03.08.20

Gemini version available ♊︎

The Collapse of European Patent Quality is Rather Obvious and EPO Management Cannot Hide it Forever

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

It’s only getting worse and it cannot be swept under the rug perpetually

EPO delivery
Source: one year ago, SUEPO publication.

Summary: Tactics based around suppression of truth-telling never work out in the long run; there’s a massive crisis brewing in EPOnia and bribery (of media and academia) cannot silence everyone

THE QUALITY of patents granted by the European Patent Office (EPO) will go down as long as the EPO silences those who speak about it.

SUEPO and CSC, to their credit, have not given up. As representation collectives of actual scientists one ought to expect them to guard science, not pseudoscience and career-climbing corrupt officials who use Donald Trump associates to conduct 'hoax' studies.

Last night we saw Novagraaf’s Valérie Stephann with her article promoted in Lexology, linked to her employer’s site. As usual, she neglects to say there’s no independence for judges at the EPO (all law firms have given up speaking about this) when talking about “Revised Rules of Procedure at EPO Boards of Appeal” (the implicit rule is, just do whatever the President of the Office says and wants, or risk ending up like the bullied colleague, Patrick Corcoran).

D Young & Co LLP’s Angela Mottershead and Andrew Johnson have meanwhile mentioned in Lexology (again paid promotion of their piece) new fee hikes, effective in less than a month from now:

European Patent Office (EPO) fee increases come into effect 01 April 2020. The EPO usually reviews official fees every two years. Most of the rises are moderate increases in the order of 4% or 5% and in-line with inflation. Some are higher and worth noting.

Notable increases include:

- Appeal fee – for most appellants, this rises by close to 20% (€450) to €2,705.

- Requests for copies of documents – certified copies of applications, priority documents, communication of file contents and additional copies of documents cited in search reports; all more than double in cost.

These are massive increases (again!). Look under: “Fee for appeal – for an appeal filed by an entity other than those referred to in Rule 6(4) and (5) EPC (011)” (further down the page).

It goes up from 2,255 euros to 2,705 euro (450 euros being a 19.96% increase). Battistelli did this too, repeatedly, narrowing appeal windows and raising costs. It makes it easier to hide if not fake patent quality (as judged by rates or numbers of decisions overturned). In the age of 35 U.S.C. § 101 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) tried doing the same thing to PTAB.

Staying with these self-promotional pieces in Lexology (mere copies of originals that nobody sees), AA Thornton’s Stuart Greenwood wrote:

The EPO recently announced their fees are to increase on the 1 April 2020. This is in line with their typical practice of increasing fees every two years.

The average increase will be 4% for most fees including for the appeal fee for specific entities*, however the appeal fee for larger appellants increases by 20%, from €2255 to €2705.

In the majority of cases, the EPO fees are associated with a payment deadline. The fee you pay is determined by the currently active fee schedule, rather than the fee schedule that may be in force on the day of the deadline.

This means that regardless of whether a fee deadline falls due on or after the 1 April 2020 (when the fee schedule is due to change), you may be able to pay the fee before the 1 April 2020 and thus at the current, lower, rate.

[...]

Also, if a party is considering filing an appeal against an issued decision, they may wish to do so before the fee increases on 1 April 2020.

So the first day of April will see jokers of the EPO making it even harder to appeal. Appeals just ‘slow down’ the rubber-stamping operations anyway….

“We’re not pessimistic; seeing how the UPC collapsed, partly due to EPO corruption (courts have seen ample evidence of it), we’re certain there’s more ‘karma’ to come.”The EPO cannot hide its demise forever (as judged by validity or legitimacy of granted patents). Campinos still lies to the media, which seems perfectly happy to print the lies (more examples of that shortly), especially when the EPO bribes the media (clear misuse of EPO money).

Days ago the EPO was bragging about transparency (openwashing) and it boils down to the fact that it must, as a matter of law, share patent information (this is, after all, the whole point of patents, never mind if that’s causing harm like treble damages for infringement).

The EPO retweeted this openwashing (Open Data), but it is still not transparent because it is profoundly corrupt and true transparency would expose the corruption — another subject we’ll cover later today.

We’re not pessimistic; seeing how the UPC collapsed, partly due to EPO corruption (courts have seen ample evidence of it), we’re certain there’s more ‘karma’ to come. Wait and watch…

Benjamin Henrion has just recalled that software patents opponent Pieter “Hitnjens [sic] said in his last video interview that the patent system was a giant lie, and based on beliefs…”

He also quoted this bit about “EPO “small inquiry” to the German government by the FDP fraction in the German Bundestag deserves to be mentioned…”

The complaint at the FCC (there are several concerning the EPO, including UPC/A) will likely yield some interesting press coverage soon, not like the puff piece Campinos netted in Spiegel some days ago.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. [Meme] [Teaser] More to Life Than Patents

    Greedy sociopaths oughtn’t be put in charge of patent offices; this is what’s dooming the EPO in recent years (all they think about is money



  2. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part II — The Campaign Against GPL Compliance and War on Copyleft Enforcement

    Microsoft contemplated buying GitHub 7.5 years ago; the goal wasn’t to actually support “Open Source” but to crush it from the inside and that’s what Microsoft has been doing over the past 2.5 years (we have some details from the inside)



