Throwing everything that’s left (time and money) at the problem in order to throw democracy away and thwart the law
Summary: The lack of respect for the law, for democracy and for patent scope (quality control) at the European Patent Office has become incredibly difficult to ignore
SOFTWARE patents promotion at the EPO has gotten so bad that it was done twice in one single day. Their official and verified account said “This e-course teaches you all about the patentability of computer-implemented inventions at the EPO” and also said “We will be discussing practice & jurisprudence in software-related patents in Europe & India at this event” (as a reminder, software patents are verboten both in India and in Europe).
“The EPC and the European Parliament are against this, but evidently, under Battistelli in particular, patent scope is out of control and this kind of overt lobbying has become routine.”This was done again for the third time within 24 hours. The EPO openly promotes loopholes for patenting software. The nerve…
It’s a repeat of the above: “This e-course teaches you all about the patentability of computer-implemented inventions at the EPO…” (link to the EPO’s Web site).
Why does this matter? The EPC and the European Parliament are against this, but evidently, under Battistelli in particular, patent scope is out of control and this kind of overt lobbying has become routine. It’s almost becoming a banality. We wrote about this several times last month. The “EPO’s knowledge & expertise” is leaving in droves nowadays (we have reported massive, unprecedented brain drain over the years), yet here again the EPO brags about its “knowledge & expertise”. Who are they trying to kid? Preaching to the converted?
One main problem is, if UPC schemers got their way, a lot of the above would have become easier. Software patenting will be brought to Europe by the UPC, but only if Battistelli gets his way… it would not just be a disaster to software developers but to every single user of software. The consequences would be horrific and devastating. The US, where software patents are ubiquitously used by patents trolls, is a cautionary tale.
“Software patenting will be brought to Europe by the UPC, but only if Battistelli gets his way…”We hope that EPO staff understands why we have opposed the UPC (and its predecessors) all these years. Not much has changed except the name (now it’s “unitary” and “unified” rather than “EU” or “community”). Rebranding never changed the substance and politicians including Battistelli lied about it all along.
Here is a new article from a lawyers’ site. It’s titled “What Does Brexit Mean for the Planned Unitary Patent System in Europe?”
Here is what it says (behind a paywall unfortunately, so only the patent microcosm — those paying for subscription — would be able to read and/or scrutinise it):
The Unitary Patent System and Unified Patent Court had been predicted to come into force in 2017, and it promised to be the biggest change in European patent practice in almost 40 years. Has Brexit killed the whole thing?
In a nutshell, yes! UPC is going nowhere. Does that mean that British members of Team UPC will give up? Of course not. The Corbyn-led Labour party would have no interest in the UPC (see its position on TPP) and should bury the UPC, but watch how Bristows LLP spins that. Another example of selective quoting and misinterpretation or misrepresentations, quoting other members of Team UPC as ‘proof’ of widespread support for upcoming changes? Also see this new one from Bristows LLP (aka Bristows UPC, for marketing purposes). This firm has just published not one but two UPC propaganda pieces. Shame on Bristows for attacking both British and EU democracy. What does that say about Bristows?
Another LLP, this time Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, joined in this non-stop UPC propaganda (obviously from patent law firms that stand to gain from the UPC).
“The UPC would be bad for SMEs all across Europe, not just in Britain. Every European citizen should be out in the streets protesting against it, for the same reasons CETA/TPP/TTIP/TISA etc. are widely protested against.”They know a deadline is coming up and the UPC would likely die soon, if not officially in the UK then in the whole of Europe (unless it’s renamed again and repackaged with replacement/s for London). The UPC would be bad for SMEs all across Europe, not just in Britain. Every European citizen should be out in the streets protesting against it, for the same reasons CETA/TPP/TTIP/TISA etc. are widely protested against.
Milan has been mentioned as a likely replacement for London and watch this new tweet from the EPO: “Patent professionals in Italy are welcome at this event,” it says. Notice the interesting choice of venue. █
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Evoking and invoking memories of showy presidential bicycles…
Summary: The Danish media fails to look into the dodgy dealings of Jesper Kongstad and instead plays along with his (and his political protectors’) childish publicity stunts
SHALLOW coverage with little journalistic integrity dominated Danish press, which as far as we know has paid no attention to our series of Danish stories (more on that later this week). They’re in the business of promotion of businesses, not investigative journalism. It truly shows.
