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Links 6/2/2022: Absolute GNU/Linux 15.0 and Linux on IBM PalmTop

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • Inkscape 1.1.2 Delivers More Bug Fixes, Inkscape 1.2 Promises Major UX Changes

        Coming more than four months after Inkscape 1.1.1, Inkscape 1.1.2 delivers more bug fixes for users of the Inkscape 1.1 series. These bug fixes improve various components to work as expected, such as Toolbar fields, which again use the units selected by the user as display units in Document preferences.

        Also improved in Inkscape 1.1.2 is support for graphic tablet pens that have a built-in eraser tip as they now again automatically switch to the correct tool. Moreover, improves repeated copy/paste of an object into a new document with a Live Path Effect to also paste the current object rather than an outdated one.

      • Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Cisco Secure IDS

        Cisco Systems, Inc. is an American multinational technology corporation that focuses on networking hardware and software. It has over 75,000 employees with its headquarters in San Jose, California.

        Cisco has been participating in open source development for almost 30 years including founding projects like OpenDaylight,, VPP, PNDA, SNAS, and OpenH264, and contributing to projects like OPNFV, Kubernetes, OpenStack, Ansible, Chef, Puppet, Maven, and many others.

        Cisco has also been a key contributor to the Linux kernel over the years, accounting for about 0.5% of total kernel commits, and is a Platinum Member of the Linux Foundation and Premium Sponsor of the Open Source Initiative.

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • Educational Distro Escuelas Linux 7.3 Is Here with Linux 5.15 LTS, LibreOffice 7.3, and More

          Coming more than three months after Escuelas Linux 7.2, the Escuelas Linux 7.3 release is here to bump the kernel version to the latest long-term supported series, Linux 5.15 LTS, which brings support for newer hardware, as well as better support for existing devices.

          Escuelas Linux is based on Bodhi Linux, which is derived from Ubuntu, and uses the Moksha desktop environment (an Enlightenment fork). The new release ships with Moksha 0.3.4-10, a release that comes with a lot of goodies, including the ability to drag a window to the left or right side of the screen to maximize it on half of the screen.

      • Slackware Family

        • Absolute-15.0 released

          Six years from 14.2, version 15 of Slackware arrived a couple days ago. Still rock-solid. Still without systemd. Still crazy after all these years.... ?

          I'm giddy.

          I still love the approach Slackware takes toward a solid, bare-bones system. I like to dress it up just enough to make it quickly productive and up- to-date for myself. I will keep the "rolling update" going with the roughly monthly snapshots... the next release of Slackware might be a while :-)

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Programming/Development

        • Twist Promises Easier Quantum Programming | Hackaday

          We keep trying to learn more about quantum computers. But the truth is, the way we program quantum computers — or their simulators — today will probably not have much in common with how we program them in the future. Think about it. Programming your PC is nothing like programming the ENIAC. So we expect we’ll see more and more abstractions over the “bare metal” quantum computer. The latest of these is Twist, from MIT.

          According to the paper (and the video, below), Twist expresses entangled data and processes in a way that traditional programmers can understand. The key concept is known as “purity” of expressions which helps the compiler determine if data is actually entangled with another piece of data or if any potential entanglement is extraneous. A pure expression only depends on qubits it owns, while a mixed expression may use qubits owned by other expressions.

        • Write code inspired by Shakespeare with esolang |

          Maybe you've heard that playwright William Shakespeare contributed 1,700 new words to the English language. But did you know that he has an entire programming language as well?

          SPL (Shakespeare programming language) was created to make source code resemble Shakespeare plays. It is an esoteric language, also known as an esolang. An esolang is a computer programming language designed to experiment with weird ideas, create a challenge for programmers, or simply serve as a source of amusement, rather than for practical use.

  • Leftovers

    • Hendrix in Our Time

      Three completed studio albums:€ Are You Experienced?€ (1967),€ Axis: Bold as Love(1968),€ Electric Ladyland€ (1969). That’s all we have from Jimi Hendrix. Each distinctive. Each meticulously crafted. Each musically innovative and thematically coherent. There’s nothing else like them in the canon of rock€ music. And then he was gone. Dead in a London flat at the age of 27 and, as a consequence, forever linked to the ghosts of two infinitely lesser talents: the Texas screecher Janis Joplin and the messianic drug-fiend Jim Morrison.

