04.30.20

Evidence of Profound European Patent Office Corruption in Official Journal 4/2020

Posted in Deception, Europe, Microsoft, Patents at 5:01 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

What was supposed to be “Best of Europe” (scientists) has become a reckless printing house governed by a kind of “Mafia”

EPO annual 'results'; European Patents in courts

Summary: The EPO is serving the private businesses of former officials and its special partner Microsoft, to which many EPO services are nowadays being illegally outsourced (pandemic as an excuse for breaking the law with no hesitations or qualms)

ANY workers of the European Patent Office (EPO) who are still not angry at their management have clearly not been paying attention. The media certainly looks the other way (some journalists tell me that COVID-19 is their latest excuse for the ‘blind eye’ treatment) whilst EPO management robs the staff, robs Europe, plunders its own treasury for gambling purposes and then lies to everyone while violating just about every law in the book. It is truly astounding. We never knew Europe would tolerate such a thing! We still write a lot about the EPO because there are many scandals to keep abreast of. And almost nobody else covers these anymore. Blogs like IP Kat nowadays actively participate in the cover-up by publishing EPO puff pieces, promoting EPO lies, linking to EPO press releases and deleting comments that highlight EPO abuses. We don’t even mention all the examples here anymore (too many of them). The ‘Kat’ logo is the same, but many things have changed. How astonishing a turnaround.

The EPO’s own communications staff keeps working from ‘templates’ (varying or shuffling mostly the stock photography which accompanies tweets). It is posting short-sighted and poorly-planned tweets like this new one that says: “In this webinar we will present the emergence of #blockchain-related technologies in terms of #patenting activity.”

“We still write a lot about the EPO because there are many scandals to keep abreast of. And almost nobody else covers these anymore.”When “blockchain” is mentioned by EPO managers it is often about illegal software patents illegally being granted in Europe, by the EPO's very own admission (35 U.S.C. § 101 is being bypassed using this same hype wave too). EPO staff is presented with a painful dilemma: break the law or lose your job. Examination guidelines presented by the USPTO a year ago and by the EPO half a year ago seek to compel examiners to allow software patents, even if courts (and the EPC) forbid these. Hours ago the EPO tweeted: “Inventions in #digitalcommunication – whether mobile networks or the internet – make it possible for us to stay connected, work efficiently and live safer and healthier lives. In 2019 the EPO saw a sharp rise in patent applications in this field (+20%).”

The supposed ‘growth’ comes from software patents and for those who missed it, EPO management (Philpott et al) nowadays disguises illegal patents on algorithms using "digi" something (including “digitalisation”). The people who decide on those things aren’t even technical in that particular field. Philpott came from the Army, as did other EPO managers. It’s more like a Mafia than a scientific (in nature) institution and many EPO insiders are well aware of it and speak about it among themselves/one another. We’re familiar with much of the “Office gossip…”

“It’s more like a Mafia than a scientific (in nature) institution and many EPO insiders are well aware of it and speak about it among themselves/one another.”In any event, the EPO nowadays likes to associate with Trump’s ‘wunderkind’ (child prodigy) who seeks to re-allow illegal patents to fake ‘growth’, just like at the EPO. Joined in their attack on patent quality, by deliberately ignoring courts and granting fake patents, the USPTO and EPO have just issued this joint statement [1, 2] (warning: the second one is an epo.org link, which means they can quite likely track clicks and who’s clicking).

The EPO’s and the USPTO’s patent spinners have just posted an old photo of of António Campinos and Andrei Iancu (no masks or gloves); two patent maximalists who serve litigation firms at scientists’ expense…

The EPO wrote: “Together with the @USPTO we stand united in supporting innovators and all those involved in pioneering research, who are essential for the recovery of our economies and societies in such challenging times.”