Rather than speak about the dodgy dealings of Mr. Kongstad from the EPO and DKPTO, Danish media became his lapdog again. It also helped those crooked or controversial politicians who protect him. We don’t know who in Denmark is fit to explore and report the information in Danish. This information does merit nationwide coverage.
“They’re in the business of promotion of businesses, not investigative journalism.”On the 7th of October, the Minister Troels Lund Poulsen [1, 2] officially opened a new branch office of the DKPTO located in Ikast on the Jutland Peninsula. The DKPTO head office is located in Taastrup near Copehagen.
The opening of the new branch office is apparently part of a “decentralisation” programme being pursued by the current Danish government whereby it plans to move about 4000 civil service jobs out of the Copenhagen area. The official press release from the DKPTO can be found here. Some puff pieces about the event appeared in the Danish press. Photos of the event showing Poulsen and Kongstad are shown above. If anyone who is Danish-speaking and lives in Denmark can tip Danish journalists about our series of Danish stories, please do so. We have provided plenty of material for further investigation. █
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The sorts of pictures that Battistelli doesn’t want the delegates to see ahead of tomorrow’s meeting…
Summary: The EPO’s so-called ‘Social Conference’ (prepackaged, commissioned and paid-for bundle of lies) took place today, but staff was outside protesting against this Orwellian charade from President Benoît Battistelli
THE very many scandals at the EPO (all of them the management’s fault) have led staff of the EPO to to taking the great risk of going out, leaving their office to protest against the management at lunchtime. Personal sacrifices are plenty; these people aren’t the selfish/overpaid/cushy job/spoiled types which pro-Battistelli media tries to portray them as. They are loyal to fellow workers, not (just, if at all) to autocrats who manage them and do a great disservice to Europe with their horrible policies. Techrights has enormous respect for examiners who support their representatives and are willing to ruin their work security, personal safety, health etc. just to do the right thing. We cannot stress strongly enough that collective punishment isn’t of merit here because many examiners have served the Office since long before Battistelli arrived at the scene and brought his cronies. We all want to save the EPO, not destroy it. It’s Battistelli who is destroying the Office.
“We all want to save the EPO, not destroy it. It’s Battistelli who is destroying the Office.”Shown above is Ion Brumme (dismissed by Battistelli earlier this year). He was speaking at today’s SUEPO demonstration, which took place directly under the room where the EPO Social Conference was taking place (this photo is from today by the way).
Clever move there from SUEPO. Did it help highlight the great degree of injustice that this entire Social Conference was? SUEPO was denied access so that Battistelli can lie unchallenged. He was ‘grooming’ people ahead of tomorrow’s meeting. He wants to avoid/dodge accountability for social injustice at the Office. He wants demands from March to simply vanish as though they never existed.
As one person put it in comments the other day:
that is no real wonder.
Internally only the last two weeks things started happening.
We live in a cycle of 3 months, which is dictated by the four meetings of the AC every year.
Management tables their proposals as late as possible, to deny everyone a possibility to fully read all the papers and make an informed opinion, thus eliminating any possibility for positive feedback (this became an obvious tactic under Miss Brimelow) and staff has learnt to wait for the proposals to be on the table instead of guessing what might come.
The fight for PR has already started on management side, the staff has a bit more difficulty with that, as it has less money available for that, and is not allowed to discuss anything our management considers to be internal matters anywhere. We have even been urged not to discuss among ourselves or with our union committee(s)…
“It’s a total disgrace and it makes it abundantly clear that the Administrative Council no longer does its job.”One day, time permitting, we might get around to revisiting the demands from March and what exactly happened to them back in June. It’s a total disgrace and it makes it abundantly clear that the Administrative Council no longer does its job.