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    • New Frontex command structures: Vice directors begin their work

      Since 2016, the EU border agency has been given considerably more power. A new management post is now responsible for the currently established armed border force, a deportation unit and data retention.

    • Camping For $25: Thrift Store Hacks To Keep Cozy | Hackaday

      A hacker is somebody who’s always thinking creatively to solve problems, usually using what they have on hand. Sometimes that means using a 555 to build a CPU, and other times it means using a dead flashlight to start a fire. In the video below the break, [Kelly] shows us a series of hacks you can use while camping in the woods for a night to keep you warm, dry, and well fed!

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Biometric mass surveillance: New study warns of Chinese surveillance methods in Europe

              Also on Friday, 4 February, the Winter Olympics will open in Beijing, China, against a backdrop of serious human rights concerns. However, in the run-up to the upcoming 2024 Olympics in Paris, organisers in Europe are also looking into the possibility of increasing biometric mass surveillance at sporting events. In doing so, politicians would deliberately accept the loss of privacy, limitation on freedom of expression, and the division of society and discrimination.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Opinion | Tone-Deaf Navy Lawsuit Wrongfully Calls State of Hawaii Shut Down of Leaking Jet Fuel Tanks 'Erroneous'

        Two lawsuits filed on February 2, 2022 by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the Department of Defense and the Department of Navy challenge the State of Hawaii's emergency order to shut down and defuel the leaking 80-year-old jet fuel tanks. These lawsuits have created another public relations nightmare for the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense as residents of O'ahu have expressed their dismay and outrage to the continuing threat of jet fuel to their drinking water aquifer. In November 2021, the Red Hill tank system leaked jet fuel into the drinking water of 93,000 residents in military housing around Pearl Harbor Navy Base and Hickam Air Force base.

      • Opinion | Is Congress Willing to Fix Biden's Failed Yemen Policy?
      • Police in Hesse expand use of „Super Recognisers“

        In Frankfurt, two full-time officers are now working for the humanoid facial recognition. Every day, they compare current wanted persons with existing pictures in police databases. The procedure is also supposed to work with concealed faces.

      • Death Surrounds Us — We Cannot Ignore Its Reality, or Its Mystery
      • A 'Welcome Move': Biden Restores Sanctions Waiver Targeting Iran

        Supporters of the Iran nuclear deal welcomed news Friday that the Biden administration restored sanctions waivers seen as key to a mutual return to the agreement.

        "Trump never should have revoked these waivers in the first place, which are in the U.S. interest and benefit nonproliferation efforts."

      • Russia, Ukraine, and The New York Times

        Ukraine shares a border with Russia the way Mexico and Canada do with the United States. Since 1823, we have claimed the right to defend our hemisphere in accordance with the Monroe Doctrine, and now Russia is putting into practice a similar policy against a militarized Ukraine. The parallels are close; the reasons for a defensive posture, obvious. Yet Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said the US no longer believes that there are spheres of influence.

        Or rather, there is just one sphere: the ever-expanding terrain of legitimate Western democracies approved by NATO. This worldview—an immediate, unexamined consequence of the fall of Soviet communism in 1991—cut a clear path through the Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama, and (for all the fuss) Trump administrations. But there were two bumps that might have served as a warning. In 2008, Georgia’s attack on Russian troops in South Ossetia was answered with decisive and crushing force, and in 2014, Russia responded to the US-backed coup in Ukraine by annexing Crimea. Vladimir Putin explained that when he next visited Sevastopol, he would prefer not to be greeted by NATO sailors on the Black Sea.

      • The Politics of the Capitol Insurrection Are Spreading Across the Country

        There was a sense, on the afternoon of the Capitol insurrection, that violent white American Trumpism had reached its apex. But by the next morning, as Republican politicians and right-wing media figures began rewriting history in real time—claiming antifa actually did it, pretending the insurrectionists merely went on self-guided tours of the building and “took selfies,” portraying the white mobs as victims—it became clear that the previous day’s act of sedition hadn’t been the final spasm of white supremacist anti-democracy but the harbinger of white supremacist anti-democracy to come. And those who support and excuse it are attempting to give the anti-democratic violence of the insurrection a veneer of respectability by dressing it up in the language of election integrity.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • House Dems' New Anti-Progressive PAC Is Funded by Corporate Lobbyists and PACs
      • Forced Sterilizations Are Still Legal in 31 States, New Report Shows
      • South Dakota Governor Signs "Cruel and Dangerous" Transgender Athletes Ban
      • Stop the Saber-Rattling! Greens Call for Immediate Diplomacy to Resolve Ukraine Crisis

        Green Party leaders called on the Biden administration to immediately cease escalating military tensions and pursue a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis.

