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Brexit/Trump Effect: Patent Systems With Institutional Corruption and Nepotism

Jo Johnson rumoured to be the next IP minister

Jo Johnson



Summary: Rumours about Britain's head of patents (and copyrights etc.) being the brother of the Brexit campaigner and Foreign Minister; meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, rumours suggest that the corrupt judge Rader might be the next head of patents in the United States

"Hold onto your hats," IAM wrote yesterday, "we have just heard that Jo Johnson - brother of UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson - is to become the UK's IP minister. [...] Jo Johnson was on other side to his brother in EU referendum - he supported the Remain side. Some claim Boris may have done, too - secretly."



Is he really the one to replace Lucy, whose departure was quietly confirmed? And if so, what does that say about the state of British politics? Is it the 'Trump effect' or the 'Bergot effect'? [1, 2, 3, 4]

Jo "Johnson joined the Financial Times in 1997," according to Wikipedia. That's the 'news' paper that the EPO bribed in exchange for puff pieces and apparently also for the pro-UPC propaganda.

What would Johnson do about UPC ratification at times of Brexit, which his brother is still advocating? We don't even know for sure yet if there's anything to the rumour.

"Is it the ‘Trump effect’ or the ‘Bergot effect’?"Dr. Luke McDonagh, an academic from London who insists that UPC and Brexit are hardly compatible, says he "will be speaking at Oxford University on IP Litigation post-Brexit on 26th Jan" and here is the outline of what's at stake:

Each year the OIPRC hosts a number of leading academics from around the world as part of its Invited Speaker Series. These events typically run from 5:15-6:45pm on Thursday evenings at St. Peter’s College; if the venue or time is different, it will be noted on the Events calendar. The Speaker Series consists of a presentation of about 45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session with the assembled group of academic staff, students (both undergraduate and graduate), researchers, and interested members of the public. Discussion is informal and includes participants from several disciplines, with a wide range of prior knowledge.


Meanwhile, over in the United States, USPTO Director Lee is rumoured to be on her way out and some people, as we noted here before, say that the corrupt Rader (raider) might be her successor. Benjamin Henrion wrote about it, as did other opposers of software patents. Rader is a man of serious ethical breaches, not only software patenting (patent maximalism) and patent trolling. Now that Trump is expressing intent to put reckless people in charge of everything (foxes guarding the hen house) Rader would be more of the same.

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