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The European Patent Office (EPO) has been granting [[Software Patents in Europe|software patents in Europe]] despite the law (as per [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Patent_Convention 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. Battistelli chose [[António Campinos]], a French dual national, as his successor.
The European Patent Office (EPO) has been granting [[Software Patents in Europe|software patents in Europe]] despite the law (as per [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Patent_Convention 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. Battistelli chose [[António Campinos]], a French dual national, as his successor.
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2018/06/30/unconstitutional-unitary-patent/ Team UPC's Radicals, Firms Like Bristows LLP, Have Decided That It's Time to Change Constitutions to Accommodate Clearly Unconstitutional Unitary Patent (UPC)]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2018/06/30/unconstitutional-unitary-patent/ Team UPC's Radicals, Firms Like Bristows LLP, Have Decided That It's Time to Change Constitutions to Accommodate Clearly Unconstitutional Unitary Patent (UPC)]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #ddffbb;">[http://techrights.org/2018/06/29/union-syndicale-federale-on-iloat/ Union Syndicale Fédérale: Apparently ILO Considered Kicking Out the EPO for Repeatedly Refusing and Failing to Obey the Law]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #ddffbb;">[http://techrights.org/2018/06/29/union-syndicale-federale-on-iloat/ Union Syndicale Fédérale: Apparently ILO Considered Kicking Out the EPO for Repeatedly Refusing and Failing to Obey the Law]</span>

Revision as of 04:35, 26 April 2019

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. Battistelli chose António Campinos, a French dual national, as his successor.

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

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

October

September

August

July

June

May

April

March

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

January

2014

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


2013

2012

2011

2010

2009