        In response to fear of Russian military incursion into Ukraine, this week U.S. troops from a number of bases across the country have been put on high alert for possible deployment to Europe, and the U.S. has sent a second batch of weapons to Ukraine. Paramilitaries trained by the CIA in the U.S. are reportedly advising counterparts in eastern Ukraine, even while Democrats in Congress are fast-tracking for passage this week a bill for $500 million more in weapons for Ukraine.

        The Biden administration’s threats of military buildup and sanctions against Russia are escalating this crisis to an increasingly dangerous level. The one-upmanship and nuclear and military rhetoric must cease immediately. The only gains in a military clash are for military contractors.

        “The risk of this conflict erupting into a disastrous large-scale war is too great to ignore in order to please arms makers and bellicose politicians,” said Madelyn Hoffman, 2020 Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate from New Jersey and a member of the Green Party Peace Action Committee (GPAX). “Specifically, in the matter of Ukraine, the U.S. should negotiate a reduction of military forces in the conflict zone. We call on the Biden administration to pursue a diplomatic solution. We urge the Biden administration to heed European Union allies France and Germany calling for diplomacy, to acknowledge that Ukraine leaders believe Russian invasion is not imminent, and to pursue possible grounds for talks on secondary issues. The United States must also respect Ukraine’s right to self-determination.”

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Counsel call for transparency in China’s bad-faith screening [Ed: When Sukanya Sarkar says "sources" she means sponsors (for whom she amplifies something for lobbying purposes)]

          Sources say China’s measures to tackle bad-faith patent filings have delivered mixed results, and genuine applicants are suffering because of its lack of transparency

        • Counsel laud India SC’s rare TM decision, but want more ][Ed: This is about trademarks, but same author. Notice how they always tell what "Counsel" have to say but nobody else; bought 'journalism'.]

          The Supreme Court of India’s recent trademark infringement ruling on identical marks is welcome, but counsel hope that the forum settles more key issues soon

        • Counsel at odds over UK designs overhaul [Ed: Max Walters still a faithful mouthpiece of lawsuits-happy sponsors of his journalism (lobbying). what do people who cannot profit from litigation have to say, Max?]

          Counsel say the UKIPO’s call for views on post-Brexit design laws provides a chance to explore new opportunities, but note that red flags have been raised

        • Continental Europe’s patent firms slow to increase hourly rates [Ed: The aggressive litigation firms that pay this writer for propaganda charge 'only' half a grand an hour?]

          €700 is substantial in terms of hourly rates, even for a European partner specialising in patent litigation. This is what a partner at a leading German patent litigation firm charges on average per hour in a normal infringement case.

          “In litigation for US clients, I can charge up to €1,250 per hour,” reveals the partner of a leading German patent litigation firm. In large global patent battles, one patent attorney reports that the wallets of US clients are particularly loose. They can also charge up to €1,200 per hour for such proceedings.

          In contrast, in 2021, partners in law and patent attorney firms across Europe charged an average of €460 per hour for patent litigation. This is one result of a current survey by JUVE Patent among European patent firms.

        • A remote village, a world-changing invention and the epic legal fight that followed [Ed: Instead of feeding people Ocado is just suing people with junk patents that courts already frown upon; of course the EPO played a role]

          If your groceries are supplied by Ocado in the U.K. (or Kroger in Cincinnati and Atlanta, or Casino in Paris, for which Ocado supplies technology), you have experienced his legacy. The retail industry increasingly relies on automated warehouses, and the approach that Hognaland pioneered and that Ocado built on, is even more advanced than Amazon’s. AutoStore systems are being used in more than 40 countries, with 29,000 robots on wheels.

