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07.01.20

IBM-Funded FSF Censors Itself on Software Patents

Posted in FSF, Patents at 5:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Only earlier today we praised the FSF for the above version (hours later it was censored or self-censored without explanation)

FSF self-censorship

Summary: Donald Robertson’s article bemoaning and openly condemning the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) over software patents, which it illegally grants in some cases, was modified a week later; and why? One can only guess… (but remember that the FSF’s foremost sponsor is lobbying against 35 U.S.C. § 101 and for software patents)

[Humour/Meme] Remember That As Recently as Last Year Microsoft Was Still Shaking Down and Even Suing Companies Over ‘Linux Patent Infringement’

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Patents at 3:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Shrek: 'We believe every Linux customer basically has an undisclosed balance-sheet [patent] liability.' -Microsoft's CEO... We heard that!

Summary: There’s no ‘new Microsoft’ except a (better at) lying Microsoft; its covert actions tell us a lot about its ongoing hatred of GNU/Linux, which it is assaulting in new and more sophisticated ways

06.30.20

EPO Management Celebrates the Lowering of Patent Quality While Granting Invalid Patents (IPs) Instead of European Patents (EPs)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 4:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This month: SUEPO (Staff Union of EPO): “The Imbalance Between the Importance of (Patent) Quality and Quantity Remains a Cause for Concern” and Only 3% of EPO Staff Has Confidence in President Campinos

Star Trek facepalm: Labour camp/sweatshop doesn't sound good, captain; We left our home country for this?
Were the ‘redshirts’ a giveaway?

Summary: Europe’s most autocratic institution continues to cheat and lie to everybody; even twice in one day, together with… the Communist Party of China (through CNIPA)

THE FARCE of António Campinos, orchestrated for exactly 2 years as of 15 minutes ago (CET), can only ever deepen due to denial, due to lies, due to cover-up (for Benoît Battistelli before him). Not only does he meddle in the affairs of the Boards — which the European Patent Office (EPO) is supposed to be separate from — he also pressures them to allow software patents in Europe (a decision on computer simulations will likely be ready later this year).

Techrights has written about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) since 2006 and never did it encounter a behaviour quite so scandalous. PTAB is still applying 35 U.S.C. § 101 ‘in peace’ (no judge being punished by Lee or Iancu, not directly anyway).

“Patents found to be invalid? Abolish those who demonstrate that, immediately!”But just like in China, in EPOnia (Bavaria) we have this truly absurd situation; the tyrants at the top terrorise if not oust/arrest potential exposers. So they pretend all is well and have us believe that things are perfect, totally functional… “everything is under control!”

Control. Yes, even the narrative. Patents found to be invalid? Abolish those who demonstrate that, immediately!

Liars from management of the EPO again (warning: epo.org link) join hands with the Communist Party of China (CPC, CCP in some cases) to exploit a nasty virus and promote their own virus, which includes corruption, fraud and killing of dissent (or truth-tellers). Having done this with the USPTO about a month ago, now they have “Joint statement of EPO and CNIPA on response to COVID-19″ and it says that “EPC member countries also filed 42,000 invention patent applications in China, marking an increase of 4.9% over the previous year.”

China isn’t exactly renowned for patent quality; quite the opposite! So what do these numbers even tell us, really?

Here’s more of that fluff about “harmonisation in the patent system”:

After over three decades of strong bilateral co-operation, the EPO and CNIPA have built a comprehensive strategic partnership that contributes to higher quality patents and greater harmonisation in the patent system. The relationship between China and Europe is also reflected in the growing number of applications received by the EPO and the CNIPA. In 2019 the EPO received almost 30% more applications from the People’s Republic of China than in the previous year. EPC member countries also filed 42,000 invention patent applications in China, marking an increase of 4.9% over the previous year.

A few hours apart, based on the timestamps (which aren’t reliable in the EPO’s case; they often contradict URL slug and the CMS has profound publication lag), the EPO also published a bundle of lies consistent with its culture of corruption, crimes, systematic looting and fraud. This second piece (warning: epo.org link) brags about “timeliness of the Office’s search, examination” (because hey, it could just grant each application in one second; wouldn’t that be just absolutely perfect for “timeliness”?).

Here’s more:

The Annual Review 2019 shows that the EPO successfully dealt with a record number of applications last year. The Office received 181 406 European patent applications in 2019[1], up 4.0% over 2018. In response, our patent examiners carried out a total of 421 250 search, examination and opposition products. A major effort was made in reducing the backlog of work, with the classification backlog being eliminated entirely – an important milestone for the Office. Last year the EPO also published 137 787 European patents, +8% compared to 2018. And the timeliness of the Office’s search, examination and opposition work all continued to improve.

So the EPO significantly lowers patent quality and then it brags about “growth”…

Fantastic!

Just what the chef ordered.

And where to even begin disputing this? It’s propaganda from start to finish.

