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*<span style="background-color: #11ffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2019/11/05/suepo-organises-hague-protest/  SUEPO Organises Hague Protest — Second EPO Protest in a Fortnight, Targeting the Portuguese Embassy in The Hague]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2019/11/05/maths-and-stats-swpats/ The EPO Instructs European Examiners to Grant Junk Patents on Algorithms (Maths and Stats)]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2019/11/05/maths-and-stats-swpats/ The EPO Instructs European Examiners to Grant Junk Patents on Algorithms (Maths and Stats)]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #cccc99;">[http://techrights.org/2019/11/05/the-sme-facade/ The European Patent Office (EPO) Carelessly Shows the Only 'Small' 'Businesses' It Serves Are Law Firms and Patent Trolls]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #cccc99;">[http://techrights.org/2019/11/05/the-sme-facade/ The European Patent Office (EPO) Carelessly Shows the Only 'Small' 'Businesses' It Serves Are Law Firms and Patent Trolls]</span>

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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; the problem was obscured by publishers like IAM but repeatedly stressed by SUEPO, the Staff Union of the EPO. There were even more mischievous practices going on, especially after the EPO's former head, Alison Brimelow, got replaced by a megalomaniac called Benoît Battistelli (now in CEIPI), who gradually drove away anything or anyone who threatened his undemocratic ambition of total power. He was helped by Jesper Kongstad, Christoph Ernst, Raimund Lutz, and Željko Topić. There was a culture of blatant nepotism (e.g. Elodie Bergot) and disrespect for courts, e.g. Willy (Guillaume) Minnoye stating intent to ignore (disobey) court rulings. He even rejected ILO rulings and sought an unconstitutional court, the UPC, promoted by big litigators such as Bristows LLP. Battistelli chose António Campinos, a French dual national (born in France) from EUIPO, as his successor (soon joined by former colleague Nellie Simon and Stephen Rowan from UKIPO). Both block Techrights at all sites, not just In Germany, in order to prevent staff from accessing facts; IP Kat was also temporarily blocked (until it stopped exposing EPO abuses).

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 deaths/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

2019

November

October

September

August

July

June

May

April

March

February

January

2018

December

November

October

September

August

July

June

May

April

March

February

January

2017

December

November

October

September

August

July

June

May

April

March

February

January

2016

December

November

October

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

August

July

June

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

April

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

February

January

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

December

November