Bonum Certa Men Certa

When A Source of Pollution and Corruption Paints Itself Green

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Summary: In order to distract from EPO scandals or whiten (paint as green rather) the reputation of the Office a new media campaign started, basically celebrating patents as if they're a solution to global warming

THE EPO's "orange one" has embarked on another greenwashing campaign, just like the ENArque, Benny.



Is orange the new green?

"The EPO isn't all happiness and windmills; it's an institution that oppresses people and contributes a lot to pollution, as the video points out."The video above shows the reach of this latest PR campaign, which the EPO likely wastes a lot of money on.

Is this what a patent office supposed to have spent money on? How about paying your staff? Instead of cutting pay (relative to inflation)...

Two atrocious puff pieces penned or published on the same day (Tuesday) want you to think EPO saves the planet (warning: epo.org link) and conducts 'studies' (warning: epo.org link). In reality, however, the EPO is grossly misusing funds to bribe scholars (for self-serving propaganda; there are strings attached) and this greenwashing of patents actually helps monopolies which deny access to solutions/mitigation techniques. More greenwashing stunts, as we noted on Tuesday...

The video above shows 4 new puff pieces, prepared in collaboration with the EPO [1, 2, 3, 4]. The first one we saw in English was published by Deutsche Welle (DW), which (as we said this morning), "has been reduced to mouthpiece of corrupt EPO management, greenwashing an institution that should be on trial for serious crimes. Did DW too take bribes from the EPO or is this PR voluntary?"

The wordings in those puff pieces (also the attribution and logos) suggest close coordination with the EPO. It's not journalism, it's just marketing or lobbying. They also quote António Campinos as if he's some kind of expert (he clearly isn't), unlike IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol, who is quoted as writing (in a press release): "Around half the emissions reductions to get to net zero by 2050 may need to come from technologies that are not yet on the market..."

He means patents, not technologies.

Patents don't do anything; manufacturing does.

So, in short, the EPO pretends to be doing studies (propaganda with the veneer or lustre of "science"), clearly a misuse of a patent office for objectives unrelated to it. Are some of these publications bribed (the EPO does bribe publishers, it even brags about this in its annual reports) and, if so, how far does the corrupting power of the EPO stretch? This needs to stop. The EPO isn't all happiness and windmills; it's an institution that oppresses people and contributes a lot to pollution, as the video points out.

An old windmill

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