05.06.21

[Meme] Who Needs Examination Anyway When There’s ‘Hey Hi’ (AI)?

Posted in Europe, Patents at 8:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

What EPO wants you to think its workers do; EPO vision, the 'new normal' 2025
Examination means NOT production line!

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Theranos trolls

Theranos patents

Summary: The patent production line could do away with ‘pesky’ and ‘opinionated’ examiners who actually wish to scrutinise alleged ‘inventions’

Europe’s Second-Largest Institution Corrupting the Media and Buying Expensive Puff Pieces

Posted in Deception, Europe, Marketing, Patents at 7:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: As annual reports reveal, the EPO wastes an extraordinary amount of money on reputation laundering campaigns and it pollutes the signal by paying publishers; we examine this issue using the new ‘reports’ shown in the video above

TWO days ago the EPO was kicking off the media manipulation campaigns for European Inventor Award (first wave of several, 6 weeks upfront!) — means by which Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos interject themselves into media puff pieces that portray them as some sort of champions (of science). It’s either laughable or enraging, depends on an examiner’s mood at the time of reading. People who do none of the actual work (neither examination nor discovery) take credit for it all. They serve monopolists and even Microsoft’s patent trolls (e.g. Intellectual Ventures, which is reportedly shaking down European companies with patents like EP 16 94 020, as reported a short while ago).

Is this innovation? As in “European Inventor Award”? Their finalist who was a huge fraud is responsible for patents that are used for trolling French companies looking for solutions to COVID-19. How’s that for “European Inventor Award”?

“It’s nothing to do with celebrating science or promoting science. It’s hardly about patents, either.”We’ve continued observing the ridiculous puff pieces and who’s doing them. Last night we found this press release [1] and several puff pieces [2,3], even outside Europe [4,5], sometimes localised for different audiences/languages.

Surely there’s more to come, with 1.5 months left between now and the webstreams they dub “event” (or other misleading words for grandeur). All that fluff in the media is costing a lot of money and it distracts from corruption; it’s the real reason/motivation. It’s nothing to do with celebrating science or promoting science. It’s hardly about patents, either.

URLs/articles from the video (in order of appearance)

  1. Honoring a Pioneer in Tissue Engineering: Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic Named European Inventor Award 2021 Finalist
  2. London-based entrepreneur who created leather alternative from pineapple leaves nominated for top award
  3. Dublin designer invents pineapple leaf alternative to leather
  4. The European Patent Office Announces Boston-based Microbiologists Kim Lewis and Slava S. Epstein as European Inventor Award 2021 Finalists
  5. EPO announces Indian-American chemist Sumita Mitra as European Inventor Award 2021 finalist

Free Software Proponents Don’t Fall for Bullshit (Same is True for EPO Examiners)

Posted in Europe, Free/Libre Software, Patents at 3:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

People are generally better rewarded when they work for the powerful interests and lie for the powerful interests; but they get discarded quickly (because they lose all legitimacy)

The Bull Wins
The Bull Wins?

Summary: There are parallels between what happens in the Free Software Movement and the EPO, where well-meaning people — and usually hard-working scientists — are besieged by people who never really contributed anything to society

THE past 1.5 months have been rather hectic for many. I know at least two people who had found the heat overwhelming and decided to take a break. Cancel mobs can induce fatigue and stress; it is their modus operandi; EPO President Benoît Battistelli did this to the union (SUEPO) and António Campinos is doing that to every staff representative, including the union. It is a strategy.