Actually, the EPO awarded/glorified the very people whose frauds and whose patents are now being used against COVID-19 research. Pay attention to what happened about a month ago with patents of Theranos, after they had been passed to trolls. The EPO gave Theranos a superstar treatment, helping to increase the valuation of a massive fraud.

“Actually, the EPO awarded/glorified the very people whose frauds and whose patents are now being used against COVID-19 research.”Then, retweeted by EPO folks was this USPTO tweet that said: “To support innovation during this crisis, the USPTO and the EPO stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the innovation community.” Read the joint message from the #USPTO and @EPOorg…”

They mean litigation ‘community’ (it’s not a community), not “innovation community.”

These shallow lies fool nobody. Nobody serious anyway…

Hours ago the EPO again pretended to value SMEs. It’s that same old sponsored ‘study’, mentioned repeatedly for a number of years to invert narratives/perceptions; The EPO harms SMEs and innovators. It serves monopolists and law firms that represent those. That’s very easy to see based on the leaked documents; they almost spell it out loud!

Hours ago the EPO tweeted: “You can read the criteria by which proposals for our Academic Research Programme will be rated here…”

“Rated based on how good the so-called ‘research’ would be to the toxic agenda of an EPO coup by litigation fanatics,” I responded to them. “This corrupts academia,” I added.

“It’s rewarding frauds that attack French COVID-19 researchers in the French-hosted festivals (exploited by the EPO’s managers to falsely associate with real scientists); it also bribes media, it bribes scholars…”The EPO basically became a propaganda machine that intimidates journalists, threatens bloggers, bribes publishers (media) and even bribes academia. It was supposed to be a granting authority dealing with patents, but look what it has become. It’s rewarding frauds that attack French COVID-19 researchers in the French-hosted festivals (exploited by the EPO’s managers to falsely associate with real scientists); it also bribes media, it bribes scholars..

We have not written much on this subject, but the EPO is helping coronavirus in its long fight against Europe; those patents of Theranos, which we mentioned above, nowadays attack COVID-19 researchers in courts, even virtual ones. They cannot focus on their job because of it.

And those aren’t even the biggest scandals. The bigger scandals right now are being hidden using a crisis. The scandals aren’t being reported on, except by us (to the extent sources can help us).

“For updates on the measures we are taking at the Office in the current COVID-19 crisis,” the EPO wrote earlier. They say nothing about the outsourcing to Microsoft — an issue we’ll come to in a moment. They just allude to remote services and all. “The EPO Academy provides free-of-charge distance learning courses taught by experts in intellectual property,” says one new tweet, linking to a dubious page. The very top of this list is promotion of illegal software patents (which are being granted in Europe because of buzzwords).

More about the whole remote work ‘thing’ was published this week, but few people will notice it. That’s inside a PDF.

“It seems very much apparent that the EPO is shamelessly pushing Microsoft’s OOXML (proprietary format with vendor lock-in, security issues and so on) instead of vendor-neutral open standards.”“The Official Journal 4/2020 is now available online,” the EPO tweeted today. It does so once in a few months, but this latest one (warning: epo.org link) has a few gems in it. First of all, a shallow dive into the Web page alone (not the PDF).

It seems very much apparent that the EPO is shamelessly pushing Microsoft’s OOXML (proprietary format with vendor lock-in, security issues and so on) instead of vendor-neutral open standards. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has done the same thing, looking to penalise those who are not paying Microsoft any money. Yes, it’s like USPTO works for Microsoft [1, 2], forcing people to become Microsoft customers, passing around documents only other Microsoft customers can view ‘properly’ (even Microsoft refuses to follow or adhere to its own specifications!). To quote:

Definition of “DOCX” under Article 4 of the decision of the Vice-President Legal and International Affairs of the European Patent Office (Directorate-General 5) dated 21 April 2020 concerning the conditions for participating in the pilot project for Online Filing 2.0

DOCX means OOXML. Those who aren’t becoming customers of Microsoft will ‘miss out’…