Earlier today we mentioned an open letter to the Delegations of the EPO's Administrative Council. It relates to the change proposal for new WIPO Investigation Guidelines (see the WIPO Investigation Guidelines proposal from 3 weeks ago
[PDF]) and this was covered earlier today by IP Watch, a site that closely follows WIPO — more so than it follows the calamity at the EPO. Here are portions of what it published:
The Administrative Council (AC), made up of members of the EPO member states, meets 12-13 October in Munich. In an 11 October letter to the council, the EPO-FLIER team, which identifies itself as a “group of concerned staff” who wish to remain anonymous “due to the prevailing harsh social climate and absence of rule of law” at the office, blasted President Benoît Battistelli’s proposed new disciplinary and investigation guidelines and urged governments instead to consider a WIPO proposal (available here).
Battistelli’s new guidelines, if approved, would allow the president to dismiss staff members for “professional incompetence” without any meaningful advisory review, and would also permit the administration to investigate and discipline employees without due process, the EPO-FLIER letter said. It asked AC members to consider WIPO’s recently proposed investigation guidelines, saying that while WIPO has “immense problems in its staff relations,” it seems to have floated a balanced proposal that includes an independent investigative unit, due process guarantees and whistle-blower protections.
A summary of conclusions from the 22 September AC Board meeting noted that the German delegation “was unhappy with President’s change proposal for the Investigation Guidelines CA/52/16 Rev. 1 … so that ‘no common understanding could be reached on the right to be silent and on other issues. The President had strong reservations on this issue, insisting on the necessity to ensure an efficient procedure to fight fraud and harassment, and reserved the possibility to withdraw the package from the agenda.’”
In a 12 February 2016 letter, made public on 29 September by techrights.org (available here), http://techrights.org/2016/09/29/netherlands-institute-of-patent-attorneys-on-battistelli/ the president of the 500-member Dutch Institute of Patent Attorneys (Nederlandse Orde van Octrooigemachtigden) told the AC that while the Orde applauds EPO efforts to set worldwide standards in patent quality and efficiency, it “has to express its serious and on-going concern” about the way in which the office’s reinvention process is happening and the “effects that it has on the image of the EPO.” Specifically, the letter said, patent lawyers are worried about developments regarding the organisation and government of the Boards of Appeals and the treatment of EPO personnel.
The Orde observed that employment conditions at the office and the basic rights of employees are “seriously compromised.” In the beginning, staff opposition seemed to be a common and understandable reaction to changes every organisation experiences, but over time the information that reached the public became more and more serious, with union officials subjected to disciplinary measures and downgraded, pension reductions and firings, the organisation said.
“It seems that the people at the EPO are afraid of their own management,” the Orde said. “We sincerely believe that the current situation at the EPO has spun out of control by the actions of its President,” and that the AC should stop Battistelli from “continuing these unproductive and destructive practices,” it said.
The current climate holds negative consequences for the future of the European patent, EPO-FLIER said. The estimated 2016 over 2014 increase in production (up 23 percent) and productivity (up 11 percent) “is not a sign of successful reforms but rather proves that the examiners have lost any ambition to withstand unrealistic and arbitrary production targets imposed on them by the Administration” – to the detriment of patent quality.
Publications in Battistelli's pocket have said nothing about it and relative quiet/calm/apathy in the media is what we predicted several days ago, due to threats and money awards from Battistelli to the media. It’s nice to see IP Watch returning to EPO coverage and we hope to see more of that in the future.
There was also a new article today in the French media, focusing on the social situation not at WIPO but at the EPO (Battistelli — it’s worth repeating — tried to become WIPO’s head). Hopefully a SUEPO-provided translation of this French article about the EPO is imminent; several people told us about it today and SUEPO too linked to it. Do we have any volunteers for translation?
“It’s nice to see IP Watch returning to EPO coverage and we hope to see more of that in the future.”As for the EPO, it has said nothing at all (publicly at least) about the Social Conference. Not even a tweet about it! Nothing about the Friday release of the so-called 'social' 'study', either. Maybe they just want to keep it all covert/internal so as to avoid outside scrutiny, criticism, or independent assessment. They know it’s junk/pseudo-science and propaganda that wouldn’t carry water. The EPO chose quite some timing for useless PPH distraction (warning:
epo.org link), having just published this nonsense today and repeatedly warned people about a deadline for participation in Battistelli's next public lobbying event. Getting desperate there, eh? Maybe because people don’t play along with the stunt/lobbying this time around? They have 'spammed' nearly 50 universities across Europe about it, but these universities hardly reciprocated. One of these latest calls of misery says: “Tomorrow is the last day! If you know a researcher who has invented something amazing, nominate them now…”
Another one says: “Nominations close in about 24 hours. Who should win next year’s European Inventor Award?”
