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12.09.18

Team UPC is Still Spreading False Rumours in an Effort to Trick Politicians and Pressure Judges

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents, Rumour at 7:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The EPO wrote this (below) almost three years ago

UPC

Summary: Abuses at the European Patent Office, political turmoil and an obvious legislative coup by a self-serving occupation that produces nothing have already doomed the Unitary Patent or Unified Patent Court (UPC); so now we deal with complete fabrications from Team UPC as they’re struggling to make something out of nothing, anonymously smearing opposition to the UPC and anonymously making stuff up

LAST WEEKEND the person who ratified something that cannot in principle be ratified (or become functional) decided to publicly announce his resignation. There were some reports that mentioned this in relation to the UPC as well (even though there’s more to his decision, primarily Brexit itself). Science Minister (or whatever his job title was at the time; it kept changing) Sam Gyimah wasn’t the first to resign and his predecessor too kept changing job titles until resignation (for similar reasons). We can only imagine how Germany’s constitutional court views this turmoil. Not too favourably…

“The UPCA is dying in its sleep, the EPO already ignores it (the subject is almost never brought up), and Team UPC blogs are more or less dead (no new posts).”With only a couple of weeks left before Christmas it seems pretty clear that the UPC is more “dead” than it has ever been. There will be some more restful weekends soon. As for weekdays? Don’t expect any oral hearings as none are even scheduled. In two or three weeks’ time Team UPC will need to explain why it floated totally false (fabricated) ‘unitary’ rumours. The UPCA is dying in its sleep, the EPO already ignores it (the subject is almost never brought up), and Team UPC blogs are more or less dead (no new posts).

Days after Ramona Livera (Elias Neocleous & Co LLC) published lies and distortions about the UPC in Cypriot press she apparently paid money for more sites to carry these ‘unitary’ lies (self promotion rather). It says more about the integrity and honesty of such firms (than it says about UPC/A itself).

A few days ago Hogan Lovells’ Joseph Raffetto and Steffen Steininger decided to relay some more falsehoods. Perpetuating false rumours of Team UPC is nowadays seen as a virtue, surely?

Here is what they wrote:

While the German Federal Court (FCC) has still not officially announced when it will issue a decision regarding the constitutional complaint against the German law that ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA), rumors about a possible decision in December are circulating the German patent community. The FCC, however, officially has not acknowledged a decision date at this point. Across the channel, in the meantime, two UK patent practitioners argued before the House of Lord’s EU Justice Sub-Committee in favor of a UK participation in the Unitary Patent system during the transitional period agreed upon in a withdrawal agreement following Brexit and beyond that period.

When they say “rumors about a possible decision in December are circulating the German patent community” they don’t cite any sources. Because there are none. There’s no basis for this.

Where are those sources? They’re not even being named. It’s like a self-serving whispering campaign.

“When they say “rumors about a possible decision in December are circulating the German patent community” they don’t cite any sources. Because there are none. There’s no basis for this.”Alan Johnson has meanwhile had nothing to say on the subject. He and his colleagues are among those who spread these false rumours the most. Days ago he wrote in their UPC Blog about SPCs, not UPC (Bristows are big boosters of SPCs). So the UPC Blog is not even about UPC anymore! And on the same day Kluwer Patent Blog (where Bristows often writes) published SPCs under friendly fire (overly dramatic headline).

Why does nobody mention anything of substance about UPC or UPCA? Because there’s nothing.

JUVE, which likes patent trolls (and therefore the UPC as well), still calls patent trolls by a euphemism (“NPE”) and seems happy that they choose to troll companies that actually make something… in the country where JUVE itself is based. JUVE’s subscribers are profiting from these trolls and they hope to profit even more from something like the UPC (which would be inviting to trolls). As JUVE put it: “For NPEs, Germany will continue to be the court location in Europe. This is demonstrated by Data Scape’s lawsuits against none other than Apple, Amazon and Spotify at the Regional Court Düsseldorf…”

More money for lawyers would mean more money for the publisher (JUVE), but the UPC isn’t happening and JUVE isn’t writing about it anymore. It’s almost as if they’ve given up completely.

“More money for lawyers would mean more money for the publisher (JUVE), but the UPC isn’t happening and JUVE isn’t writing about it anymore.”Benjamin Henrion has meanwhile said about UPC that: “Defining how courts are established (130 pages of the rules of procedure) should be the only privilege of Parliaments, not outsourced to biased patent experts like Mr Mooney” (citing an old article from JUVE, which amplifies Team UPC itself).