It comes amid another scandal, one that involved an illegal (violation of EPC) outsourcing to Microsoft Skype. It’s even there in the journal, again sans the foreign monopolist’s name:

Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 1 April 2020 concerning oral proceedings by videoconference before examining divisions

Notice from the European Patent Office dated 1 April 2020 concerning oral proceedings and interviews to be held by videoconference

Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 14 April 2020 concerning the pilot project for oral proceedings by videoconference before opposition divisions

Notice from the European Patent Office dated 14 April 2020 concerning the pilot project for oral proceedings by videoconference before opposition divisions

And if that’s not bad enough, we’re seeing more CIEPI ads again, just like years ago [1, 2].

António Campinos is sending business to Benoît Battistelli, just like he’s promoting Željko Topić's private business despite lack of qualifications. It’s corrupt, but here they go again:

CEIPI seminars for the EQE pre-examination 2021
CEIPI – European qualifying examination 2021 (“main examination”)
CEIPI/epi – Basic training in European patent law

We could go on and on elaborating on why it’s unethical as well as illegal, but the EPO’s management recognises neither ethics nor law. The only law is, the management does whatever it wants. Behaviour such as this is typically expected from the Kremlin or the Communist Party of China; EPOnia is no better.

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

This post is also available in Gemini over at:

gemini://gemini.techrights.org/2020/04/30/european-patent-office-corruption/

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. Links 18/5/2021: Steam Console and OpenPrinting Developing Upstream CUPS

    Links for the day



  2. Video and Transcript of Julia Reda's LibrePlanet Keynote Talk

    "A European Open Technology Fund: Building sustainable public funding for free software” — a talk by Julia Reda; transcribed by Techrights associate and ripped by Linux Reviews



  3. Video: “Unjust Computing Clamps Down” by Richard Stallman

    12 days ago the FSF uploaded the video above, in which current threats to software freedom are explained by the FSF's founder



  4. FSF Web Site Now Lists the Seven Voting Members, Including Alexandre Oliva, Former Acting FSF President

    The FSF is now in good and reliable hands, which we're told are all supportive of the decision to bring back the FSF's founder to the Board; Oliva remains involved as a voting member



  5. The EPO's War on Justice and Assault on the Law -- Part 11: The Rapporteur Who Once Was Vice-President

    EPO‘s former Vice-President of DG3 will be the person to decide on the EPO’s (mis)conduct



  6. [Meme] Captured EPO

    Put the EPO back in the hands of people who do all the work and actually understand the real goals of a patent office



  7. An Urgent Need to Fix the EPO, Which is Becoming Rogue at Every Level (Even the 'Legal' Level)

    Helpless examiners are being put in a grave dilemma: violate the EPC or lose the job; it's meanwhile clear that internal appeals, including referrals to the Boards of Appeal, are also hopeless because these courts or tribunals obey tyrants, not the EPC, and moreover they cover up past abuses of the tyrants



  8. IRC Proceedings: Monday, May 17, 2021

    IRC logs for Monday, May 17, 2021



  9. 6,700 Signatures in Support of Richard Stallman's Return to the FSF's Board

    6,700 signatures will be secured any day now (maybe later today); we thought the graph is worth replotting again, even if only to remind people how badly the defamatory hate letter has backfired



  10. [Meme] The Real Gates Scandal is About Connections to Sex Trafficking (Epstein), Not Infidelity

    Some media is still trying to shift attention (some of the very same media that misdirected focus to Richard Stallman when a Gates-Epstein scandal unfolded at MIT), but people aren't gullible enough



  11. Links 17/5/2021: New GeckoLinux and Kdenlive 21.04.1

    Links for the day



  12. Richard Stallman Refers to Intel's Management Engine (ME) -- or a Back Door -- as 'Master', and the Processor Intel Lets Us Use as 'Slave'

    “The president and founder of the Free Software Foundation will speak about pressing issues in free software today, and will present the winners of the 2018 Free Software Awards,” says the summary (this was 3 years ago, i.e. before the purge of language, with a prominent role played by Intel)



