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Watchtroll Continues to Attack Officials Who Favour Technology Over Law Firms and This Time Zoe Lofgren is the Target

Because she bemoans patent trolls they make her look ugly and irrational

Zoe Lofgren



Summary: Watchtroll continues its war against technology-friendly politicians, instead propping up the litigation maximalists and patent trolls' agenda

THE JUDGE-BASHING Watchtroll has managed to outdo itself yet again. The only thing which surprises us is that some companies (like IBM) are willing to associate themselves with it. Iancu (USPTO Director) even gave them an interview recently, after they had repeatedly bashed his predecessor.

"Does IP Kat really want to declare a war on judges? The very same thing which destroys the EPO?"How low can one sink? IP Kat, which used to cover EPO scandals, is nowadays writing stuff which cites Watchtroll and attacks patent judges. It did this again a few hours ago, not too long after the UPC and software patents nonsense of last week.

Does IP Kat really want to declare a war on judges? The very same thing which destroys the EPO? Remember that the EPO attacked or ignored judges at many levels (ILO, The Hague, BoA and more).

Watchtroll is now attacking politicians who speak about patent trolls. A couple of hours ago it did some sort of nasty attack (with an ugly photo) on Zoe Lofgren. Remember they also engaged in this kind vicious campaign against Michelle Lee, who preceded Iancu. Watchtroll is a toxic person and site. From this latest article:

At a recent House Judiciary Committee Oversight Hearing, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) jumped into the patent troll debate with both feet, casting herself as a staunch defender of efficient infringement as she wondered what in the world is going on at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. For additional coverage see here and here.

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According to OpenSecrets.org, the campaign committee of Zoe Lofgren has received $770,600 in contributions during the 2017-18 election cycle. More than $130,000 worth of that total comes from the electronics manufacturing and equipment sector, the single largest industry sector contributing money to Lofgren’s 2018 re-election campaign. The top 20 contributors to Lofgren include a host of names that are deeply entrenched in the efficient infringement side of the battle for the soul of the U.S. patent system. This includes Cisco, a member of the High Tech Inventors Alliance and the 2nd-largest contributor to Lofgren’s campaign ($25,250). Other tech giants contributing to Lofgren’s coffers include Alphabet (6th largest, $18,800), Microsoft (7th, $14,300), Apple (9th, $10,900), Facebook and Netflix (both 14th, $10,400). Given that these funds, which are crucial to Lofgren, represent a small fraction of what any of these tech giants would have to pay if patent owners could actually enforce their patent rights in the face of infringement, it makes prefect sense for those companies to contribute within the limits (or lack thereof) of the law.


Even if she 'works' for technology firms rather than a bunch of litigators, does that make it a problem? At least she isn't taking money from firms like Monsanto, whose entire business model depends on patenting life/nature -- a concept as ludicrous as it sounds (rejected in other countries outright).

"Who ruins the country? Judge-bashing pundits or people who actually create things?"To summarise, the above is just the latest example of Watchtroll's overly anti-science, anti-technology slant, basically portraying US-based companies that offer products and services worldwide as the ruiners of the United States. Who ruins the country? Judge-bashing pundits or people who actually create things?

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