          It would be an inspiring story of inventive genius in logistics, except for one problem: Hognaland’s idea turned out to be so valuable that Ocado adapted it without permission. That set off an ongoing global patent battle between the two companies, with billions at stake. When Ocado won one stage of a U.S. legal case in December, its value rose by more than €£1 billion that day, while AutoStore’s dropped.

          On one side is a quiet, determined Scandinavian company that spent a quarter of a century diligently making its robots work, one step at a time. On the other, an aggressive British disrupter that seized on the idea to turn itself into a juggernaut. And beneath it all, a classic question: does a revolutionary innovation belong to the person who had the idea, or should it belong to the world?

        • American Manganese poised to add China to its global patent portfolio [Ed: US has fallen so far behind that now there's an effort to secure patents in China rather than the other way around; Chinese patent quality is regarded as a joke]

          The Chinese patent office has issued the company with a 'Notice of Allowance' for the company’s National Phase Patent Application for its technology RecycLiCo.

        • An End To Adapting The Description To Allowed Claims At The EPO? [Ed: This board, like all the other boards, isn't compliant with the EPC; it's basically a kangaroo court controlled by the EPO's corrupt and truly illegitimate regime]

          According to EPO Examining Division practice, once claims are found to be allowable, the description must be "adapted to the claims to avoid inconsistencies between the claims and the description" (The Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office, Part F, Chapter IV, section 4.3, paragraph iii1). In a recent decision (T1989/182) an EPO Technical Board of Appeal considered the legal basis for this requirement.

        • Implementing Regulations Confirm The GCC Patent Office's New Working Model [Ed: Overzealous litigation giant Gowling WLG, which spreads fake news for financial gain, is trying to extend its 'patent hegemony' regime to the Gulf]

          In January 2021, the Patent Office of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC patent office) stopped accepting new GCC patent applications following a meeting of the GCC Supreme Council. This meeting resulted in an amended GCC Patent Regulation being issued in May 2021 and more recently the Implementing Regulations in November 2021. Below we take you through the key takeaways for the new Regulations.

          A review of the Regulations confirm the position set out in the amended GCC Patent Regulation, that the GCC Patent Office will resume handling patent applications, their examination and grant, as well as annuities. However, the significant change from pre-January 2021 applications, is that the GCC Patent Office will only do so upon request from a national patent office in the GCC. Rather than file directly with the GCC Patent Office, applicants will have to file for a GCC patent through a national office.

        • Nokia 4G patent upheld by European Patent Office, stronger than ever thanks to Daimler's wasteful litigation effort [Ed: Nokia leverages patents from the EPO to tax everything, and to nobody's actual advantage]

          The dispute with Daimler is the gift that keeps on giving to Nokia. The case settled seven months ago, but yesterday Nokia's EP2550762 on "signalling of channel information" got upheld by an opposition panel of the European Patent Office with only a minor amendment, which still allows Nokia to claim that it is essential to the 4G/LTE standard. The patent relates to carrier aggregation (aggregating bandwidth from different parts of the spectrum).

          Nokia didn't assert that standard-essential patent (SEP) against Daimler, but it was on a list accompanying Nokia's infringement notice, so Daimler and its supplier TomTom challenged it, possibly also hoping to drive up Nokia's litigation costs. Daimler wasn't actually listed as a party, but their lawyers (Quinn Emanuel) obviously weren't opposing the patent pro bono.


          Daimler's litigation department managed that litigation a bit like people who order whatever item on the restaurant menu is priciest. You could take a burger straight out of McDonald's, put it on the menu, charge $350, and those types of people would order it even if they could get a filet mignon from wagyu beef at half the price at what would still be an upscale restaurant on the other side of the street. There came a point when others in the organization were no longer prepared to support that wasteful spending. Now they just have to realize at Daimler that it's a mistake in German patent litigation not to hire interdisciplinary teams consisting of attorneys at law and patent attorneys. Patent attorneys won this one for Nokia.

          Nokia definitely got a lot of value out of the Daimler dispute. But again, sophisticated tech companies, above all smartphone makers, are the real challenge, provided that can come up with a new challenge to EP'762 as merely rehashing Daimler's unavailing arguments won't help.