Elizabeth Holmes, definitely! Give her another chance. She had the same level of integrity as the President of the EPO. █
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…Not to mention lies about performance [1, 2]
Source (original): Rospatent
Summary: Battistelli’s house of cards, or the empire/castle of lies, continues to build up ahead of the upcoming “Social Conference”, which is little more than a union-busting enabler and tranquiliser for the delegates of the Administrative Council
Jesper Kongstad, the Chairman of the Administrative Council (AC), could save staff representatives at the EPO but chose not to. It’s part of a pattern of indifference from the Administrative Council towards EPO staff and protectionism for Team Battistelli. One begins to wonder if the Administrative Council has been so thoroughly infiltrated or incentivised to basically stop doing its job and practically become just an extension — not a supervisor — of the Office.
A couple of days ago, writing in the IP Kat blog that no longer covers EPO scandals, one comment said: “It doesn’t seem to be possible to post further comments. Has the thread reached its limit ?”
No comment since. We don’t know why (maybe a manual ending to a discussion).
“One begins to wonder if the Administrative Council has been so thoroughly infiltrated or incentivised to basically stop doing its job and practically become just an extension — not a supervisor — of the Office.”EPO staff has been losing its voice since the EPO bullied some publications like ours (including the infamous ban on IP Kat) and paid a lot of money to control the rest. The EPO did all this whilst attacking the EPO unions, which also constitute the staff’s voice. The European Patent Office, which is unaccountable, is now a totally rogue institution without effective controls (either inside or outside). It’s even worse than WIPO, where Gurry just got away with everything (stories about this subject can be found in our daily links since Friday). Based on this tweet, Battistelli’s lobbying event (charade) that costs millions of Euros will carry on. Who’s to say no? Who can even say no? Now that Battistelli is wasting millions of Euros on bogus ‘studies’ will the Administrative Council hold him accountable? Will anyone ever treat Battistelli as anything other than some kind of monarch? The EPC that establishes the status quo was supposed to ensure this would not happen, but right now the EPO is pretending to care for the EPC — all this while it violates the EPC on a regular basis, e.g. [1, 2].
“EPO staff has been losing its voice since the EPO bullied some publications like ours (including the infamous ban on IP Kat) and paid a lot of money to control the rest.”Next week there is a major propaganda campaign from Battistelli. The target audience is the Administrative Council and Battistelli’s lapdog (or pet chinchilla), Jesper Kongstad. We don’t expect too see any dissent in the campaign’s event because staff representatives have already been intentionally blocked from entering (we wrote a couple of articles about this before). The Local Staff Committee at The Hague met about a week ago and plans to demonstrate in a few days. "Social Conference" nonsense from Battistelli surely and understandably irritates those whom it will lie about (in their absence).
“Meanwhile,” one person wrote, “the President is trying to sew together fig leaves, and has called for a “Social Conference”. [...] The SUEPO Committee hopes and counts on staff to provide a clear and solid mandate – one that can be reasonably expected to terminate the abuses of the present management and restore (inter alia) the union rights at the EPO.”
