other lawyers [1, 2], one such law firm explained “Federal Circuit Rules Software Patent for a User Interface is Patentable Subject Matter,” but if one looks at all the other CAFC cases, then it’s abundantly clear to see that they are just cherry-picking cases and nitpicking reality. Later on we will write about some new cases where software patents are invalided en masse — not something that IAM would touch even with a 5-foot bargepole (bias by omission).

11.20.16

Patent Maximalists Would Have Us Believe That Patent Trolls Are Beneficial and Admirable

Posted in Africa, Asia, Deception, Europe, Patents at 11:28 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Winning by knocking others over?

Bowling

Summary: Assessment of patent systems based on litigation (or “enforcement”) still a misguided yardstick but a glorified theme in the news sites controlled by (and for) the patent ‘industry’

“BEWARE,” AntiSoftwarePat[ents] wrote the other day, “Patent Trolls pretending to be ‘Inventors’ https://www.cta.tech/Policy/Issues/Patent-Reform/Urge-Congress-to-Support-Patent-Reform.aspx … #FixPatents because #PatentsMatter pic.twitter.com/qcdWnTA8v0″

The death of software patents may be already upon us, but now we need to ensure that these patents don’t cross the Atlantic and spawn new patent trolls in Europe. They have already crossed the Pacific and are growingly an issue (even an epidemic) in east Asia. We wrote more about this over the weekend and last weekend; in fact, this has been a recurring theme* here since about 2 months ago. It seems like a runaway issue as while it’s gradually dying out in the US the same symptoms can not been seen elsewhere and the EPO under Battistelli implements or emulates some of the worst aspects of the USPTO, including software patents in Europe.

Managing IP (MIP), in the face of strides against software patents in the US, sets up an event that seems to be promoting a case that helps patent trolls (Halo). To quote this new post about a so-called ‘webinar’ (usually dialogue/monologue with some programme): “Federal Circuit and district court rulings interpreting the Supreme Court’s Halo opinion on enhanced damages were analysed in a webinar presented by Managing IP and Fitzpatrick” (we can envision the content based on the presenters**).

These “enhanced damages” would be mostly applicable to patent trolls (or serial patent tax collectors) and this decision will, without a doubt, embolden some of them to make them more demanding/aggressive in courts. They can broaden the number of victims and the ‘protection money’ extracted from each.

On to a similar topic, Florian Müller revisits FRAND — a subject he used to habitually cover back in his Android-hostile days. This time it’s about automotive companies, namely Daimler and Hyundai. To quote:

About four to five years ago, there was a time when “FRAND Patents” would have been a more suitable name for this blog than “FOSS Patents”: the pursuit of sales and important bans over standard-essential patents (in violation of pledges to license them to all comers on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms), royalty demands far out of the FRAND ballpark and exorbitant damages claims were the three most important symptoms of a huge underlying problem, and I did what I could to shed some light on what was going on and going wrong.

While I’m glad that some of the worst potential consequences were avoided at the time, I have realized that there is some unfinished business in that area. Antitrust settlements and court decisions were helpful. Some of them, such as Judge Posner’s 2012 Apple v. Motorola ruling, were really great. But attempts to abuse FRAND-pledged SEPs are still rampant. Various SEP owners are still seeking injunctions (not in all jurisdictions but definitely in some). Royalty demands and damages claims still appear to be out of line in too many cases.

These patents are problematic for many reasons, especially for Free/Open Source software. To see automotive companies joining this wave is troubling to say the least and now that automotive companies are also patenting the act of driving cars we find this new article which speaks of “Patents Driving Autonomous Car Technology”. To quote a portion: “Autonomous cars is a new Technological leap in the field of transportation. Imagine millions of cars, heavy duty vehicles, ships etc. being driven without drivers which will save a lot of human labor. Also, if such technology makes commuting safe and makes you reach your destination in time with 100% safety, it will save many innocent lives which are lost every year due to human carelessness or negligence while driving.”

There are already some patent trolls in this area, if not the dashboard level (e.g. navigation) then AI.

