Bonum Certa Men Certa

The Good, the Bad, and the Truly Awful in Patent Law

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Summary: We take a quick look at yesterday's news roundup (and items in it that expose issues in the patent system)

THE trolling or trigger-happy companies are ever more aggressive [1-2] and patent boosters or patent maximalists aren't getting past the fact that the Unitary Patent is doomed [3-5]. Some sites finally take note of the EPO's staff [6]. They otherwise just repeat mindless nonsense from Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos, as happened with Managing IP yesterday [7], and in the United States it looks like pro-35 U.S.C. €§ 101/Alice (SCOTUS) elements are being put in charge as Trump-appointed U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) leadership steps down proactively [8]. Those are the people who gave us the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) inter partes reviews (IPRs) and served to improve patent quality [9]. They're one of the reasons the Federal Circuit keeps tossing out software patents, including those that otherwise cause needless embargoes (ITC/injunctions).



"The video above ties together some of those things and we're generally encouraged to see growing debate about what's shown by the Staff Union of the EPO (SUEPO)."This was all in yesterday's coverage alone, even if much of it comes from misleading and self-serving sites of law firms. The video above ties together some of those things and we're generally encouraged to see growing debate about what's shown by the Staff Union of the EPO (SUEPO). Maybe that's the kind of thing that the EPO management has been desperate to distract for? As a side note, the EPO finally managed to fix its Web site. They have far too many such incidents for a multi-billion (euros) institution, maybe due to loss of talent.

Links/items from the videos:

  1. Fintiv Denials Playing a Role in Huawei Assertion Campaign
  2. Ericsson VP's dissent from European Commission's expert group report on standard-essential patents draws mockery
  3. Unitary patent system tipped as next biggest IP development in Europe
  4. Richard Beddard: the challenge of scoring two top-flight companies
  5. No UK withdrawal from the EPO despite plan to join CPTPP, says government spokesperson
  6. Survey: EPO working conditions continue to deteriorate
  7. EUIPO-EPO report shows companies with IP make more money
  8. Senator Leahy to Take Chair of IP Subcommittee
  9. Omnitek Partners patent determined to be likely invalid

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