“”Social Conference” nonsense from Battistelli surely and understandably irritates those whom it will lie about (in their absence).”Protests in Munich will start in just two days. We reckon that a lot of it will fall on Jesper Kongstad’s deaf ears, but hopefully politicians and the media will continue to press for justice. The EPO is spending over a million Euros per year controlling the media through FTI Consulting and additional money is spent paying the media directly for puff pieces, so the latter (media) might have priorities other than to cover protests. Media blackout won’t affect Techrights and in fact I took two day off work next week, to enable me to cover what goes on in Munich and The Hague (please get in touch with us regarding any updates before, throughout, and after). █
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Sending a warning shot the boards’ way (Chairman of the Enlarged Board of Appeal is next to go)…
Source (original): Rospatent
Summary: Staff of the EPO is still fighting back against the chopper and liar in chief, Mr. Battistelli, whose flagrant disregard for the law is odious as he keeps “turning a blind eye on infringements of fundamental rights in the EPO”
LAST NIGHT we wrote about the EPO‘s kangaroo courts, which have become a hallmark of Battistelli’s horrible, horrendous regime. The following latest comment discusses how Battistelli keeps defaming a judge whom he dislikes, using the “Nazi” bat (not the judge's club). He would have everyone laid off if he could. Instead he systematically fires/sanctions/silences all or most of the staff’s representatives (a top-down approach). Nobody is safe when allegations can be made up, fabricated, or sexed up/distorted based on half-truths. There is no access to justice within the EPO or even outside of it.
“Every bit of negative publicity which the EPO has received is something that Battistelli and his goons deserve; they have done this to themselves, not just with their words but also with their actions.”“Yeah,” a new comment says, “so ridiculous that they were eventually dropped by the “prosecution” and did not feature in the June proceedings. However, rumour has it that a certain batty-brain keeps trotting them out at regular intervals to remind his retainers why the suspension should be maintained.”
Quoting the previous message that said: “The accusations were downright ridiculous: having “objects which can be constructed as weapons” and “nazi memorabilia”. The exact wording at the time fails me, but it really sounded as if they combed his office and found nothing but a pocket knife and an history book to frame him.”
It wasn’t a pocket knife but sporting equipment (a club). Would a tennis racket qualify as a weapon? How about a bowling bowl? For weaponry fetishes look no further than Jesper Kongstad and his political friends who like to murder large animals for reaction/leisure (we covered this in the morning).
“The guy is a chronic liar and as time goes by he needs to lie more and more (keeping up with previous lies), to the point where almost every sentence out of his mouth is a lie…”Every bit of negative publicity which the EPO has received is something that Battistelli and his goons deserve; they have done this to themselves, not just with their words but also with their actions. “Is it just me,” I publicly asked earlier today, “or has someone else noticed that a lot of the media distances itself from/avoids Battistelli for fear of reputation damage?” The guy is a chronic liar and as time goes by he needs to lie more and more (keeping up with previous lies), to the point where almost every sentence out of his mouth is a lie (see this latest interview with him).
We have meanwhile been learning more about next week's EPO protest. “Forthcoming demonstration[s] on 13 October,” we learned, are planned for The Hague (there is also a demonstration planned for Munich).
People are said to be “organizing a demonstration on 13 October at lunch time in The Hague to draw the attention of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of The Netherlands and the Representation of the EU in The Netherlands that urgent action is needed. Letting Mr Battistelli ignore the AC resolution CA/26/16 or turning a blind eye on infringements of fundamental rights in the EPO cannot be the policy of democratic EU members states.”
This coincides with the meeting of the Administrative Council. The main question on people’s mind is, will Jesper Kongstad be Battistelli’s lapdog, lap chinchilla, or maybe he’ll finally wake up and realise he’s supposed to be a watchdog? █
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One must not interfere with the brainwash (a so-called 'conference') that targets Administrative Council delegates (read-only/watch-only)
Larger (more legible) version
Summary: Another new wave of EPO propaganda is upon us, and it helps keep the world silent while EPO management drives people to suicide, breaks legitimate unions, and flagrantly disregards all sorts of laws in pursuit of quick cash (at the expense of Europe)
THE EPO‘s management is a house of cards. It’s a house of cards because the harder it tries to cover up its many abuses, the more it pisses off the staff and the more stakeholders worry. What has the EPO become if not something an order of magnitude worse than FIFA and Volkswagen (Dieselgate)? Battistelli is now fighting a battle against truth itself, combating truth-tellers as though they’re Nazis and criminals (whom he habitually compares them to).