“My personal opinion is, the union and the staff representatives must carry on fighting for the staff.”I would like to interject with some personal experiences (which I seldom do). I started activism before I even knew it was (or considered it to be) activism. The term “activism” is rather vague and the same is true/applicable to the term “journalism” (many people whom we’re told are “journalists” are just hired guns of rich media owners, salaried to perpetuate an unjust status quo or rewrite texts for large corporations — a practice sometimes known as “Public Relations”). Over the years I’ve learned some valuable lessons, usually the hard (and painful) way. The first thing is, when you engage in a battle against something and someone in a position of power/privilege they will always try to give you the impression you embarked on some insurmountable challenge you can never win. Because they want you to give up. They use defeatism as a tactic. Don’t fall for it. Don’t walk away. Keep on fighting. Every now and then clues will appear that they’re losing and are retreating. In the case of Novell and the EPO, certain wordings in press releases give away their face-saving or damage-limiting agenda; they’re hurting. They hurt badly! A decade later, in Novell’s case, Novell’s last CEO gave away his agony and pain — a form of admission/confession of utter defeat. The second thing is, if you’re right on something (truth and justice are on your side), then carry on, repeat, expound, as facts generally have a ‘secret’ power; it’s a force that cannot perpetually be defeated by a barrage of lies. Those lies are very expensive to produce and disseminate, especially when the general public becomes sceptical of the lies and risk of blowback grows (the lies have a negative effect on the lie teller; FUD is self-harming).

How does this relate to the EPO? My personal opinion is, the union and the staff representatives must carry on fighting for the staff. Seeing the past week’s puff pieces (we’ll do another video about these shortly), the Office management is burning literally millions of euros just trying to control the narrative, what’s sometimes known as “perception management”. But worry not, they’re not fooling their staff. Almost not a single member of staff believes those liars. They’ve lost control over the minds of examiners. Nobody trusts Campinos either (not anymore; presumption of innocence is long expired).

EPO brokenIn the case of Software Freedom (yes, capitalised), carry on fighting for what’s just. Don’t let corporate shills who barely even conceal their funding sources tell you that you’re somehow defending “pedophilia” by standing up for the FSF. Don’t let them tell you that a “masters” degree is somehow a “racist” thing; they’re corporate concern trolls and yesterday alone we captured two more examples of those companies using the term “master” in a technical context; they don’t even follow their own advice.

Last but not least, don’t let them manipulate you into fighting peers; “divide and rule” tactics are thousands of years old. Know the real enemy, try to educate those who were misled/manipulated. In the case of the EPO, the management tried using a yellow union to incite the staff. Where is that yellow union now? Nowhere. We have not heard of it for ages… the same is true for some ‘Open Source’ groups. OSI is defunct, the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation is literally selling seats to corporations (for openwashing purposes, nothing else), the Gates Foundation is collapsing (the management there realises that Bill is a sociopath and one who might face future charges, not for the first time either), and patents on COVID-19 vaccination are soon to be subjected to waivers, removing one of the main critiques of vaccines (the monopolies and profiteering, motivated by unbridled greed).

The other day we caught glimpse/sight of some reports about more European software patents perishing in courts and over in the US the litigation beehive is still trying hard to undermine Alice/35 U.S.C. § 101 (bringing that question back to SCOTUS) because American courts, unlike the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), almost always reject such patents. We put examples of that at least once a day in Daily Links without further commentary because that’s just the “New Normal”…

Alice (or similar) won’t be ‘overturned’; they’ve been telling us it would… for over 7 years. Oh, speaking of which… where the UPC today?

“Idiots can be defeated but they never admit it.”

Richard Stallman

“People said I should accept the world. Bullshit! I don’t accept the world.”

Richard Stallman

05.04.21

EPO Already Wasting Money on Media Manipulation Campaigns for European Inventor Award

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 11:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: An online-only European Inventor Award ‘event’ is being used as a pretext/excuse to flood European publishers with money they can rightly perceive as ‘hush money’; everyone out there with no spine would likely buckle at the sight of EPO euros and just produce mindless puff pieces that serve to distract from EPO corruption

THIS afternoon we saw a ridiculous (‘goodwill’ storytelling) puff piece in the Irish Times [1] after another one from Innovation Origin [2] (spotted this morning), a site with a tradition of EPO propaganda, e.g. [3-5]. In [4] they promote European software patent trolls, some of the very worst ones in fact!