  3. Links 18/10/2021: Linux 5.15 RC6 and 7 New Stable Kernels

    Links for the day



  4. [Meme] The Austrian School of Friedrich Rude Liar

    With reference to the Austrian School, let’s consider the fact that Friedrich Rude Liar might in fact be standing to personally gain by plundering the EPO‘s staff by demonising them while helping Benoît Battistelli crush them



  5. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, October 17, 2021

    IRC logs for Sunday, October 17, 2021



  6. How (Simple Technical Steps) to Convince Yourself That DuckDuckGo is Just Spyware Connected to Microsoft, Falsely Advertised as 'Privacy'

    In recent days we published or republished some bits and pieces about what DuckDuckGo really is; the above reader dropped by to enlighten us and demonstrate just how easy it is to see what DuckDuckGo does even at the client side (with JavaScript); more people need to confront DuckDuckGo over this and warn colleagues/friends/family (there’s more here)



  7. Austria's Right-Wing Politicians Displaying Their Arrogance to EPO Examiners

    The EPO‘s current regime seems to be serving a money-hungry lobby of corrupt officials and pathological liars; tonight we focus on Austria



  8. [Meme] Friedrich Rödler's Increasingly Incomprehensible Debt Quagmire, Years Before EPO Money Was Trafficked Into the Stock Market

    As it turns out, numerous members of the Administrative Council of the EPO are abundantly corrupt and greedy; They falsely claim or selfishly pretend there’s a financial crisis and then moan about a "gap" that does not exist (unless one counts the illegal gambling, notably EPOTIF, which they approved), in turn recruiting or resorting to scabs that help improve ‘profit margins’



  9. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XV: Et Tu Felix Austria…

    Prior to the Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos regime the EPO‘s hard-working staff was slandered by a corrupt Austrian official, Mr. Rödler



  10. Links 17/10/2021: Blender 2.93.5, Microsoft Bailouts

    Links for the day



  11. Links 17/10/2021: GhostBSD 21.10.16 and Mattermost 6.0

    Links for the day



  12. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, October 16, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, October 16, 2021



  13. [Meme] First Illegally Banning Strikes, Then Illegally Taking Over Courts

    The vision of Team Battistelli/Campinos is a hostile takeover of the entire patent system, not just patent offices like the EPO; they’d stop at nothing to get there



  14. Portuguese Network of Enablers

    Instead of serving Portuguese people or serving thousands of EPO workers (including many who are Portuguese) the delegation from Portugal served the network of Campinos



  15. In Picture: After Billions Spent on Marketing, With Vista 11 Hype and Vapourware, No Real Gains for Windows

    The very latest figures from Web usage show that it’s hardly even a blip on the radar; Windows continues bleeding to death, not only in servers



  16. [Meme] [Teaser] Double-Dipping Friedrich Rödler

    As we shall see tomorrow night, the EPO regime was supported by a fair share of corrupt officials inside the Administrative Council



  17. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XIV: Battistelli's Iberian Facilitators - Portugal

    How illegal “Strike Regulations” and regressive ‘reforms’ at the EPO, empowering Benoît Battistelli to the detriment of the Rule of Law, were ushered in by António Campinos and by Portugal 5 years before Campinos took Battistelli’s seat (and power he had given himself)



  18. Links 16/10/2021: SparkyLinux Turns 10 and Sculpt OS 21.10

    Links for the day



  19. “Facebook Whistleblowers” Aside, It Has Been a Dying Platform for Years, and It's Mentally Perverting the Older Generation

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  20. [Meme] Microsoft Has Always Been About Control Over Others

    Hosting by Microsoft means subjugation or a slavery-like relationship; contrary to the current media narrative, Microsoft has long been censoring LinkedIn for China’s autocratic regime; and over at GitHub, as we shall show for months to come, there’s a war on information, a war on women, and gross violations of the law



  21. EFF Pushes for Users to Install DuckDuckGo Software After Being Paid to Kill HTTPS Everywhere

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  22. The Reign in Spain

    Discussion about the role of Spain in the EPO‘s autocratic regime which violates the rights of EPO staff, including Spanish workers



  23. [Meme] Spanish Inquisition

    Let it be widely known that Spain played a role in crushing the basic rights of all EPO workers, including hundreds of Spaniards



  24. Why You Shouldn’t Use SteamOS, a Really Incompetent GNU/Linux Distribution With Security Pitfalls (Lutris is a Great Alternative)

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  25. IRC Proceedings: Friday, October 15, 2021

    IRC logs for Friday, October 15, 2021



  26. Links 16/10/2021: Xubuntu 21.10 and DearPyGui 1.0.0

    Links for the day



  27. DuckDuckGo’s HQ is Smaller Than My Apartment

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  28. Post About Whether Vivaldi is a GPL violation Was Quietly Knifed by the Mods of /r/uBlockOrigin in Reddit

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  29. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XIII: Battistelli's Iberian Facilitators - Spain

    The EPO‘s António Campinos is an ‘Academy’ of overt nepotism; what Benoît Battistelli did mostly in France Campinos does in Spain and Portugal, severely harming the international image of these countries



  30. From Competitive (Top-Level, High-Calibre, Well-Paid) Jobs to 2,000 Euros a Month -- How the EPO is Becoming a Sweatshop by Patent Examiners' Standards

    A longish video about the dreadful situation at the EPO, where staff is being ‘robbed’ and EPO funds get funnelled into some dodgy stock market investments (a clear violation of the institution’s charter)


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts