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Storm Brewing in the European Patent Office After a Hot Summer

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Summary: Things aren't rosy in EPOnia (to say the least); in fact, things have been getting a lot worse lately, but the public wouldn't know judging by what media tells the public (almost nothing)

THE European Patent Office (EPO) may have seemed quiet this past summer. Not much said, not much done. Under the surface, however, the EPO and the USPTO worked to promote software patents and 'finish Battistelli's job'...



"Another strike may sooner or later come to the EPO, but it's not easy."Quality of European Patents is already quite appalling -- a subject we'll tackle separately in our next posts.

Another strike may sooner or later come to the EPO, but it's not easy. Things are deteriorating very fast in Munich, but the public isn't seeing it. The media has been muzzled by EPO bribes and threats (we've provided proof of both). SUEPO should, in our humble assessment, call for a strike or say something, but its site has been dormant for nearly a month now (last updated August 20th). Staff representatives ought to call for a strike again. It's clear that nothing is improving, so why wait until it's too late? Do it for Europe and for the EPO (what it used to be). I myself, as a software developer, am terrified to see the direction the EPO has taken. It's a threat not only to labour rights and the rule of law; there's a commercial and technical impact as well.

"The real news in Europe is about EPO and other institutions (the EPO's rot extends to other institutions)."Some readers have sent us input; no doubt corporate media will ignore all this information, as usual, even if this is Europe's second-largest body breaking the law. Such media thinks (or 'feels') corruption at the EPO is not news, whereas Cristiano Ronaldo merely "reveal[ing] marriage plans" is 'news' of the year!

The real news in Europe is about EPO and other institutions (the EPO's rot extends to other institutions). The real news is not Christiano Ronaldo but the Portuguese tyrant of EPO (and former/ex-EU official, António Campinos) attacking the law itself. He did that at EUIPO, so why not EPO as well?

"...all this while fronting for global robber barons and their protectionist mechanisms, which are neither good to Dutch people nor to Europe."The past few days have been very busy (relatively speaking) at the higher floors of the EPO in Munich. Bad things. Very bad things.

The EPO has just thrown a major punch on the face of all staff while throwing out this fluff, perhaps in order to distract? (warning: epo.org link)

"EPO welcomes 750 visitors during Netherlands’ national heritage days," it says. Go on and fake your patriotism. "The EPO welcomed 750 visitors to its new premises at its new premises in Rijswijk last weekend as part of the Netherlands' national heritage days," it says. Pseudo-nationalism (or patriotism) from the EPO up on display; all this while fronting for global robber barons and their protectionist mechanisms, which are neither good to Dutch people nor to Europe. What might this help distract from? Details in our next post.

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