“Mooney is a symptom of the problem,” I told him, as UPC “is a legislative coup.” It’s a bunch of lawyers attempting to hijack the law and enrich themselves. The constitutional court’s judges can hopefully see that because it’s not difficult to see that and it would be an utter embarrassment to Germany if it ever went ahead; it would also be a political crisis and possibly lead to legal action.

11.14.18

Allegations That António Campinos ‘Bought’ His Presidency and is Still Paying for it

Posted in Europe, Patents, Rumour at 1:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

When the politician met the banker

Campinos and Battistelli in 2011

Summary: Rumours persist that after Battistelli had rigged the election in favour of his compatriot nefarious things related to that were still visible

THERE have been several rumours swirling about António Campinos, but evidence is at times lacking or relatively weak. The European Patent Office (EPO) is corrupt, no doubt, and there’s plenty evidence to show it. Demonstrating that Campinos plays an active role in it, however, isn’t easy. Days ago we mentioned EPO ‘outsourcing’ rumours; we asked for input and got some input a couple of days later.

“We already saw Battistelli doing this many times in the past. It’s a form of corruption.”As readers may recall, Battistelli clearly meddled/intervened to have Campinos ‘set up’ as his successor. Take Belgium for example (we wrote about half a dozen articles about it, since more than a year ago, as this relates the UPC and EUIPO). Inside sources said that its vote was more or less ‘bought’.

Based on LinkedIn job postings, sources tell us, other countries may have had their vote ‘bought’ (rewards given after the vote, not before or throughout). We already saw Battistelli doing this many times in the past. It’s a form of corruption. We’ve been giving examples since 2014.

We’re told that the job postings have nothing to do with outsourcing but more to do with national patent offices and Council delegates (as was the case in Belgium). As one source framed it: “Is António Campinos paying for the votes which made him the seventh president of the EPO, or for future support?

“His election was a rigged process (we wrote about it countless times before) and the effect of this rigged election may be more profound and long-lasting than people care to realise.”A curious aspect of this is that the job advertisements on the EPO’s LinkedIn page aren’t always on the EPO’s site. Some may have already disappeared (maybe due to public scrutiny). We leave it as an exercise for the reader, e.g. which jobs these are and the possible motivations. One thing we do know is that there are internal conversations about it and Campinos has much to worry about. His election was a rigged process (we wrote about it countless times before) and the effect of this rigged election may be more profound and long-lasting than people care to realise. Certain people are indebted or are owed “favours”. There are many ways to pass money around, e.g. jobs, EU budget, and EPO budget (see how Battistelli looted the EPO itself a few weeks before he left).

11.11.18

EPO ‘Outsourcing’ Rumours

Posted in Europe, Patents, Rumour at 7:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: The EPO advertises jobs in Prague and Lisbon; this leads to speculations less than a year after António Campinos sent EU-IPO jobs to India (for cost reduction)

THE volume of patent news definitely seems to have decreased in recent months. We’re not sure why, we can only speculate and say that journalism in general is on the demise.

The European Patent Office (EPO) is nowadays playing if not paying the media for publicity stunts (not journalism). António Campinos, like his predecessor, comes up with more tricks for enabling software patents in Europe. We’re meanwhile trying to figure out what goes on recruitment-wise (HR is still led by Bergot).

“The EPO does not operate there, at least not yet, and back in the days people entertained the possibility of EPO expanding to Romania for ‘cost savings’.”One reader asked us: “Have you seen the job offers on LinkedIn?”

EPO job offers are in themselves news because there’s a hiring freeze in effect for years to come (waiting for examiners to leave or retire).

The reader asked: “Does the EPO have branches in Prague and Lisbon?”

If any EPO insiders/friends are aware of something, please do get in touch.

It was almost exactly one year ago that António Campinos was involved in an outsourcing scandal; he tried hard to suppress debate about it.

If anyone out there can send us information regarding Prague and Lisbon EPO jobs, we’ll be able to clarify. Nobody else is likely to cover it. The EPO does not operate there, at least not yet, and back in the days people entertained the possibility of EPO expanding to Romania for ‘cost savings’. Does Campinos have ‘plans’ he isn’t sincere about? There’s no disputing the fact that under Campinos the EPO is even less transparent than it was under Battistelli.

