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== 2020 ==
== 2020 ==
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=== December ===
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*<span style="background-color: #aaeeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/12/02/epo-staff-survey-2019/ Censored EPO Publication: Staff Representatives Cannot Comment on the Survey Conducted by the Office's Management]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #aaeeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/12/01/censorship-counterproductive/ Censorship at the EPO is Counterproductive, Rendering the Censored Publications More Seductive and Censored People More Disgruntled]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/12/01/invalid-patents-by-eurovision-childplay/ EPO Management Has No Plans Other Than Granting Loads of Invalid Patents (e.g. Software Patents) to Pocket Fees and Then Grift/Gamble With the Money]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/12/01/an-epo-scam/ Meme: Public Servants Who Only Serve Themselves and Their Predecessors (Who Gave Them the Job)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/12/01/building-a-lie/ Censored EPO Publication: Battistelli Can Have His Multi-Billion Euro EPO Scam, So Why Can't Campinos Too?]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/12/01/lying-to-epo-staff/ Staff Representation of the EPO Explains to EPO Management That It's Breaking the Law, Robbing the Staff, and Lying to Staff]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/12/01/the-breton-coverup/ European Commission's Thierry Breton Covers Up EPO Corruption For His Friend Benoît Battistelli]</span>
=== November ===
=== November ===
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*<span style="background-color: #99ffff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/30/europe-strike-rights/ Management of the EPO Dragged to the International Labour Organisation Over Its Assault on the Right to Strike]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/30/epo-human-rights/ Meme: Management of the EPO Cannot Let the Staff Breathe or Smell Freedom]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ffddbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/30/vico-is-not-new/ “ViCo” is Nothing New (Not Even the Acronym), Done on 9/11 Last Year, Been Possible as Long as the EPO Has Existed]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/30/epo-financial-hoax/ Release: Early Letters and Documents About Financial Hoax Disguised as EPO 'Study']</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/29/managing-ip-puff-pieces/ Managing IP: Puff Pieces Galore for the EPO's Dictatorship (Complete With Buzzwords and PR Stunts)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/29/the-epo-financial-siege/ Release: 4 More Documents and Letters About the Financial Siege at Europe's Second-Largest Institution]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/29/demonstration-epo-2019/ One Year Ago: The Last EPO Demonstration Before COVID-19]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/29/upc-blazes/ Meme: Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) is an Attack on Europe and the European Businesses That Don't Do Litigation]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/29/suepo-to-president-of-the-epo/ Reasons EPO Staff Decided to Go on Strike This Year (Before or Until Coronavirus Prevented It)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/29/save-epo-money/ EPO Can Save Money by “Dropping Events Like the Inventor of the Year, Reducing the Number of Managers, Throwing Less Money at Consultants or Bringing the Boards of Appeal Back into Office Buildings.”]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/29/fate-of-the-upc/ The Real Fate of the UPC 'Stunt' in Germany Will be Known Next Month (or Next Year) and There Are Substantial Constitutional Barriers in the Way]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/28/epo-financial-siege/ Nine Documents About the Financial Siege Against EPO Staff (Past, Present, and Future)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeddaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/28/deaf-epo/ EPO Senior Management (Cabal) “Essentially Deaf to the Proposals From Staff Representatives.”]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #aaeeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/28/no-epo-survey/ EPO Management, Led by António Campinos, Attempted to Stifle or Prevent Staff From Being Surveyed]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #11ffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/28/epo-talent-pool/ The European Patent Office's Central Staff Committee: Office Cannot Recruit Fit-for-Purpose Patent Examiners Anymore]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/27/cannot-demonstrate-and-assemble/ The Time Coronavirus Helped EPO Management Prevent Staff From Protesting and Going on Strike (March 26th)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/26/epo-real-estate/ Cartoon: After Gambling With Workers' Savings the EPO Can Do Real Estate]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/26/upc-pyrrhic-victory/ Meme: UPC's Pyrrhic Victory]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/26/team-upc-spin-thankfully-funny/ Many Thanks to Free Software, the Demise of Software Patents (in Europe and the US), and So Much More]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/26/unitary-patent-song/ The UPC and Unitary Patent Song]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/26/to-german-greens-by-benjamin-henrion/ Open Letter to the German Greens on UPC and Software Patents: Don’t Betray Your Voters and Your Promises, or You Will Regret it]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/26/remote-examiners/ Meme: One Step Away From Replacing Patent Examiners With 'Hey Hi' (AI)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #11ffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/26/epo-reducing-it-to-paper/ European Patent Office (EPO) Reduced to 'Justice Over the Telephone' and Decree by E-mail]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/25/scientists-run-epo/ The European Patent Office Should be Run by Patent Examiners (Scientists), Not