“Bear in mind it’s still 1.5 months away and it’s not even an event (no travel), just a bunch of people connecting for chats over the Internet.”Moments before deciding to make this video we caught glimpse of a paid-for press releases (see [6] for an example in English; surely they do the same in other languages for other “markets”).

Why waste money on all this? Bear in mind it’s still 1.5 months away and it’s not even an event (no travel), just a bunch of people connecting for chats over the Internet. To quote the EPO itself [7]: “The 2021 European Inventor Award winners will be announced at a ceremony beginning at 19:00 CEST on 17 June 2021, which has this year been reimagined as a digital event for a global audience. The ceremony will be open to the public and held in an extended reality format.”

Notice how António Campinos is presented as some famous expert in science and patents (he’s an expert in neither; same as Benoît Battistelli).

Links from the video (in order of appearance):

  1. Dublin based designer named finalist in European Inventor Award
  2. Transferring safely from ship to rig on the high seas in no time – Innovation Origin
  3. The more patents the better, for SMEs as well – Innovation Origins
  4. Alessandro Volta should champion Italian innovation – Innovation Origin
  5. Much more innovation is needed to meet CO2 targets by 2050’ – Innovation Origin
  6. SME tech saves seabirds from death: Ben and Pete Kibel named European Inventor Award 2021 finalists
  7. European Inventor Award 2021 finalists announced (warning: epo.org link)

EPO Disregards Animal Welfare

Posted in Europe, Patents at 2:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Like they actually care…

Battistelli-Breton photo-op

Summary: An often overlooked issue surrounding the second-largest institution in Europe is its impact on millions if not billions of animals; there’s ongoing research into that

IT SEEMS TO be common a strategy to troll Free software activists over “ethics” by bringing up animal welfare, so this article won’t be about that.

“We previously highlighted ethical issues associated with patents on cancer (or cancer treatment) and vaccination.”We were recently made aware of ongoing work highlighting the aspects unseen by EPO examiners, some of whom helped grant patents on animals, seeds, plants, the act of breeding and more things that are basically life and nature (it’s not limited to GMO and CRISPR). We previously highlighted ethical issues associated with patents on cancer (or cancer treatment) and vaccination.

“I just stumbled upon your articles on the EPO and how it has been misbehaving,” one reader told me a few days ago. “I found them very interesting as I myself am at the moment writing an essay about the EPC and EPO and how animal welfare is being completely ignored/ patents granted by examiners who have no clue about animal welfare.”

BreedingWhen we started covering EPO affairs around 14 years ago we focused almost exclusively on European software patents, having witnessed the directive in the EU (connected to EPO) just a couple of years earlier, 5 years before Benoît Battistelli turned the Office into a laughing stock — a tradition maintained by António Campinos.

Hopefully we’ll be able to produce material to the effect named above. Work in progress.

05.01.21

[Meme] You Cannot Measure Innovation by the Quantity of Paperwork

Posted in Europe, Patents at 2:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Europe’s second-largest insitution going down the loo

We granted lots of paper -- patents not worth the paper they're on. Papier, bitte.

Summary: The EPO is measuring the wrong thing when declaring ‘growth’ or ‘success’; this is going in the wrong direction, for all the wrong reasons

The EPO Can Never and Will Never Recover If It Fails to Communicate With People Who Actually Understand the Job of a Patent Office

Posted in Europe, Patents at 2:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The EPO isn’t a cash register, it’s supposed to function like a patent office (with only legitimate European Patents)

EPO Rating Cartoon
Image creator unknown. Contributed by a reader 2 years ago.

Summary: Months after the Office (Europe’s largest patent office) cut off communications with the union of staff it informally does the same with internal staff representatives; there seems to be no person with real understanding of patents participating in decision-making processes

PRESIDENT António Campinos (or ‘RESIDENT EVIL’) is no longer trying to impress anyone. Why would he? Staff is well aware that it’s another flavour (or colour) of Benoît Battistelli — moreover one who was shoehorned into this presidency by Battistelli himself.

“The Central Staff Committee (CSC) of the EPO has been doing spectacular work.”The only remaining question is, what’s staff going to do about it?