09.11.18

Fresh Rumours of Further Accelerated Layoffs at the European Patent Office (EPO)

Posted in Europe, Patents, Rumour at 6:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The EPO’s new President did it in EUIPO less than a year ago

EUIPO outsourcing

Summary: The latest rumours that swirl in Munich is that layoffs are coming that aren’t just ‘shadowed’ and, adding insult to injury, these will involve literally insulting fired examiners (blaming them rather than the management’s deliberately bad strategy)

THE EPO already undergoes layoffs, albeit in 'shadowed' form, as we’ve repeatedly noted. There was a severe case of firing for that notorious "incompetence" less than a week ago, i.e. only a few days after the summer vacation had ended.

“There’s meanwhile nothing that can save the Office.”The latest Isar rumour, according to a reliable source, is that many examiners will be removed soon because of “incompetence”.

We doubt that even examiners would be surprised if they heard that. It’s almost expected and we’re guessing that the rumour is based on something that someone heard from the management. We already heard similar rumours half a year ago (the numbers suggested around 1,000 firings).

So much for a future-proof Office of “excellence,” as Battistelli loved to put it. He excused his own incompetence by asserting that others were incompetent… while calling those who spoke out about it “Nazis” (the projection tactics go a long way at the EPO).

António Campinos is already experienced at layoffs and covering them up.

There’s meanwhile nothing that can save the Office. Applications are slow to come in, the costs have become harder to justify because of the declining quality of examination, and the UPC is dead.

07.14.18

‘Transaction’ Complete: Former EPO Executive From Belgium Takes the Seat of António Campinos at EU-IPO

Posted in Europe, Patents, Rumour at 2:36 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Brussels, Belgium

Summary: Rumours that Belgium made a back room deal with Battistelli may be further substantiated with the just-confirmed appointment of Archambeau

THE predictions we made turn out to be right on point again. Not only did António Campinos swap a seat with Battistelli at EPO but also at a French institution. We’ve called that “musical chairs”.

“Did corrupt Battistelli make an alleged ‘exchange’ with Belgium (similar to a vote-buying exercise) and what did Campinos know throughout all this?”Archambeau, who came from the EPO and is Belgian, also gets the top job at EU-IPO (just published in German is Helena Hause’s article titled EUIPO successor: Archambeau to become the new Executive Director).

The Belgian Jérôme Debrulle is rumoured to have played an indirect role. In reverse chronological order, here is an explanation of what’s going on here and what happened behind the scenes:

Did corrupt Battistelli make an alleged ‘exchange’ with Belgium (similar to a vote-buying exercise) and what did Campinos know throughout all this? It would be a damn shame if EU-IPO, part of the EU, got embroiled in or tainted by EPO corruption. As readers may recall, there was already a scandal associated with the immunity of António Campinos at the EU-IPO. Is anyone ever going to properly investigate these things?

06.11.18

Another Victim of Corrupt Benoît Battistelli

Posted in Europe, Patents, Rumour at 12:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Thuggery at the EPO is taking its toll on the mental health of staff

Mafia Battistelli

Summary: The judge whom Battistelli attacked, Judge Corcoran, is rumoured to be in a psychiatric hospital after 3.5 years of legal battles and defamation against him

THE plague of suicides at the EPO is undeniable and it can directly be linked to Battistelli’s policies, (mis)behaviour, and sheer abuses.

“Topić is known for causing that (in Croatia), just like Battistelli.”Causing one’s perceived opponents to commit suicide or sink into depression isn’t a novel tactic. Topić is known for causing that (in Croatia), just like Battistelli. We know for a fact that both have been bullying — in several courtrooms (and countries) — Judge Corcoran and in a recent press dialogue/interview Corcoran’s lawyer said she thankful that Mr. Corcoran is still alive after all the abuse he was subjected to by Battistelli and his ‘bulldog’.

“Prowling around the corridors of the Isar building, Märpel learnt unfortunate news,” Märpel wrote last night. “It appears that Mr. Corcoran is in hospital. Märpel heard he was sent to be treated for “psychiatric reasons”. Märpel has no access to the medical file and cats are not familiar of psychiatric hospitals, but there are few reasons to be sent to a psychiatric hospital in Germany. The most common one is when the patient is in danger of committing suicide.”