We continue to worry about patent trolls, about FRAND (or RAND, or SEPs) and of course about software patents, but at the core of these issues we have patent maximalism, or the belief that the more patents exist and are actively enforced against most entities, the better off society will be. See this new article (behind paywall) from IP Watch to witness a symptom of this disease. Called the “Online [Patent] Enforcement Index,” what we have here is “Konstantinos Alexiou [who] created the Index Of Patent Systems Strength, which ranks the effectiveness and efficiency of the patent systems of 49 countries.”

Are people serious about this? Is this what it boils down to? Ranking countries based on patent activity, as if the more means merrier? Totally misguided and dangerously so!
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* Days ago IAM wrote about patent trolls which now operate in Korea, notably “Intellectual Discovery”. To quote somewhat of a background that’s appended to the article: “Intellectual Discovery, on the other hand, saw its CEO Kwang-Jun Kim quit last month amid what he claimed to be a budget crisis at the SPF. Quoted in a feature in the most recent issue of IAM, Kim suggested that Intellectual Discovery would become a fully privately held entity, and that hook-ups with other patent monetisation companies may well be on the cards. “Going private means we would have a little more freedom – we would be able to broaden our horizons, perhaps working with non-Korean operating companies and partnering with other NPEs, if those scenarios are consistent with our strategy and goals,” he told me. The DSS transaction seems to fit this picture pretty well; but it is likely to be one of the last deals to have been done largely on Kim’s watch. Whether the person who steps into his shoes continues along this course remains to be seen.”

** MIP is very pro-plaintiff, as one might expect the messenger of patent law firms to be. Here is its new article about how “Philips and Masimo have ended their long-running dispute over blood oxygen measurement patents” and here is an update from the Eastern District of Texas, where “Medtronic has been ordered to pay $20.4m in damages by an Eastern District of Texas jury for infringing a doctor’s patents related to idiopathic scoliosis treatment” (guess who pockets a lot of this money other than the plaintiff).

08.06.15

Political Battles Over Patent ‘Reform’ in the United States and Tax on Nonexistent Things

Posted in Africa, America, Asia, Patents at 4:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“People naively say to me, ‘If your program is innovative, then won’t you get the patent?’” —Richard Stallman

Writing
Software development is NOT writing English sentences

Summary: Dealing with some of the hard (but soft, or invisible) issues in the US, where patents on abstract things are commonly misused for trolling/blackmail and abstract ideas have state tax associated with them

THE political landscape in the United States makes it increasingly unlikely that the patent system will be reformed in anyone’s favour, only in corporations’ favour (and corporations are not people). It is abundantly clear that the current proposals/bills on the table are unfit for purpose if the goal is really fixing the patent system. We already wrote over a dozen articles about this and today we present some of the latest finds.

“Patents threaten access to vital medicine” says a headline from South Africa, part of BRICS. It looks like South Africa is starting to view things like India does (I is India and S is South Africa in BRICS). Populist nations realise that many patents are unjust or even evil because monopoly is not more important than lives. South Africa and India both disallow patents on software, too.

“Populist nations realise that many patents are unjust or even evil because monopoly is not more important than lives.”What about the US? Well, as we showed three days ago (“GOP Media Deception, Healthwashing Patents”), the healthwashing tactics are being used to curtail and eliminate any potential of a reform. It’s the “PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE” sort of blackmail (if patent reform is passed).

GOP media (i.e. corporations) has played a big role in lobbying against patent reform, but oddly enough, someone called Mytheos Holt, writing in a GOP-leaning site, tackles what’s titled “The Three Dumbest “Conservative” Objections to Patent Reform”. To quote the key argument: “You have to give the enemies of patent reform credit: They do love to hide behind the idea that they’re defending the free market. To hear them tell it, in fact, they’re the only thing standing between America and a lawless jungle where Google and Apple can step on inventors with impunity and then laugh in their faces as the courts’ hands are tied.”