How can these people tell so many lies with a straight face? You have to be a crook to work as a manager there, or perhaps a blindly loyal mate of the President, whom you know will reward you with bonuses at times of financial uncertainty.

I'm with XISUEPO is rightly upset; the staff, which SUEPO represents (most workers are in that union or about half; we don’t have recent enough figures), is also upset. The systematic attacks on their rights, on their salary and on their pensions aren’t a coincidence. Many of them stay up until late at night (if not throughout the night) to make the above possible, even if patents are often granted against the spirit and practice of the EPC. Then the management just lies about the whole thing, takes credit for everything, and collectively punishes all the examiners (again).

There’s much to be said about Chinese labour standards. Ask examines how many hours a week they’ve recently spent working from a ‘shoebox’ called home, with little equipment at hand and with unreasonable “targets” to meet.

Hey, Campinos… a gentle advice/suggestion for you: Convert the EPO’s buildings into little apartments/compartments with 8 bunk beds in each. Because who needs to go home anyway? It harms “productivity”; let them leave twice a month, provide basic meals, sleep can be done/completed on their desks and pensions aren’t needed as they’ll likely die from work-related issues (prematurely). Just don’t forget to set up “suicide nets” near all the windows, OK? The last thing you want is Interpol/Europol entering the premises to conduct an investigation.

[Humour] There’s Always a Way… (to Grant Patents on Almost Anything)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 9:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Split second decision: let's grant patents on life; crap, they say it's illegal; Wait, maybe we can make loopholes

Summary: The referral from European Patent Office (EPO) President António Campinos leaves the door open to patents on life, provided one paints those as uniquely clever, e.g. GMO (same tricks for software patents in Europe with “Hey Hi” — an overblown buzz wave)

Crocodiles Can Only Ever Fake Empathy

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 9:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Or shed a tear…

Crocodile

Summary: Greenwashing, pinkwashing, openwashing and abduction of various authentic civil rights movements (centered around gender, race, and sometimes economic issues) is very easy and cheap relative to the depths of corporate pockets; the problem is, those things help distract the ‘masses’ from objectively immoral and universally unacceptable acts

THE saying about the massive reptiles, remnants of an ancient era of dinosaurs, is mostly sarcastic in nature. Crocodiles don’t shed tears, they just eat their prey heartlessly. No sympathy. This is what they do. There’s also that old parable about “reptilian brains” — something that became a lot less comical because some nuts and cranks take this more literally and imply that some humans are reptiles in disguise (not metaphorically).

A lot of the corporations we deal with pretend to value women, to value ethnic minorities and so on. IBM issued not one but several puff pieces and press releases to that effect yesterday. We put those in Daily Links, filed under “IBM”. In reality, as is widely known, those corporations care about nothing but profit. In the case of IBM, we're talking about almost exclusively white men. Their recent choices of CEOs (female, then Indian) are motivated by the need to shed off a stigma — not an elusive/outdated one but a persistent and ongoing one (it’s still justified).

“Some people out there can distinguish/tell apart facts from marketing and recognise the value of what’s objectively true.”Techrights is being slandered for all sorts of things. Moments ago in Twitter I saw full-time Microsoft staff trying to incite Free software people against the site. That’s hardly the first time; they do that a lot in Reddit as well. Techrights annoys them because it tells them what’s true about their paymaster; in their eyes, it puts at risk their salary and job security.

Longtime readers of Techrights know that we don’t treat unfairly or favour one corporation over another for arbitrary reasons. Techrights is highly respected among staff of the European Patent Office (EPO). A few of them even donated to us over the years, not because they were asked but because they wanted to. These fine minds, the hard-working examiners, understand that the real enemy isn’t truth but liars such as António Campinos and Benoît Battistelli, who force them to grant software patents in Europe in defiance of the law. Some people out there can distinguish/tell apart facts from marketing and recognise the value of what’s objectively true. Even when it’s not always convenient. Embracing politically-correct and corporate-friendly views is risk-free and easy; it at least feels like everyone out there already agrees with you (many of the rest are censored or are self-censoring) and the media spikes stories/opinions. Blogs like IP Kat nowadays delete comments. For inaccuracy? No. The blog ‘owners’ (the new ones) don’t always agree with commenters, so they believe they ‘help’ us by eliminating particular viewpoints. They also sweep under the rug anything which speaks of EPO misconduct. That’s a dangerous thing to do and it makes IP Kat complicit. This morning/last night when they wrote about Munich they started with: “IP Tech Summit 2020 is taking place in Munich from 3 to 4 December 2020 within Microsoft’s premises!”

So criminals who bribed officials in Munich (to derail GNU/Linux) are still trying to set the tone there. Microsoft still does this all around the world, but who cares when there’s patent money to be made, right? Even patents that are patently bogus, more so after 35 U.S.C. § 101/Alice.