Benoît Battistelli, if he has any morsel of guilt left in him, might be able to ‘medicate’ himself with some wine, having repeatedly abused people who ‘dared’ (or had the courage) to mention his corruption.

05.09.18

Rumours Confirmed: Latest EPO Official Journal Misused to Promote Battistelli’s (and Campinos’) Employer, Another EPO Employee Has Just Been ‘Corcoranised’

Posted in Europe, Patents, Rumour at 10:59 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Battistelli is drunk on power, not just on wine

Some alcohol troubles

Summary: CEIPI is being shamelessly advertised in official publications of the EPO and employees have their rights trampled upon, allegedly with the sole intention/purpose of scaring workers

OUR record when it comes to EPO rumours is a pretty decent one. Almost everything that we publish under the banner of “Rumour” later turns out to be correct.

Last week we wrote about the EPO Official Journal being (mis)used to shamelessly market an employer of Campinos which Battistelli will soon take over. We wrote this based on our own observation and in the meanwhile sought independent verification of our judgment. Surely enough, after some internal consultation, a trusted person said: “I can confirm you that the CEIPI spam you referred to is only there for the purpose of the Cancer’s [Battistelli's] self promotion…”

It’s like Battistelli lacks any fear of being held accountable. This kind of abuse — or dare we say “corruption” — has become so banal.

“Those who pretend that things have calmed down at the EPO certainly aren’t paying attention.”“I can also confirm to you,” the person continued, “that another EPO employee has been “corcoranised”. The reasons may have to do with low production figures, but the referred person was denied a due process. This examiner has probably been fired “pour l’exemple”. Middle management (the metastasis) applies right now a maximum of pressure and squeeze the last drops from staff as they fear a massive production decrease as soon as the main Tumor leaves the EPO. And much more to come!”

The employee being "corcoranised" (not our term) was reported by us hours after it had happened. Those who pretend that things have calmed down at the EPO certainly aren't paying attention.

05.07.18

Rumour: The European Patent Office Has Just ‘Done a Patrick Corcoran’ Again (Forced Removal)

Posted in Europe, Patents, Rumour at 6:17 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The Corcoran affair is the subject of investigative journalism in Germany these days [PDF]

An eviction

Summary: Amid the systematic destruction of the Office and by extension the Organisation as well (e.g. judges from the ‘outside’) we learn that there may have been another troublesome ‘eviction’ in Eponia (hours ago)

Can anyone confirm that an EPO employee based Munich was forcefully removed earlier today? We were told so by a reliable source. We don’t know for sure if this is true (our source does not know either), but might other sources suggest that this actually happened today (Monday)? It was 3.5 years ago that Judge Patrick Corcoran was removed from his office in Munich. He had to wait 3 years for ILO to rule in his favour several times, forcing the EPO’s management to reinstate him (although he was soon thereafter sent to ‘exile’ in another country with a demotion).

“It was 3.5 years ago that Judge Patrick Corcoran was removed from his office in Munich. He had to wait 3 years for ILO to rule in his favour several times, forcing the EPO’s management to reinstate him (although he was soon thereafter sent to ‘exile’ in another country with a demotion).”Speaking of Munich, earlier today the EPO said: “Join us in Munich for this year’s EPO User Day on 18 and 19 June” (linking to a page which speaks of “Update on unitary patent protection”).

Well, forget about the Unitary Patent. It’s dead, more or less, it’s just live enough for Team Battistelli and Team UPC to keep pretending that this zombie can come back to life. Earlier on we saw Alexander Esslinger citing the Bristows lies from IAM. We’re not surprised IAM published lies about the UPC as the EPO’s PR agency paid it to promote UPC agenda. Esslinger wrote:

If #UPC starts post-Brexit a situation is not unlikely that the UK will permanantly participate in the UPC court system but not be covered by a UP (unified patent) https://twitter.com/iam_magazine/status/992750891521503233 …

Another UPC booster followed up with:

Optimism is good, however not entirely convinced the narrative UK post-Brexit UPC (+) and UP (-) will fly (though IMHO the latter is a given).

“Optimism is never good when it sets false expectations and prolongs the disappointment that it inevitably entails,” I told him, “causing financial ruin and bad judgment in the interim…”

Battistelli and Campinos probably hope to replace patent examinations and appeals with the UPC, but they aren’r succeeding. Sure, the EPO is dying (not just its reputation), but so does the UPC/UPCA. They may end up creating a serious vacuum in Europe.

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