06.19.21

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The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal Has Already Lost the Case in the Court of Public Opinion

Posted in Courtroom, Europe, Law, Patents at 6:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Personal views on the sordid state of the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBoA), which by extension bodes poorly for the perception of independence in every Board of Appeal (BoA); the patent tribunals have been captured by patent maximalists who either stack the panels or intimidate judges into ruling in a particular way

THE above video concerns the latest part in the series about Carl Josefsson and the EBA (or EBoA) judges, who sway at the whim of EPO President António Campinos with his EUIPO ‘imports’, who moreover implicate the EU. The reputation of Europe’s two largest institutions is at stake here.

“Should we tolerate kangaroo courts?”What’s at stake here isn’t just patent law or just the EPO; this is about Europe and about courts in general. Is it acceptable that in ‘civilised’ Europe we can have stacked courts deciding on important issues while obsessing over appearance (“perception”) rather than substance? Should we tolerate kangaroo courts?

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