Here is a useful and long list of reform supporters: “Patent reform enjoys a long tradition of intellectual support from a wide range of right-leaning think tanks and advocacy groups. Conservative and libertarian groups that have advocated for patent reform in one form or another include Americans for Tax Reform, the Heartland Institute, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the MercatusCenter, Americans for Prosperity, Frontiers of Freedom, the Independent Institute, the Manhattan Institute, the Mises Institute, Institute for Liberty, Hispanic Leadership Fund, the Institute for Policy Innovation, the Latino Coalition, Independent Women’s Forum, Lincoln Labs,the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for Individual Freedom, American Commitment, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, the Discovery Institute, Generation Opportunity, Citizen Outreach and others.”

With so much support from so many groups, how come there is still no change? See Think Progress with its new article “Why Patent Trolling Is So Hard To Fix”. As Think Progress puts it: “Software developers could have a hard time getting their next big idea patented thanks to new rules the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued, making some inventions, particularly innovative software and medical devices, unpatentable. ”

Think Progress makes it sound like a bad thing. We wrote about this an hour ago and it is definitely good news. It’s why so-called ‘reform’ might not matter after all. It’s already happening owing to the SCOTUS (Alice and § 101).

“It’s a fantasy, and just like all fantasies, sooner or later it will get shattered by reality.”Meanwhile, as revealed by Accounting Today, lobbyists’ media [1, 2], and Wall Street media [1, 2, 3, 4], the US want to introduce a ‘lower’ tax on invisible things, as if that makes any sense at all. The US is taxing immaterial things, ‘stuff’ like mere thoughts. A much later article from lawyers’ media framed this as “Tax Breaks”, stating that “proposed legislation would enable a company to deduct 71 percent of income derived from qualifying IP or 71 percent of their taxable income, if less.”

This helps prove how crazy a system we’re dealing with here, where mere ideas (misleadingly names “property”, the P in “IP” or “IPR”) are treated as taxable and the corporate media now celebrates tax “discounts” on ideas. The Alice case, which tackles a lot of these abstract patents, justifies the common reference to the case: “Alice in Wonderland”. It’s a fantasy, and just like all fantasies, sooner or later it will get shattered by reality. No country in the world deserves such a rubbish patent system.

01.16.14

Interventions Watch: January 2014

Posted in Action, Africa, Asia at 10:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Stories about military interventions (analysis of the present)

Syria and Libya (Weapons)

  • Whose sarin?

    The absence of immediate alarm inside the American intelligence community demonstrates that there was no intelligence about Syrian intentions in the days before the attack. And there are at least two ways the US could have known about it in advance: both were touched on in one of the top secret American intelligence documents that have been made public in recent months by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor.

    On 29 August, the Washington Post published excerpts from the annual budget for all national intelligence programmes, agency by agency, provided by Snowden. In consultation with the Obama administration, the newspaper chose to publish only a slim portion of the 178-page document, which has a classification higher than top secret, but it summarised and published a section dealing with problem areas. One problem area was the gap in coverage targeting Assad’s office. The document said that the NSA’s worldwide electronic eavesdropping facilities had been ‘able to monitor unencrypted communications among senior military officials at the outset of the civil war there’. But it was ‘a vulnerability that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces apparently later recognised’. In other words, the NSA no longer had access to the conversations of the top military leadership in Syria, which would have included crucial communications from Assad, such as orders for a nerve gas attack. (In its public statements since 21 August, the Obama administration has never claimed to have specific information connecting Assad himself to the attack.)

  • Pentagon labeled Benghazi a terrorist attack as Obama administration wavered: newly declassified testimony
  • New York Times Report: CIA-Backed Militias Linked to Benghazi, Libya Attack

    The Times article, based on dozens of interviews in Benghazi, asserts that the attack that killed four Americans, including US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, was carried out by Libyans who had previously been allied with the US government in the 2011 war that overthrew and murdered Gaddafi. Times correspondent David D. Kirkpatrick writes that the attack was not organized by Al Qaeda or any other group from outside Libya, but “by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi.”

Ed: Reports from last year, which are based on leaks, indicated that Benghazi had been used to funnel weapons to Syria. The leak’s coverage started in CNN and as the British press put it, “The television network said that a CIA team was working in an annex near the consulate on a project to supply missiles from Libyan armouries to Syrian rebels.”

