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== 2020 ==
== 2020 ==
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=== October ===
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/10/13/lobbying-as-news/ We’ve Relegated UPC ‘Fake News’ to Our Daily Links (Because It Has Gotten Increasingly Ridiculous)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/10/13/caricature-epo-diversity/ Cartoon: Internal EPO Caricature About the Direction the Office Has Taken]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/10/09/poorer-epo-workers/ EPO Management is Making Patent Examiners Poorer and Shuts Out the Union]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ddffbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/10/09/epo-covid-19-rules/ EPO Management is Violating COVID-19 Rules That Managers Gladly Flout While Threatening Staff (Because They're Above the Law, Which They Routinely Break)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/10/08/wouter-pors-on-upc/ This Did Not Age Well: UPC to Start... 5 Years Ago]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/10/04/cant-come-back-to-work/ EPO Management Threatens People Who Come Back to Work]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #11ffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/10/03/the-epo-is-far-too-rogue-to-reform-itself/ The EPO is Far Too Rogue to Reform Itself]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/10/02/epo-quality-sewer/ Watchtroll Demonises People Wrongly Accused of Patent Infringement (or Sued Using Fake Patents), Suggests or Insinuates EPO is More Lenient Than Today's USPTO]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/10/02/upc-selection-bias/ Credibility Crisis of UPC Boosters]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/10/01/unified-patent-court-bundesrat/ Propaganda Regarding UPC Legislation Progresses Through Bristows (as Usual)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/10/01/greenwashing-and-corruption/ Greenwashing the Corruption of the European Patent Office]</span>
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=== September ===
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/28/innovative-distraction/ EPO Management Looks for New and 'Innovative' Ways to Exploit Scientists and Distract From EPO Corruption]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/23/epo-china-greenwashing/ The Latest Greenwashing Campaign by the EPO is Just 'Chinese Propaganda']</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #11ffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/20/copaxone-patent-deemed-invalid/ High-Profile and Invalid (Invalidated) European Patents Harm the Presumption of Validity of European Patents]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/20/ads-as-podcasts/ Epitaph for (Death of) Patent-Centric Media: Litigation Giant Bird &amp; Bird Nowadays Doing Ads as 'Podcasts' in Think Tank Site 'Managing IP']</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/18/epo-survey-2020/ More EPO Disclosures: An Explanation of How an EPO Survey Plots to Dismantle the EPO's Staff]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/17/unitary-patent-vs-international-agreements/ Germany Would Violate 3 International Agreements With the Unitary Patent, Says FFII]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #cceeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/17/the-mask-slipped-off/ Meme: António Campinos Fools Nobody at the EPO Anymore]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #cceeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/17/epo-heist/ EPO Gradually Becomes a Set of Private Corporations (Some Aren't Even European and Work Against Europeans)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/16/antonio-campinos-translation/ António Campinos is Believed to be “Dismantling” the EPO]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #aaeeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/15/call-for-information-about-the-epo/ Solidarity at the EPO Means Resisting the EPO's Management and Supporting Colleagues]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #11ffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/15/brushing-aside-epo-issues/ Meme: EPO Cannot Recover by Brushing Aside Issues and by Bribing the Media]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/15/team-upc-backlash/ Team UPC Has Run Out of Allies as Even Patent Lawyers Increasingly Distance Themselves and Only Junior Staff is Still Willing to Lie for the Team]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ffddbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/15/nsa-epo-with-choice/ EPO Oral Proceedings Have Been Outsourced to the United States (Proprietary Software With Surveillance Back Doors)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/14/breaking-international-law/ Team UPC Wants Germany to Break International Law]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/13/dpma-epos/ Fake Patents Granted by the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) and the EPO's Misleading Propaganda Video Series (Conflating Patents With Other Things) Exploits Dead People]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/12/upc-hoax/ UPC 'Progress' or Hoax?]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/08/antonio-campinos-swpats-meme/ Meme: António the Computer Genius]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #cceeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/08/epo-information-deficit/ Information Deficit at the European Patent Office]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/02/law360-on-epo/ Law360 Says the EPO's Popularity is Decreasing]</span>
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=== August ===
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*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/08/22/swpats-paid-propaganda/ Managing 'Intellectual Property' (Managing 'IP') is Promoting Software Patents for a Fee]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #aaeeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/08/20/six-years-of-epo-scandals/ Six Years of EPO Scandals]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #aaeeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/08/20/unpublished-epo-files-and-archives/ Unpublished EPO Material]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/08/19/ffii-ec-public-consultation/ Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) on the European Commission 'Public' Consultation Regarding a Misnomer]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #aaeeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/08/19/unmasking-the-epo/ Meme: Always Masking the EPO]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #aaeeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/08/18/bergot-streisand-effect/ Bergot-Streisand Effect: The EPO Tried to Spike These Publications (and Succeeded for 4 Years Until This Was Ruled Unlawful)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #aaeeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/08/18/institutionalised-injustice-csc/ The Central Staff Committee of the EPO Remarks on Unlawful Censorship by the Office]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #aaeeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/08/18/epo-censorship-rebuked-sir-paul-mahoney/ EPO Censorship Rebuked by Former UK Human Rights Judge]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/08/17/exploiting-covid/ EPO Should Quit Blaming COVID-19 for Its Demise]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/08/17/goodbye-team-upc/ Team UPC Has Almost Vanished]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/08/11/europe-deserves-better-than-epo/ Europe Deserves Better Than Today's EPO]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #cccc99;">[http://techrights.org/2020/08/11/epo-swimming-with-sharks/ European Patent Office Management Swims With Sharks and Liars]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/08/01/epo-barely-diverse/ Meme: Testosterone Patent Office]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/08/01/epo-lgbt/ The Criminals Who Run the EPO Are Exploiting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People to Distract From Their Corruption and Crimes]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/08/01/epo-telework/ EPO Workers Are Losing Their Homes and Losing Their Time Off; It's All About So-called 'Production']</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/31/managing-ip-fake-news/ Managing IP Still Champions Fake 'News' for Team UPC]</span>