“Battistelli is now fighting a battle against truth itself, combating truth-tellers as though they’re Nazis and criminals (whom he habitually compares them to).”A few months ago a Spanish staff representative gave a spoken/oral testimony to the Administrative Council delegates. Battistelli probably doesn’t want to risk that happening again, so watch the preparations above (published earlier today). Well, it’s on the Intranet, so everyone would have seen it. There’s no need for comment, is there? SUEPO, the EPO’s only real staff union (about half of all EPO staff are SUEPO members), has already complained about being excluded.
The media has certainly been paralysed by now, so we don’t expect it to cover this story about brainwashing the delegates. It will just watch idly (if at all) while Battistelli and his liars for hire (commissioned bogus ‘studies’) lie to the whole world. Why is the Administrative Council consenting to this horrible exercise in propaganda? Why are people who complain about it (in advance) totally ignored?
“We’re dealing with quite a monster here and it’s politically-connected, immune from the law, and highly abusive at so many levels.”The material upon which the propaganda will be based was published late on a Friday. It was only published internally. The target audience is certainly the converted (to which there’s no need to preach), so in essence they wasted a lot of money paying some dodgy firms to say what they wish to hear, under the pretense of ‘independent’ assessment/audit. Will the Chairman of the Administrative Council be a “yes man” in this meeting? We would be surprised if it didn’t turn out to be the case.
As we said last night, calling the EPO “rotten” is an understatement. We’re dealing with quite a monster here and it’s politically-connected, immune from the law, and highly abusive at so many levels. Who or what can ever stop this beast? █
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Another TTIP/TPP-like spiel… because they want all the money and power and would lie for it
Reference: Peter Popoff
Mr. Popoff lied to people (said he spoke for God) and seriously harmed them in order to get their money. Likewise, the EPO and so-called ‘experts’ (a conspiracy of self-serving law firms) are lying to people (while claiming to speak for SMEs) in order to systematically rob Europe with broad lawsuits and shakedowns.
Summary: Another fine example where the echo chamber of Team UPC is trying to sell us the illusion that European businesses want the UPC
THIS Web site has spoken out against the UPC for nearly a decade, since before it was even known as “UPC”. One might think that it’s all over for UPC amid Brexit, but don’t put the guards down and rest on the laurels because history shows that foul play and nefarious tricks can accomplish all sorts of things, by pulling the right strings behind closed doors. We see this in TISA, CETA, TTIP, TPP, ACTA or whatever the powerful corporations and their lobbyists/lawyers want to have.
Also, the UPC ‘mission creep’ can still be found on the surface…
Bristows, a UPC pusher and British parasite, wants us to believe that the words of Tilmann (mentioned here before in [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]) count for something objective. Team UPC basically cites another Team UPC member and people notice this. One of them said that the paper was “authored under the chairmanship of Prof. Tilmann” (which isn’t OK).
IP Kat promotes the UPC quite a lot these days, at least when it’s Bristows staff authoring the posts. Here is the comment in full (under the misleading article with a misleading headline, courtesy of Bristows staff):
Since the author is keeping quite on this: “The German Bar Association’s recent position paper” was authored under the chairmanship of Prof. Tilmann who is presiding over the relevant sub-committee. For obvious reasons, this is not irrelevant and should be mentioned, at least if an objective information of the readers was intended.
So Tilmann of Team UPC interjected himself into IP Kat through Bristows (Team UPC). Nice propaganda, but people do notice:
To be fully objective, it should be stated as well that Prof. Tilmann is as well uttering a pro-domo plea as he has been heavily involved in the launching of the UPC. That the German Bar Association position paper reflects the position of its chairman is not a surprise.
In German he can be qualified as “Wendehals”, i.e. flexible neck.
In a first paper analysing Opinion 1/09 of the EuCJ, he was most adamant that the UPC was only open to EU member states. After Brexit, this opinion was not so important and a few amendments to the UPC under Art 87 would allow not only the post Brexit participation of the UK, but also further non EU member states.
It is amazing to see how an opinion can change when one’s own interests are at stake…..