Politicians]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ffddbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/25/epo-boa-vico/ Member of the EPO's Boards of Appeal Explains Why VICOs (or ViCo/Video Conferences/Virtual 'Hearings') Are Not Suitable for Justice]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/24/vico-swpats-karma/ Meme: Things Will Get Amusing When/If EPO Proceedings Are Cancelled Due to Patent Trolls Suing the Platforms Using Software Patents (Granted by the EPO)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ffddbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/24/epo-vico-lies/ Dr. Bausch Questions the Merits and Claims of EPO Management Regarding ViCo ('Skynet' Virtual 'Courts')]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #11ffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/24/epo-staff-litigation/ Massive Collective Action Begins at the European Patent Office Today, Demanding Change and Forewarning the Management (Litigation)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/24/corrupting-media-and-academia-again/ EPO Management is Still Distracting From the 'Elephant in the Room' by Corrupting Media and Academia]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeddaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/24/fake-dialogues/ EPO's Central Staff Committee on Latest Meeting With Office Dictator: “No Meaningful Discussion Could Take Place.”]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/24/house-arrest-at-epo/ Growing Concerns That EPO Staff Has Been Placed Under de Facto House Arrest by an Entirely Unaccountable Office]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/23/upc-internal-error/ Internal Error: Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent Incompatible With the Constitution and Basic Laws]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/23/hey-hi-patents/ The EPO is Using Hype Wave and Buzzword to Promote Illegal Software Patents in a So-Called “Digital Conference”]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #11ffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/23/halfway-campinos/ Dutch Delegation and German Delegation at the Administrative Council of the EPO Upset at the Office for Secrecy, Working Behind the Scenes to Crush Productive Staff]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/22/16-for-me-and-1-for-you/ Legal Action at the European Patent Office (EPO) Leveraged Against Management... for Robbing EPO Staff and Robbing Europe, by Extension]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/22/new-position-paper-upc/ New Position Paper on the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Says It’s “Not the Best Solution for Europe” — Clearly an Understatement]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/22/epo-mortality-rates/ Mortality Rates Increase at the EPO and Christmases (or Holidays) During Corona Mean Fewer Days Off]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/22/newly-abnormal-epo/ Newly Abnormal: A Crackdown on EPO Staff and Labour Rights in 'Survey' Clothing (Willis Towers Watson)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/21/iam-swpats-corruption/ IAM Celebrating and Glorifying Illegal Patents With Fake 'Awards' and Bogus 'Endorsements']</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/21/upc-epo-and-kluwer-again/ Been There, Done That: Team UPC's 'October' Becomes 'Early November' and Now Late November]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #cccc99;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/21/epo-for-trump/ The Only Real Dialogue the 'European' Patent Office is Having... is With Litigation Parasites, Even Foreign Ones]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #11ffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/21/epo-legal-action/ Inside the EPO During Corona: SUEPO (EPO Staff Union) and the Central Staff Committee Blast the Office for Illegal Practices and Threaten Legal Action]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ffddbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/20/data-protection-law-broken-with-impunity/ Inside the EPO During Corona: The EPO is Violating Workers'/Stakeholders' Privacy and Breaking Data Protection Law (Again)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/20/not-just-epo-staff-representatives/ Conduct of EPO Management Lacks “Basis in Legality” According to EPO Staff Representatives]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/20/epo-eats-its-own-workers/ Inside the EPO During Corona: Managers Don't Think of the Children, Cut Their Budget for First Time in Half a Century]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/19/free-stuff-decoy/ Inside the EPO During Corona: Sending Staff Home to Justify Cutting Their Benefits and Maybe Even Key Allowances]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeddaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/19/epo-corona-task-force/ Inside the EPO During Corona: Acting Chairperson of the Central Staff Committee of the EPO Suggests Involving Staff Representatives in Corona Task Force]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/19/epo-no-rule-of-law/ Inside the EPO During Corona: There's No Rule of Law Anymore and That Takes Its Toll on 'Low-Level' Staff]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #dafada;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/18/epo-internal-tribunals/ Two Years Without Progress on Impartiality of Internal Tribunals at the European Patent Office (EPO)]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #dafada;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/18/epo-internal-tribunals/ Two Years Without Progress on Impartiality of Internal Tribunals at the European Patent Office (EPO)]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/18/epo-monarchy/ Inside the EPO During Corona: EPO Staff Representatives Grew Increasingly Frustrated in June as EPO Had Acted Like a Law-Infringing Monarchy, Not a Public Institution]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/18/epo-monarchy/ Inside the EPO During Corona: EPO Staff Representatives Grew Increasingly Frustrated in June as EPO Had Acted Like a Law-Infringing Monarchy, Not a Public Institution]</span>

Revision as of 06:11, 2 December 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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