=== July ===
=== July ===
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/20/crazy-team-upc/ [Meme/Humour] This is Just How Crazy Team UPC Has Become]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #cceeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/28/good-to-be-king/ It's Good to be King (of EPOnia)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/28/epo-demolishing-facts/ Meme: Demolishing Facts, As Always, With Help From IAM 'Magazine']</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #aaeeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/28/sz-self-censorship/ When the Mainstream German Media Stops Reporting or Even Talking About EPO Scandals for No Valid Reason/s]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ddffbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/28/party-time-in-eponia/ Meme: Party Time in EPOnia]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #aaeeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/28/badge-of-honour/ Weeks of DDOS Attacks Simply Mean We're Effective and This Illegal DDOS Campaign Won't Discourage Techrights]</span> (partly about EPO)
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*<span style="background-color: #bbffa1;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/27/a-dude-and-a-dud/ Meme: EPO Administrative Council Replaced One Dude With a Dud]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/27/epo-code-of-conduct/ EPO Management Wants to Introduce 'Code of Conduct' With Which to Impose Censorship of Staff Representatives' Communications With Staff]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/27/contrary-to-common-myths-free-software-and-gnulinux-are-typically-way-ahead-of-proprietary-software-which-copies-and-then-patents/ Contrary to Common Myths, Free Software and GNU/Linux Are Typically Way Ahead of Proprietary Software (Which Copies and Then Patents)]</span> (partly about EPO)
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/27/working-from-home/ Golden Cages Are Still Cages and Working From Home Can Become a Legal Mess]</span> (partly about EPO)
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/26/holidays-in-eponia/ No Real Holiday in EPOnia ('Island' of the European Patent Office)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #99ccaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/26/techrights-and-eu/ Techrights Supports the EU. That Does Not Mean Support for Today's EPO. The EPO Lost Its Way (and Head).]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/26/meme-european-patent-optics/ Meme: European Patent Optics]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #11ffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/26/epo-non-journalism/ The EPO is Still a Sordid Mess and the Media Doesn't Talk About That, So Where Do We Go From Here?]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/24/unitary-patent-disagreement/ Art 7(2) UPCA Doomed Unitary Patent (UPC) for Good]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #cceeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/24/meme-inhumane-epo/ Meme: Inhumane EPO]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #cceeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/24/decade-of-battistelli-takeover/ Ten Years Since 'EPO 9/11']</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #aaeeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/23/epo-mafia-2020/ Judging by What the EPO Did to European Media, in Effect Dooming It, Workers of the EPO Are Right to Call Their Managers “Mafia”]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/23/epo-outsourcing-2020/ EQE to Become Another Example of EPO Outsourcing]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/23/upc-meme/ Meme: This Did Not Age Well, Did It?]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/23/unitary-patent-status/ EPO Insider on Unitary Patent (UPC): “There is No Longer a Legal Context and No One Left to Implement It and Nothing to Be Rescued.”]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/23/exploiting-covid-19/ A Very Corrupt EPO Uses COVID-19 to Pretend to be Benevolent (Politicians Running Technical Institutions as Recipe for Failure)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/22/upc-layoffs/ Meme: Team UPC Layoffs Are Next]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/22/upc-has-sailed-away/ Very Strong Consensus That the UPC is Dead for Good (The UPC Hopefuls Might Try Another Thing, But It Can Take Almost a Decade)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/21/self-inflicted-upc-wound/ As Techrights Predicted All Along, UPC Support Would Become a Self-Inflicted Wound for Germany and the EU (or European Commission)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/21/independence-from-upc/ Meme/Humour: July 20, 2020: Independence From UPC]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/21/upc-consensus/ The General Consensus is That UPC is Dead, Which Means Many European Patents Are Also Dead (or Zombies)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/21/qualcomm-patent-trolls/ Unified Patents Comes to Europe, Challenging Bogus Software Patents That EPO Should Never Have Granted]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/20/crazy-team-upc/ Meme/Humour: This is Just How Crazy Team UPC Has Become]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/20/uk-officially-exits-from-the-upc/ Final Death for UPC: UK Officially Withdraws, Leaving Only France]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/20/uk-officially-exits-from-the-upc/ Final Death for UPC: UK Officially Withdraws, Leaving Only France]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/19/amplifying-lies-again/ Marketing Illegal Things at the European Patent Office and Amplifying Old Lies About UPC]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/19/amplifying-lies-again/ Marketing Illegal Things at the European Patent Office and Amplifying Old Lies About UPC]</span>

Revision as of 21:15, 13 October 2020

The European Patent Office (EPO) has been granting software patents all across 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 EPO 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). EPO problems persist to date, but European media is reluctant to mention these.

We've archived older articles in the following pages: EPO 2018 Archive | EPO 2017 Archive | EPO 2016 Archive | EPO 2015 Archive | EPO 2008-2014 Archive

In recent years Techrights wrote about the EPO in the below long and short posts, organised chronologically, with addition of the following colour coding for improved organisation based on theme:


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

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