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The European Patent Office (EPO) has been granting software patents in Europe despite the law (as per the EPC) explicitly forbidding it. The profit motive ultimately compromised patent quality. There are even more mischievous practices going on, especially after the EPO's former head, Alison Brimelow, got replaced by a megalomaniac called Benoît Battistelli, who gradually drove away anything or anyone who threatens his undemocratic ambition of total power.

Techrights wrote about the EPO in the following posts, organised chronologically, with addition of the following colour coding for improved organisation:


Scope Repression Labour Above the law Credibility
Software (abstract) patents Institutional abuse Staff suicides Ignoring court orders or due process Budgetary issues
Patents on life Censorship/Gagging Crushing protests Crushing oversight or other branches Reputation issues (EU)
Patent maximalism/UPC DDOS Union-busting Character assassination/Defamation Favouritism/Nepotism
Patent trolls Legal bullying Abolishing workers' rights Propaganda/Misinformation/Paying the media Conflict of interest/Dubious connections
Systemic synthesis Illegal surveillance State within a state Alleged bribery Organisational crisis

Contents

[edit] 2016

[edit] September

Willy Minnoye, a top-level manager who declared the EPO would disregard even the highest court rulings
Willy Minnoye, a top-level manager who declared the EPO would disregard even the highest court rulings

[edit] August

[edit] July

[edit] June

[edit] May

To better control and manipulate the international media, the EPO gave a massive contract to a US-based PR firm, FTI Consulting
To better control and manipulate the international media, the EPO gave a massive contract to a US-based PR firm, FTI Consulting

[edit] April

[edit] March

The Office contracted a military-connected and Stasi-connected (through Desa) entity, Control Risks Group, in order to engage in illegal spying inside the Office
The Office contracted a military-connected and Stasi-connected (through Desa) entity, Control Risks Group, in order to engage in illegal spying inside the Office

[edit] February

[edit] January

[edit] 2015

Benoît Battistelli (Office President) and Jesper Kongstad (Chairman of the Council) demonstrate that the overseers, the Administrative Council, have become subservient rather than supervisory
Benoît Battistelli (Office President) and Jesper Kongstad (Chairman of the Council) demonstrate that the overseers, the Administrative Council, have become subservient rather than supervisory

[edit] December

[edit] November

[edit] October

[edit] September

[edit] August

[edit] July

[edit] June

[edit] May

[edit] April

[edit] March

[edit] February

In order to paint a rosy picture about so-called 'production' (measured incorrectly), the EPO lowered the patent quality bar, repeating the mistakes of the US patent system where litigation and/or patent feuds have gone out of control
In order to paint a rosy picture about so-called 'production' (measured incorrectly), the EPO lowered the patent quality bar, repeating the mistakes of the US patent system where litigation and/or patent feuds have gone out of control

[edit] January

[edit] 2014

[edit] Special report on EPO

Željko Topić received a top job (Vice-President) alongside Benoît Battistelli in spite of notoriety and many ongoing criminal charges in his home country, Croatia
Željko Topić received a top job (Vice-President) alongside Benoît Battistelli in spite of notoriety and many ongoing criminal charges in his home country, Croatia


[edit] 2013

[edit] 2012

[edit] 2011

[edit] 2010

[edit] 2009

[edit] 2008

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