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== 2020 ==
== 2020 ==
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*<span style="background-color: #ffddbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/12/30/say-no-to-contact-tracing-apps/ Reminder: Absolutely Do Not Install Contact-Tracing 'Apps' (They Solve Nothing)]</span> (partly about EPO)
*<span style="background-color: #ffddbb;">[http://techrights.org/2020/12/30/say-no-to-contact-tracing-apps/ Reminder: Absolutely Do Not Install Contact-Tracing 'Apps' (They Solve Nothing)]</span> (partly about EPO)
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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>
*<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>
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=== November ===
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=== November 2020===
*<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>
*<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: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/03/de-state-of-the-law/ Team UPC and Team Campinos Are Causing Constitutional Crises in Germany (Even Amid Pandemic)]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/11/03/de-state-of-the-law/ Team UPC and Team Campinos Are Causing Constitutional Crises in Germany (Even Amid Pandemic)]</span>
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=== October 2020===
*<span style="background-color: #bbffa1;">[http://techrights.org/2020/10/30/epo-dictators-shuffle/ Meme: Two Dictators: How the EPO Shuffled the Dictatorship's Cards]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #bbffa1;">[http://techrights.org/2020/10/30/epo-dictators-shuffle/ Meme: Two Dictators: How the EPO Shuffled the Dictatorship's Cards]</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>
*<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 2020===
*<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>
*<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: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/09/02/law360-on-epo/ Law360 Says the EPO's Popularity is Decreasing]</span>
*<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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=== August 2020===
*<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>
*<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: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/31/managing-ip-fake-news/ Managing IP Still Champions Fake 'News' for Team UPC]</span>
*<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>
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=== July 2020===
*<span style="background-color: #cceeff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/28/good-to-be-king/ It's Good to be King (of EPOnia)]</span>
*<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: #bbbbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/02/monopolies-for-life/ Humour: As If Monopolies for Life Will Save People's Lives...]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #bbbbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/07/02/monopolies-for-life/ Humour: As If Monopolies for Life Will Save People's Lives...]</span>
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=== June 2020===
*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/06/30/cnipa-europe-branching/ EPO Management Celebrates the Lowering of Patent Quality While Granting Invalid Patents (IPs) Instead of European Patents (EPs)]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/06/30/cnipa-europe-branching/ EPO Management Celebrates the Lowering of Patent Quality While Granting Invalid Patents (IPs) Instead of European Patents (EPs)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/06/01/microsoft-and-epo-history/ The Past Does Not Go Away, Except From Short-Term Memories]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #ccffee;">[http://techrights.org/2020/06/01/microsoft-and-epo-history/ The Past Does Not Go Away, Except From Short-Term Memories]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/05/30/epo-corruption-going-unnoticed/ EPO's Illegal Patents and Massive Corruption Go Unnoticed by Corporate Media and Sites That Cover Patent News]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/05/30/epo-corruption-going-unnoticed/ EPO's Illegal Patents and Massive Corruption Go Unnoticed by Corporate Media and Sites That Cover Patent News]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/05/01/epo-dialogue/ New Cartoon: EPO Dialogue]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #eeffaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/05/01/epo-dialogue/ New Cartoon: EPO Dialogue]</span>
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=== April 2020===
*<span style="background-color: #bbffa1;">[http://techrights.org/2020/04/30/european-patent-office-corruption/ Evidence of Profound European Patent Office Corruption in Official Journal 4/2020]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #bbffa1;">[http://techrights.org/2020/04/30/european-patent-office-corruption/ Evidence of Profound European Patent Office Corruption in Official Journal 4/2020]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/04/03/swpats-emotional-blackmail/ Emotional Blackmail for Illegal Software Patents]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/04/03/swpats-emotional-blackmail/ Emotional Blackmail for Illegal Software Patents]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/03/29/epo-a-week-later/ The Fall of the UPC - Part IX: Campinos Opens His Mouth One Week Later (and It's That Hilarious Delusion Again)]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/03/29/epo-a-week-later/ The Fall of the UPC - Part IX: Campinos Opens His Mouth One Week Later (and It's That Hilarious Delusion Again)]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/03/01/no-media-only-webinars/ The Next Task is Defeating European Software Patents Because the Media Certainly Isn't Doing Its Job]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #ddddff;">[http://techrights.org/2020/03/01/no-media-only-webinars/ The Next Task is Defeating European Software Patents Because the Media Certainly Isn't Doing Its Job]</span>
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=== February 2020===
*<span style="background-color: #bbffa1;">[http://techrights.org/2020/02/28/croatia-photo-ops/ EUIPO and EPO Celebrate Corruption in Croatia]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #bbffa1;">[http://techrights.org/2020/02/28/croatia-photo-ops/ EUIPO and EPO Celebrate Corruption in Croatia]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #99ccaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/02/01/epo-cambodia-alike/ The Office of Philpott and Pol Pot]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #99ccaa;">[http://techrights.org/2020/02/01/epo-cambodia-alike/ The Office of Philpott and Pol Pot]</span>
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*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/01/31/upc-lies-are-business-as-usual/ Collapse of the UPC is “Business as Usual” According to Bristows LLP]</span>
*<span style="background-color: #eebbcc;">[http://techrights.org/2020/01/31/upc-lies-are-business-as-usual/ Collapse of the UPC is “Business as Usual” According to Bristows LLP]</span>

Revision as of 08:25, 2 July 2021

Contents

General Introduction

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.

Articles Index

We've archived older articles in the following pages: EPO 2019 Archive | 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

2021 Articles (Latest First)

For an outline of recent events, see EPO in 2021.

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

2020

December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

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