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As European Patent Office Goes Down in Many Aspects/Respects (Quality, Employee Profiles and More) IAM -- the EPO's Mouthpiece -- Claims “Patent Renaissance”, Repeats EPO Lies

The strong relationship between IAM and the management of the EPO (Team Battistelli) was well demonstrated when IAM set up UPC advocacy events

IAM events



Summary: A new IAM 'survey' or 'benchmark' is more of the same, so the EPO's management is going to love it, as usual

IAM's 90th issue has come out and it's full of hilarity as usual. It's basically the "Pravda" of the patent maximalists. We've taken some time to quickly review it and shake the head.



IAM's Tim Au and Adam Houldsworth released this thing (mostly behind paywall) titled "Europe enjoys a patent renaissance, despite Brexit and UPC uncertainty".

"It's basically the "Pravda" of the patent maximalists."So based on less than 900 self-selecting responses (probably patent maximalists) they got themselves another one of those notorious surveys that Battistelli loves citing every year, making ludicrous claims about performance at the EPO. The paywall prevents us from seeing what they say about the EPO, but maybe Battistelli will soon reveal what they have claimed, as usual [1, 2, 3]. Here's what they say on the US:

The US fightback, revealed in last year’s IAM benchmarking survey, may have come to an end. While 2017’s results revealed a favourable swing in sentiment towards the US patent regime, this year’s responses suggest that gloom may be descending once more – even before the Oil States judgment became known.


What they mean by "gloom" is less litigation (or less successful patent lawsuits), that's all. The USPTO granted too many patents in error.

"What they mean by "gloom" is less litigation (or less successful patent lawsuits), that's all. The USPTO granted too many patents in error."We can imagine, based on the headline, that they will then praise what Battistelli has done (other than dropping some cash onto IAM via his external PR firm). In this same issue IAM also repeats the EPO's "SMEs" propaganda, citing the EPO itself (the foundation or fountain of all lies) as 'proof' or 'source'. Well, why not just copy-paste press releases from the EPO and Battistelli-commissioned 'studies'? Instead John P McManus wrote this, linking to the EPO's Web site and basically rephrasing the EPO:

Challenging the common misconception that patent protection is too complex and costly for small and medium-sized enterprises, recent European Patent Office case studies reveal that such companies are building success through their IP strategies

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are widely perceived to lack the necessary means to maximise their IP potential. However, the European Patent Office (EPO) has published a series of case studies on a variety of SMEs across Europe which contradicts this (http://epo.org/sme). The companies interviewed spoke candidly about the commercial and financial benefits that intellectual assets contribute to their businesses and the importance of developing IP strategies early to best serve their long-term business interests.


To those who still think that IAM is independent from the EPO, a reality check may be needed. It's more like an extension of Team Battistelli and it's really worried that more people will find out about it. Battistelli will soon be a keynote speaker at IAM's event, where he will promote software patents. He even writes articles for IAM. For those who forgot just how much Battistelli loves IAM's 'surveys', here are a couple of reminders (below).

Battistelli and IAM



EPO and IAM

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