PJ Harvey Brings Guests to BBC

  • Julian Assange rails against surveillance on Today programme
  • John Pilger: ‘We Have Been Misled’

    January 05, 2014 “Information Clearing House – When I travelled in Iraq in the 1990s, the two principal Moslem groups, the Shia and Sunni, had their differences but they lived side by side, even intermarried and regarded themselves with pride as Iraqis. There was no Al Qaida, there were no jihadists. We blew all that to bits in 2003 with ‘shock and awe’. And today Sunni and Shia are fighting each other right across the Middle East.

Iraq

Africa

Eastern Tensions

  • China and Philippines: The reasons why a battle for Zhongye (Pag-asa) Island seems unavoidable

    Zhongye (Pag-asa) Island, the second largest in the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands, has an area of 0.33 square km, and is of great strategic significance for China if it wants to control a vast part of the South China Sea that it claims to be its territorial waters.

    As the Island is located roughly in the middle of the area, if China builds an air force and naval base there, it will more easily control the sky and sea in the claimed area.

The “Nazi” Smears and WW2 Recalled

  • Russian Human Rights Report Casts Europe as Land of Nazis and Gay Propaganda
  • Schools Have Become A Playground For Food And Beverage Marketing

    The vast majority of students are exposed to marketing campaigns by food and beverage companies at their schools, usually for unhealthy products, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics.

  • ‘Hitler furious’ at Swedish minister’s satire mishap

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  • From Hollywood to the Headlines: Art Looted by the Nazis Comes to Light

    It is a story with deep roots: The chaos and destruction of World War II left a horribly fragmented cultural world: art lost forever in the confusion or destroyed in battle; art declared “degenerate” and destroyed by Hitler (whose opinions on racial purity were mirrored in his opinions on purity in art); art seized throughout the continent and carted back to Germany; and art stolen from or sold under duress by Jewish collectors. It’s now almost 70 years since the war’s end, but European authorities and the descendants of the original owners of looted art are still attempting to put the pieces back where they belong.

    Close to 1,400 of these missing pieces were found in the home of 80-year-old Cornelius Gurlitt, a recluse who has been painted by the media as tragic, bizarre and potentially culpable. He inherited the art from his father, one of only four art dealers licensed by Hitler’s propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, to purchase and sell “degenerate” art during the war.

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  • Unseen Alfred Hitchcock Holocaust documentary ‘Memory of the Camps’ to be released

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08.08.13

Gates Foundation Expands to Africa to Profit From the World’s Poorest

Posted in Africa, Bill Gates, Patents at 4:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Monsanto Gates Foundation

Summary: The notorious GMO ventures of the world’s richest robber baron expand with the establishment of a new strategic outpost in Nigeria

Gates must be really desperate for more money. 7 billion dollars in gained wealth last year isn’t enough, he wants even more. Who to rob next? How about Africa? We wrote about this topic since the previous decade and covered some evidence highlighting how it’s all arranged. See for instance:

In a PR and grooming piece for Renee Kaufer from the Gates Foundation it is being revealed that “since December as our Africa offices are only now opening.”

“We are seeing the (re)occupation of Africa, but the corporate press does almost nothing to highlight these simple facts.”We warned about this last month and now it goes forward, promoting GMO (which Gates invests in). To quote: “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to establish a biotechnology lab in Nigeria which will help improve the countries biotechnology capacity for crop improvement. This was revealed by Professor Ivan Ingelbrecht of Ghent University, Belgium, who visited the country on behalf of the Gates Foundation and met with the Nigerian Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Ita Okon Bassey Ewa.”

They are very careful not to say “GMO”, but it’s obvious based on the context. Well, it’s all about return for investment, or simply a case of profiteering (Gates is hiring VCs for key role along with PR people, trying to exploit women’s rights for sentimental blackmail). Remember that this foundation also has peripheral PR agencies (not just Waggener Edstrom), which generate spin and control the press, panels, etc. (Gates has already bribed the largest African news site and taken groups like AGRA into his control through moles). Quietly but surely it is getting worse for African farmers, who will be indebted to some monopoly based in another continent (Monsanto). We are seeing the (re)occupation of Africa, but the corporate press does almost nothing to highlight these simple facts.

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