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EPO Management Keeps Embarrassing Itself, UPC More Dead Than Before, and Nokia Turns Aggressive

Posted in Europe, Patents at 7:57 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

How long can the marketing campaign (marketing Mr. Campinos) hold?

António Campinos FTI

Summary: The EPO’s race to the bottom of patent quality continues, it’s now complemented by direct association with patent trolls and law stands in their way (for they repeatedly violate the law)

JUST like today’s USPTO, the European Patent Office (EPO) promotes software patents in Europe using hype waves. It nowadays invites the most notorious patent trolls from the US to be keynote speakers at events which ‘dress up’ software patents in Europe as “blockchains”. As the EPO put it earlier today: “The EPO’s Patenting #Blockchain conference will happen tomorrow. If you won’t be able to attend, we will be live-tweeting the highlights of the event. Stay tuned!”

“It nowadays invites the most notorious patent trolls from the US to be keynote speakers at events which ‘dress up’ software patents in Europe as “blockchains”.”Then there’s the bizarre concept of “AIpatents” or “AI” patents that are just software patents i.e. fake patent grants. The EPO is now granting fake patents that court would no doubt reject, throw away. “Panellists at the EPO’s Patenting #ArtificialIntelligence conference identified three types of AI patenting,” the EPO wrote this morning. Welcome to the EPO under António Campinos; it doesn’t care about quality of patents and it doesn’t care about staff, either. Poland turns 100 and on Friday the EPO leveraged some bizarre slant to make it all about patents and Campinos. We mentioned this over the weekend and the EPO amplified this nonsense earlier today.

“Then there’s the bizarre concept of “AIpatents” or “AI” patents that are just software patents i.e. fake patent grants.”This morning the EPO retweeted, yet again, this lie from Managing IP (Managing Intellectual [sic] Property [sic]): “António Campinos has so far succeeded in improving relations in the upper echelons of the @EPOorg since taking over as president in July.”

“This tweet is a lie,” I told them (again). “It is a falsehood. He has NOT “succeeded in improving relations”. Ask actual EPO workers and unions (if they’re allowed to speak). They call him “mini Battistelli”.”

Speaking of Managing IP, a longtime pusher of the UPC, in light of this huge blow to Team UPC (Sam Gyimah resigning) they said that “Gyimah is the 10th person to resign over the UK government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement, including previous IP minister Jo Johnson” (his predecessor). Huge blow for the UPC as three consecutive ministers who promoted it have all resigned (or moved) in just 2 years.

“Their bubble long ago burst and they hope that UPC will reverse this trend by creating a new bubble.”Alas, as usual, one can rely on Team UPC to craft some spin and fantasy; earlier this week Ramona Livera (“an advocate at Elias Neocleous & Co. Llc”) wrote in the Cyprus Mail that the “unified patent court provides security” (financial security for people like Ramona, pursuing more litigation). Why don’t they hire actual journalists? This paper has just published self-promotion lies for Team UPC, whose agenda is a direct assault on science and technology in Europe (for the sake of the legal billing ‘industry’).

“Budget pressures pushing patent processes in house,” says a recent headline of Managing IP. This should be read as mass layoffs or loss of ‘business’ for patent law firms. Their bubble long ago burst and they hope that UPC will reverse this trend by creating a new bubble. By bubble we mean frivolous litigation.

No propaganda day would be complete without IAM’s contribution. Days ago it said: “Nokia now working its way through the Chinese mobile market. Another royalty bearing licence means more patent-related revenue dropping straight onto the company’s bottom line.”

“No propaganda day would be complete without IAM’s contribution.”Microsoft turned Nokia into a troll and this latest deal, announced widely at the time (e.g. [1, 2, 3]) was also mentioned earlier today by a patent propaganda site, Managing IP. How many of the underlying patents have actually been tested in court?

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