We hope that IP Kat realises what it’s stooping down to. I confronted one of their writers this morning. █
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The latest increase in the FTI Consulting deal/contract targets German and Dutch media specifically
Full article: Sheldon Adelson’s Purchase of Las Vegas Paper Seen as a Power Play
Remember who attacked a judge in the German and Dutch media very shortly (a few weeks) after signing the FTI Consulting deal
Summary: The staff union of the EPO (SUEPO) is planning another couple of demonstrations next week and the EPO’s payments to European media bear fruit, serving to demonstrate the corrupting influence of Battistelli’s bizarre budget choices and mind-boggling priorities (managing perceptions, not changing behaviour)
THERE IS PLENTY to be angry about at the EPO and SUEPO will lead a march next week, having just announced that the next demonstrations are to take place on the 11th and 13th of October, coinciding with the meeting of the Administrative Council. To quote the full announcement:
On 11 October Mr Battistelli will hold his much publicised (yet another “first in the history of the Office”) Social Conference where he will be trumpeting his achievements just before the meeting of the Administrative Council on 12/13 October. Meanwhile, the attacks against SUEPO officials are continuing in The Hague with three investigations/disciplinary proceedings. SUEPO organises a demonstration on Tuesday 11 October in Munich in front of the EPO Isar building starting at 12.30h, and on Thursday 13 October in The Hague.
No doubt the media will hardly cover it, having been given a lethal injection by the EPO. The EPO is paying to control the media in the Netherlands and in Germany. It is also PAYING some French publishers like Les Echos (for self-censorship and habitual propaganda), which Battistelli later cites in his private letters as ‘proof’ of his dubious claims. Here in the UK the EPO pays FT (Financial Times) for UPC propaganda (as recently as last week) and one EPO insider found some new UPC material in relation to Brexit. It comes from Les Echos (EPO-funded) and the insider called it “Pro UPC Propaganda as expected – Le « paquet brevet » suspendu au Brexit” (published and mentioned earlier today).
Expect more of the media manipulation from the EPO’s top-level management. It’s their spiel now. They have no compelling story to tell, so instead they’re trying to sell. They literally pay the media, which in turn publishes puff pieces and even fields social media accounts to spread the EPO’s talking points (FT did this some months ago).
“Expect more of the media manipulation from the EPO’s top-level management. It’s their spiel now.”Remember the time IAM attempted to distance itself from the EPO after the EPO's foreign PR agency had paid IAM for UPC propaganda? Well, IAM has just published a new issue of its totally completely honestly objective ‘magazine’ and in it appears to be the big lie about EPO patent quality. It is paywalled, so it’s hard to say exactly what’s in it. They do, however, help the EPO and Battistelli lie about patent quality (they are the only citation the EPO and Battistelli use for such a claim, with Battistelli repeatedly mentioning IAM privately and publicly). It is really that bad and it’s verging the pathetic. Does the Administrative Council not mind that Battistelli is wasting millions of Euros buying (one might say “corrupting”) European media? And all this to mislead the public and mislead the Council’s delegates? If not, then it makes these delegates complicit.
To be sure, the UPC propaganda will end pretty soon, at least as far as its relevance to the UK and Brexit is concerned. IP Kat wrote so much on the subject (usually in favour of the UPC) and here we have a new article about EU-wide injunctions. Well, EU-wide injunctions (even beyond the EU) would be a standard occurrence if UPC (litigation chaos) was ever to sneak into Europe.
“We hope that EPO staff will join us in opposing the UPC.”One new comment, among other such comments (a thread initiated by the UPC proponents, like most others), said today: “Of course, a solution would be for the UK to enact legislation to the effect that any judgement of the UPC in respect of an EP patent for which there is a GB part to be automatically enforceable in the UK. Maybe not so good for UK litigators but good for industry.”
The self-serving Team UPC is mostly a litigation industry, hence it’s craving for the UPC (more money for them at the expense of plaintiffs and defendants in Europe). We hope that EPO staff will join us in opposing the UPC. All it does is (and we’ve been writing about this for nearly a decade*), it threatens to eliminate EPO jobs and reduce Europe into litigious chaos that’s enriching the litigation industry. The very fact that Battistelli has been pushing for the UPC for many years (previous incarnation) raises questions as well; who does this man work for? █
* Techrights is turning 10 next month and the early efforts to unify patent litigation in Europe go even further back than that.
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