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JUVE Creates English Site, Promotes Unified Patent Court (UPC)

Mathieu Klos‏



Summary: The generally good press outlet has taken a turn for the worse; it looks like it's doing more lobbying than reporting nowadays

BACK in October we complained that JUVE was rewarding proponents and advocates of patent trolls, such as Intellectual Ventures. We don't generally focus on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and that's intentional for reasons we explained before. But when JUVE spoke about Intellectual Ventures it was referring to its presence in Europe; Team UPC is boosted by Intellectual Ventures and the likes of it, salivating over the possibilities UPC would open up to them.



"They very rarely mention us as if our views are illegitimate; having said that, many so-called 'IP' blogs are like that and we can almost take that as a compliment."We generally find JUVE informative (e.g. polls within their echo chambers and occasional insights from courts). They do some solid journalism, especially Mathieu Klos (in the photograph above) and his colleague Christina Schulze, who wrote a lot about the scandals (Schulze is very good too!). The main issue is that they completely ignore actual industry or people who aren't in litigation. They very rarely mention us as if our views are illegitimate; having said that, many so-called 'IP' blogs are like that and we can almost take that as a compliment.

A new person's name has emerged under the name/brand "JUVE" and it's in this UPC puff piece pinned in or penned for a site called juve-patent.com. I hadn't seen it until Benjamin Henrion (FFII) mentioned it this morning, linking to Team UPC tweets. The site, as it turns out, is quite new. Running whois from my GNU Bash shell I get:

   Domain Name: JUVE-PATENT.COM
   Registry Domain ID: 2285031549_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
   Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.psi-usa.info
   Registrar URL: http://www.psi-usa.info
   Updated Date: 2018-07-13T10:14:39Z
   Creation Date: 2018-07-13T10:14:39Z
   Registry Expiry Date: 2019-07-13T10:14:39Z
   Registrar: PSI-USA, Inc. dba Domain Robot
   Registrar IANA ID: 151
   Registrar Abuse Contact Email: domain-abuse@psi-usa.info
   Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +49.94159559482
   Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
   Name Server: A.NS14.NET
   Name Server: B.NS14.NET
   Name Server: C.NS14.NET
   Name Server: D.NS14.NET
   DNSSEC: unsigned


The article in question is classic Team UPC fluff. We never saw the author's name before, so maybe she isn't familiar with the antics and lies of Team UPC. There's so much wrong with this article. Missing the greater barriers to UPC and still repeating the infamous lies (the article at least parrots these lies, directly sourced from and attributed to Team UPC) would be harmful to the reputation of JUVE. Thus far it hasn't been a mere megaphone that relays popular (among Team UPC) lies… instead it investigated, e.g. by contacting the courts. The errant reader is led to believe that UPC would be desirable to the UK and 'unitary' patents being a matter of time (as if the German court is just a bunch of jokers).

"It is a tad worrying that JUVE has expanded to English coverage in an English domain. More so if the writers for that site of JUVE are with litigation firms."As we said at the start, the main problem with JUVE is that it will never speak to actual UPC sceptics or -- GASP -- businesses that actually make something. Legal ‘representatives’ and their front groups are quoted to make up paragraphs, painted as “media” or "press" or "journalism" (Schulze was closest to actual reporting).

It is a tad worrying that JUVE has expanded to English coverage in an English domain. More so if the writers for that site of JUVE are with litigation firms. Whenever JUVE gives a platform to liars from Bristows and other UPC liars it reduces itself to the same level as Kluwer, which hardly even pretends to be objective (if even deletes comments that talk down the UPC). Bristows isn't merely misguided; it's intentionally lying; these people engage in UPC 'necrophilia' and typically they don't manage to interject their lies into bigger media/publishers. Until JUVE comes along...

It was already bad enough that much of today's media that covers patents is basically composed directly by law firms, not real reporters or investigative journalists. Whose side is JUVE on? Lobbying or information?

"...there's lots of dirty stuff going on and instead we have JUVE, presenting itself as a press outlet, engaging in pure lobbying for Team UPC."Speaking of law firms writing 'the news', watch Keith O'Donnell, Oliver R. Hoor and Samantha Schmitz-Merle ("ATOZ Tax Advisers"), who only days ago sought to attract patent trolls and other shells pretending to be stationed in Luxembourg for tax evasion purposes. This is pure marketing (shameless self-promotion disguised as 'news)'. This is how the European Patent Office (EPO) attracts patent trolls and other parasites (thorough Luxembourg, akin to Eastern Texas in the US). To quote this 'advert: "On 4 August 2017, the text of the draft law introducing the new Luxembourg BEPS-compliant Intellectual Property (IP) regime was released. As from 1 January 2018, Luxembourg taxpayers will be able to benefit, under certain conditions, from an 80% exemption regime applicable to income related to patents and copyrighted software. In addition, IP assets which qualify for the 80% (corporate) income tax exemption will be fully exempt from net wealth tax."

'Legalised' tax evasion in Luxembourg is a widely-covered topic (same for Monaco and Switzerland, sometimes the Netherlands and London as well). The point is, there's lots of dirty stuff going on and instead we have JUVE, presenting itself as a press outlet, engaging in pure lobbying for Team UPC.

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