The Central Staff Committee (CSC) of the EPO has been doing spectacular work. So has SUEPO, which of course supports the CSC (and vice versa, unlike the yellow union nobody hears about anymore).

The other day the CSC wrote and then disseminated among staff the latest letter about the notorious ‘New Normal’, which basically strives to normalise abnormality and illegality [1, 2]. That’s not to say that normalcy/normality is possible after the pandemic, but at the same time crushing the rule of law is universally unacceptable.

“That’s not to say that normalcy/normality is possible after the pandemic, but at the same time crushing the rule of law is universally unacceptable.”“No consultation in sight on the orientation paper,” the CSC moaned, basically repeating what the staff became accustomed to hearing. The gist of it is, Campinos fakes dialogue, hardly even simulating or emulating any. The president’s pretence is revealing. He’s an “empty suit”… he himself knows it. “No more Mr. Nice Guy…”

“Mr Campinos rightly points out that “Towards a New Normal” is an orientation document addressing issues that stand to affect a vast majority of our colleagues considerably,” the CSC told staff. “It is all the more surprising that the only “consultation” he considers necessary is to give the “opportunity to give further input” to “stakeholders”, which will be assessed for inclusion in the final draft of the document.”

What “inclusion”? Nowadays when the EPO speaks of inclusion it means a bunch of fluff that helps distract from the corruption of the EPO’s management. Either way, as the letter below puts it: “You mention that 900 colleagues have followed your invitation to submit input and have contributed. We have no intention of following the invitation of your Principal Director Communication and making the 901st written contribution.”

“…back in February (or thereabouts) the Office cut off communications — except informal — with the union, SUEPO, but now it informally does the same with the Central Staff Committee (not union but internal staff representation).”Guess where Principal Director Communication comes from…

“Proper good-faith statutory consultation must allow a reasonable amount of time for the consulted body to discuss the issue, have its principal questions answered and provide reasoned advice or recommendations,” the CSC continued. “The proposed exercise, i.e. merely sending “further input” to an email address, lacks essential features of a genuine consultation. External stakeholders have also long understood that such a call for input is more of a communication exercise than a consultation.”

It’s all PR, a face-saving exercise of an autocracy advised by Principal Director Communication, an Iberian Joseph Goebbels of sorts.

“The final draft will be submitted to the Administrative Council (AC) in June and gives a basis for making further proposals in the future,” the CSC said, but “Mr Campinos apparently intends to continue the bad habit of the past, which is to get a favourable opinion from the Member States on a vague orientation and use it to confront staff and their representation later with faits accomplis, arguing that the AC has agreed on the orientation anyway.”

This is similar to what they said in the open letter, which is available herein as simplified HTML.

Reference: sc21053cl-0.3.1/
Date: 28.04.2021

European Patent Office | 80298 MUNICH | GERMANY

Mr António Campinos
President of the EPO

ISAR – R.1081

OPEN LETTER

No consultation on New Normal orientation paper

Dear Mr President,

Thank you for your letter of 22 April!

You rightly point out that “Towards a New Normal” is an orientation document addressing issues that stand to affect a vast majority of our colleagues considerably. It is all the more surprising that the only “consultation” you consider necessary is to give the “opportunity to give further input” to “stakeholders”, which will be assessed for inclusion in the final draft of the document.

You mention that 900 colleagues have followed your invitation to submit input and have contributed. We have no intention of following the invitation of your Principal Director Communication and making the 901st written contribution.

In plain language, consultation should be the process of discussing something with someone in order to get their advice or opinion about it1. In legalese, proper good-faith statutory consultation must allow a reasonable amount of time for the consulted body to discuss the issue, have its principal questions answered and provide reasoned advice or recommendations2. Your proposed exercise lacked essential features of a genuine consultation. External stakeholders have also long understood that such a call for input is more of a communication exercise than a consultation3.