Corporations lack complex feelings. They’re like reptiles. Instinct for prey. Public institutions that are devoured by such ‘corporate reptiles’ become the same. There’s nothing public about them anymore. Nowadays the Linux Foundation “loves Linux” like Microsoft does.

[Humour/Meme] ZDNet Promoting LOT/OIN as a Force for Good. Says a Lot About ZDNet…

Posted in Deception, OIN, Patents at 4:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

We’re omitting the new ZDNet link (context may not matter much here)

On second thought: We support software patents; We also support what software patents attack

Summary: ZDNet has long been a mouthpiece or a parrot for LOT and OIN (overlaps exist); that says so much about the software patents agenda of ZDNet and its parent company, which became defunct 6 months ago, then passed to friends of Bill Gates (privately-owned)

06.29.20

[Humour] “Technological Progress is Like an Axe in the Hands of a Pathological Criminal,” Albert Einstein, Famous European Patent Clerk

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:27 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Better than Drake: Crook with style

Summary: The European Patent Office’s (EPO) António Campinos and Benoît Battistelli continued their regime of illegal digital surveillance; is anyone holding them accountable? No.

The Rumours of North Carolina Layoffs and the Atmosphere at IBM/Red Hat Under New Management

Posted in IBM, Microsoft, Patents, Red Hat at 6:13 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

North Carolina

Summary: IBM would send the wrong message if it laid off even a single Red Hat employee; we shall be watching closely how IBM changes (if at all) its patent policy and what kind of staff it is planning to let go (maybe the in-house lawyers, which would be a sign of progress)

THIS post is supposed to inform, not to upset. It is not a simple subject and it isn’t easy to bring it up without potentially upsetting Red Hat employees. But it doesn’t seem like anyone is willing to research and openly discuss this, so here we go.

As every Red Hat employee is aware at this moment (and has been aware for months or at least weeks), IBM plans to lay off workers. There’s no escaping the office gossip or denying that fact because IBM isn’t refuting any of the many reports about it. Just to be clear, this problem isn’t unique to IBM. Microsoft announced layoffs at least three times over the past month alone. What we won’t do is speculate. We want to know the effect, if any, on Red Hat as a business unit of IBM. Cuts would not be beneficial to GNU/Linux, unless one loathes certain technologies or activities of Red Hat (like patenting).

“As every Red Hat employee is aware at this moment (and has been aware for months or at least weeks), IBM plans to lay off workers.”It should be obvious that IBM does not need two HR departments, two marketing departments, two legal departments and so on. There’s overlap and commonality; fusion may still mean redundancies.

As per Triangle Business Journal, North Carolina (NC) is among the places where layoffs will happen (“IBM (NYSE: IBM) cutting ‘thousands’ of workers across US, including North Carolina”). Red Hat was founded there and its headquarters are there. But not only Red Hat. See articles like “IBM is cutting ‘thousands’ of jobs across the US amid COVID-19 pandemic” which say about “IBM’s presence in North Carolina” that “IBM employs more than 1,000 people at its RTP office, making it one of the largest and most important tech employers in the Triangle.”

“There’s a dismissive reference there to Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat’s CEO who became president at IBM.”So layoffs in North Carolina might have no impact on Red Hat employees. Another article in the same site (“IBM to lay off more than 1,000 employees, report says”) is consistent with this. “IBM employs thousands of people across North Carolina,” says the local press (“IBM cuts ‘thousands’ of jobs across the US, NC included”) and topics regarding layoffs at Red Hat contain no information of relevance. One person wrote anonymously: “Congratulations CEE VP’s & Directors. You’ve finally acheived [sic] your goal of top down management & ruling with fear. No more questions & input from those annoying OG RHatters. IBM assimilation will be complete with the virus layoffs that are sure to follow…”

There’s a dismissive reference there to Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat’s CEO who became president at IBM. It formally happened a couple of months ago. “You have management that shields their eyes and refuses to acknowledge that anything is different,” said a comment. “Then you have the kool aid kiddies of memo-list who will simply acquiesce with self denial.”

“If Whitehurst and the new CEO are serious about GNU/Linux, not a single Red Hat person would get the sack.”There’s a complaint about the management style. Alexandre Oliva left last year, citing issues associated with non-free software the workers were expected to use (some old reports say that IBM is imposing Slack on all staff).

In short, we lack evidence that Red Hat employees are on the ‘chopping block’; the NC-based workers whose job is at risk might be in no way associated with Red Hat. Having said that, if you are a Red Hat employee and have heard rumours or have seen something concrete about impending layoffs at Red Hat, please contact us privately. By airing concerns associated with that perhaps we can change IBM’s plan, fearing backlash before or after such a move. If Whitehurst and the new CEO are serious about GNU/Linux, not a single Red Hat person would get the sack. Red Hat is profitable; no reason for anyone to lose the job.

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