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Patent Maximalists Have Ruined the European Patent Office, Which Became a Lying Organisation That Bullies Everyone

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Summary: An introspection of the second-largest institution in Europe, which together with EUIPO just lies to the public in order to justify what it does

THE European Patent Office (EPO) is quite the extremist organisation. It's a bully. It's a thug. Both inwards and outwards. It tortures its staff mentally, sometimes into suicide. It also intimidates journalists and bloggers. The EPO now employs a law firm to also bully a disabled person. How can they even find the moral courage? Or immoral 'courage'... how?



A lot of greedy law firms and their lawyers go wherever the money is (here's a new article to that effect). Some of these pompous sociopaths even took the EPO's money to bully me. And for what? For exposing corruption at the EPO? Several law firms and several different people sent me threatening letters. They're SLAPP lawyers. They're not using their licence to do justice but to protect injustice. How about all those people who work in “AYE PEE”? They do not protect “property”; they protect rich raiders from better equality in society. They’re complicit in unjust oppression. I'm not against patents (per se or otherwise); I never was; what I oppose is patent extremism, which is what I believe the EPO to have given in to. The EPO is a thuggish institution which breaks laws at every level. Nobody should tolerate this (anywhere!), no matter one's views on patents and patent scope. If we value the law itself -- including patent law -- then every violation of it (or attempts to discard it) should be strongly condemned.

"Nobody should tolerate this (anywhere!), no matter one's views on patents and patent scope. If we value the law itself -- including patent law -- then every violation of it (or attempts to discard it) should be strongly condemned."Patent extremism isn't a new problem; we mentioned it earlier this week and we write about it virtually every week (in one form or another). Consider the AIPPI Congress "Report" (lengthy coverage in [1, 2, 3]) from IP Kat. It comes almost exclusively from a chronically lying firm, Bristows LLP. Sarah Blair (formerly of Bristows) via Annsley Merelle Ward (Bristows) wrote about the AIPPI Congress, which we mentioned here last week. It's an echo chamber of patent extremists. This is their annual 'Mecca'. Curiously enough, this UPC propagandist barely even mentioned UPC, except in this (in the third part): "He completed a spirited run-through of the different IP rights and how they may be affected by Brexit, the current state of the Unified Patent Court, exhaustion and enforcement in record time."

Nothing else was said about UPC. Maybe she too is belatedly sobering up a bit? After years of Kool-Aid?

Either way, the EPO persists with its toxic agenda. As soon as this week began the EPO wrote about translations made by a computer (as it habitually does). People can read these, maybe, but not understand. These automated translations are notoriously awful and not legally valid. But the EPO is racing to the bottom with automated texts, low quality of service, and unmanned services (AI or “HEY HI!”). It's all about cost-cutting, but at what expense? Can we rely on such a system?

"Last week," the same account continued, "EPO examiners from all areas exchanged know-how and learned about the newest #techtrends at a conference in The Hague. It was our first event aimed at harmonising best practices & developing patenting competencies."

They then mention 3-D printing; certainly the EPO knows that 3-D printing is a case against the patent system because just like UAVs it's an area where patents held back innovation for several decades. This is common knowledge; it's routinely being mentioned online and offline.

On the same day the EPO spoke of "[t]he very first EPO- @LESIntl conference will be in Dublin. If you want to learn how to create an IP strategy that supports your business strategy..."

"They then mention 3-D printing; certainly the EPO knows that 3-D printing is a case against the patent system because just like UAVs it's an area where patents held back innovation for several decades."Why even be baffled when the EPO can just liaise with a patent trolls' front group, in public, rather than pretend otherwise? We can all see whose interests EPO management serves. For the second day in a row the EPO then tweeted or retweeted promotion of its alliance with this patent trolls' front group: "Register now for the Intellectual Property themed conference in Dublin @EPOorg @LESintl and listen to the podcast which interviews Jürgen Graner..."

Yesterday morning the EPO and EUIPO then make an announcement. As readers are aware, EUIPO has had corruption spreading to it from EPO management. They co-produce marketing propaganda for law firms every year and the EPO posted this teaser early in the week: "Stay tuned: We will soon publish the results of a joint study with @EU_IPO on the impact of IPR-intensive industries on economic performance in the EU."

Then, at 5AM it published this; then again at 8AM: "New study shows the impact of IPR-intensive industries on GDP, employment & trade in Europe: http://bit.ly/IPRindustries19 Higher wages: +47% up to +72% 1 in 3 jobs 45% of the EU’s GDP 80% of the EU’s external trade..."

"EPO/EUIPO conflate "businesses use trademarks and patents" with "business succeed BECAUSE of trademarks and patents" (as usual, they do this annually)."A site called ResponseSource was ready as soon as 5AM with the EPO puff piece, so people can see it's not a news site but a PR collusion that said: "Industries that make an above average use of intellectual property rights (IPRs) such as patents, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright generate 45% of GDP (EUR 6.6 trillion) in the EU annually and account for 63 million jobs (29% of all jobs). In the UK, these IP rights-intensive industries account for more than 8.4 million jobs (28.1% of all UK jobs), and contribute more than EUR 1 trillion to the country’s GDP. These are among the findings of a joint report released today by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on the importance of IPRs for the EU economy between 2014 and 2016."

This was composed by the EPO itself. Compare to this press release (warning: epo.org link). It's identical.

EPO/EUIPO conflate "businesses use trademarks and patents" with "business succeed BECAUSE of trademarks and patents" (as usual, they do this annually). Moreover, the EPO keeps shooting down claims that it's detached from the EU when it co-produces 'studies' with EUIPO because EPO management wants to keep committing crimes without being held accountable by any European authorities. The above so-called 'study' is based on a lie and to work for EPO and EUIPO management you have to deliberately lie. That's why many at the top are lawyers (liars).

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