____
1 See Cambridge Dictionary
2 See e.g. ILOAT Judgment No. 4230
3 See the Article “Will the EPO still be normal under the „New Normal“?” in Kluwer Patent Blog: “…The language used throughout this document is woolly at best, occasionally suspiciously close to the language used in the infamous communications of the Ministry of Truth in Orwell’s 1984…”


You mention that the final draft will be submitted to the Administrative Council (AC) in June and give a basis for making further proposals in the future. From this we infer that you intend to continue the bad habit of the past, which is to get a favourable opinion from the Member States on a vague orientation and use it to confront staff and their representation with faits accomplis, arguing that the AC has agreed on the orientation anyway. This paves the way for far-reaching reforms that will undoubtedly affect the conditions of employment and the working conditions of staff, on the basis of a document that has bypassed meaningful consultation.

We have stressed the need for consultation in numerous papers and letters4. We regret that you are making less and less effort to maintain a semblance of social dialogue, particularly on the issue of “New Normal”.

This notwithstanding, we make here a final call for consultation.

Yours sincerely,

Alain Dumont
Chairman of the Central Staff Committee

____
4 See e.g.
• “New Normal” An opportunity to focus on EPO staff;
• Workplace concept – Need for a strong “business” case;
• “Towards a New Normal” orientation document – The Staff Representation is ready for dialogue…

As we pointed out before, back in February (or thereabouts) the Office cut off communications — except informal — with the union, SUEPO, but now it informally does the same with the Central Staff Committee (not union but internal staff representation). The Chairman isn’t amused and the change of tone is glaringly obvious, e.g. “we make here a final call for consultation.” (Sounds like an ultimatum of sorts)

04.29.21

When A Source of Pollution and Corruption Paints Itself Green

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 5:02 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: In order to distract from EPO scandals or whiten (paint as green rather) the reputation of the Office a new media campaign started, basically celebrating patents as if they’re a solution to global warming

THE EPO‘s “orange one” has embarked on another greenwashing campaign, just like the ENArque, Benny.

Is orange the new green?

“The EPO isn’t all happiness and windmills; it’s an institution that oppresses people and contributes a lot to pollution, as the video points out.”The video above shows the reach of this latest PR campaign, which the EPO likely wastes a lot of money on.

Is this what a patent office supposed to have spent money on? How about paying your staff? Instead of cutting pay (relative to inflation)…

Two atrocious puff pieces penned or published on the same day (Tuesday) want you to think EPO saves the planet (warning: epo.org link) and conducts ‘studies’ (warning: epo.org link). In reality, however, the EPO is grossly misusing funds to bribe scholars (for self-serving propaganda; there are strings attached) and this greenwashing of patents actually helps monopolies which deny access to solutions/mitigation techniques. More greenwashing stunts, as we noted on Tuesday…

The video above shows 4 new puff pieces, prepared in collaboration with the EPO [1, 2, 3, 4]. The first one we saw in English was published by Deutsche Welle (DW), which (as we said this morning), “has been reduced to mouthpiece of corrupt EPO management, greenwashing an institution that should be on trial for serious crimes. Did DW too take bribes from the EPO or is this PR voluntary?”

The wordings in those puff pieces (also the attribution and logos) suggest close coordination with the EPO. It’s not journalism, it’s just marketing or lobbying. They also quote António Campinos as if he’s some kind of expert (he clearly isn’t), unlike IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol, who is quoted as writing (in a press release): “Around half the emissions reductions to get to net zero by 2050 may need to come from technologies that are not yet on the market…”

He means patents, not technologies.

Patents don’t do anything; manufacturing does.

So, in short, the EPO pretends to be doing studies (propaganda with the veneer or lustre of “science”), clearly a misuse of a patent office for objectives unrelated to it. Are some of these publications bribed (the EPO does bribe publishers, it even brags about this in its annual reports) and, if so, how far does the corrupting power of the EPO stretch? This needs to stop. The EPO isn’t all happiness and windmills; it’s an institution that oppresses people and contributes a lot to pollution, as the video points out.

An old windmill

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