  13. Links 17/5/2021: NetBSD 9.2 and Early Look at Bodhi Linux 6.0.0

    Links for the day



  14. Calle Josefsson as Living Proof That Attacking the Causes You Once Proclaimed to Stand for is Very Profitable

    Some thoughts on the situation of the Boards of Appeal in Haar; they're led by someone who receives a huge salary (a four- or five-fold increase) in exchange for an epic sellout and abandonment of principles; as a de facto legal slinger or imposter/poser he has already done incredible damage on several levels



  15. The EPO's War on Justice and Assault on the Law -- Part 10: A Faustian Pact?

    Benoît Battistelli‘s rubber-stamping judge from Sweden saw his salary growing four- or five-fold and he has meanwhile lowered his public profile, fearing that people will see what he sold his soul for



  16. EPO Staff Representatives Not Amused to See an Office That Steals From Staff and Even From Pensioners

    The heist continues; the EPO isn't just a milking cow of Germany but also of EPO officials who keep the 'lid' or the 'cover' on this whole financial instrument, which would enrage member states if they truly understood what's going on



  17. [Meme] Virtual Prisons for Virtual Hearings (Haarings)

    Today’s EPO has a truly twisted notion of the “rule of law”



  18. President of the Boards of Appeal, the Star of the Haar Show

    It’s best in the metal version; burn in Hell, Lesley Gore



  19. Right To Repair: When You Don't Own What You Buy (and Cannot Even Repair It Legally)

    The second part of preliminary background regarding the Right To Repair; our associate who extracted the videos from YouTube says that both are relevant to “Freedom 0″ (as per the FSF’s definition of Free software)



  20. Right To Repair: What It's About and How That Relates to Software

    A short (less than one minute) video that offers some background or sheds light on the intersection between Software Freedom and the Right To Repair



  21. Brand as Distraction From the Core Issues Surrounding the Right To Repair

    Excerpt of a video from Odysee, in which an important point is explained regarding a very actual and relevant case, more so given a recent ruling that indirectly impacts software freedom, mostly in (but not limited to) the United States



  22. Virtual 'Courts' Aren't Courts and Aren't Suitable Substitutes, Either

    The cheapening of the concept of justice, even as the pandemic that serves to justify that cheapening is gradually being brought under control, is the real issue that should be debated in Haar (or from private homes, probably somewhere around Haar); whether it's compulsory or not ought to be a side question



  23. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, May 16, 2021

    IRC logs for Sunday, May 16, 2021



  24. Links 17/5/2021: Linux 5.13 RC2 and a Lot About Patents

    Links for the day



  25. (All-Time) Archive of Techrights Videos Contains About 1,000 Videos, All Listed in One Place Now

    We're improving access to old material in the site and right now the focus is ways to improve discovery of old video/multimedia files



  26. Haar Song

    The Office in Munich is overseen by “a municipality near Munich,” according to Wikipedia (not inside Munich, so that in itself is a violation of the EPC)



  27. The EPO's War on Justice and Assault on the Law -- Part 9: Squeezing Out the Lifeblood of Democracy?

    The lack of public discourse at the EPO (where tyrants like Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos make up the rules and then have them rubber-stamped by kangaroo courts) helps explain an atrocious policy and moral abyss, which recently led to acceptance of European software patents and mass surveillance disguised as “access to justice”



  28. Luke Smith on Why Free Software Matters and 'Open Source' is Meaningless

    A video just released by a popular YouTube channel



  29. Links 16/5/2021: ExTiX 21.5, Drumstick Multiplatform MIDI File Player Refresh

    Links for the day



  30. EPO.org is a Really Awful Source of Information

    The site that bears a .org suffix is actually more like a private corporation lying about itself in order to save face and attract more money -- or in other words funds that will be squandered and stolen by corrupt administrators


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