        • Relief Announces That Collaboration Partner, Acer Therapeutics, was Issued U.S. Patent 11,202,767 Covering ACER-001 Methods of Use for Treatment of Urea Cycle Disorders and Maple Syrup Urine Disease
        • Worldwide: For The First Time In History - Australian Court Rules That Artificial Intelligence Can Be Registered As An Inventor In A Patent [Ed: This has been mostly a source of shame and disgrace to Australia, which got conned by buzzwords, lies, and lawyers]

          In the last month, the Australian court has set a global legal precedent, according to which an artificial intelligence system can be registered as an inventor under a patent. Although the decision is not a formal legal precedent, it may be the first far-reaching change in the realm of intellectual property, science, technology and business.

        • UK Court Rules Apple Must Unconditionally Commit To A FRAND License To Avoid An Injunction [Ed: Blackmail (embargo) by patents benefits nobody, even if in this particular case it hurts a nasty company like Apple]

          In a recent judgment (Optis Cellular Technology LLC & Ors v Apple Retail UK Ltd & Ors [2021] EWHC 2564 (Pat), 27 September 2021), Meade J, sitting in the England and Wales High Court, gave a decision in a series of trials relating to eight of Optis's patents in the field of telecommunications. Each of these patents is asserted to be a standard-essential patent (SEP) and was declared to the European Telecommunications Standard Institute (ETSI).

        • T 1989/18: adaptation of the description of a European patent application [Ed: Suffice to say, these EPO tribunals are patently rigged; a dog wagged by its own tail]

          Prior to grant of a European patent application, examiners often request the description to be adapted for consistency with the subject matter of the allowable set of claims. This became a more onerous exercise following an update to the EPO Guidelines for Examination in March 2021, which set out a significantly greater range of circumstances in which the description should be adapted. A recent decision from an EPO Board of Appeal considered whether there was legal basis for refusing an application if the description was not adapted to the subject matter of the claims.

        • Progress for the realisation of the Unified Patent Court [Ed: No, UPC is illegal; as such, it will be stopped, just like before...]

          The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is a proposed common patent court open for EU member states hearing cases regarding infringement and revocation of European patents (including the new Unitary Patent). If carried through, the Unitary Patent and the UPC represents significant changes to European patent law. In essence, it will create a single approach to patent protection and litigation across the participating EU member states.

        • [Older]Current Patenting Issues In Europe Facing Life Sciences/Biotech Innovators And Effective Claim Drafting Strategies To Avoid Pitfalls [Ed: Notice the total disregard for the law; they look at the law as an obstacle to overcome, not obey, in the name of aggression/litigation]

          This paper is in two sections. The first relates to current topics, issues and developments in European patent practice in that may be relevant for innovators in the life sciences. As far as possible, this first part tracks the issues discussed from a US perspective in the paper submitted by my co-panellist Courtenay Brinckerhoff of Foley & Lardner LLP, in the hope that US-based readers can better compare the situation in the US with that in Europe. The second part, focussing on differences between US and European practice and how to avoid these differences becoming pitfalls for US applicants, is more timeless - as in general these issues change relatively little over time, and yet they remain problems if they remain unfamiliar. For completeness, both sections include some information on issues that are general to all applicants but equally or especially relevant to those in the life sciences.

        • [Older] Judge Albright Issues Updated Standing Order for Patent Cases [Ed: The patent trolls' kangaroo court]

          The Eastern District of Texas manages more patent cases than any other district court in the United States.

        • Imugene welcomes new chief medical officer and talks significant new patents [Ed: Too much emphasis on patents instead of products; in this case, patents from EPO whose own examiners complain about invalid grants]

          Imugene's Leslie Chong discusses with Proactive's Andrew Scott the appointment of Dr Steven Cha as Chief Medical Officer and a member of the company's executive management team. IMU has recently received a notice of grant from the Japanese Patent Office which protects its oncolytic virotherapy CF33, including VAXINIA (CF33-hNIS) and CHECKVacc (CF33-hNIS-antiPDL1). The company has also opened the doors to a large and lucrative market for immuno-oncology by securing a Notice of Grant from the European Patent Office for its HER-Vaxx immunotherapy.

        • [Older] An Absolute Novelty Design Patent Trap for the Unwary [Ed: Design patents are a sham]

          Global design patent strategies are increasingly being relied upon by retail and consumer products companies as a cost-effective way to protect key product lines. However, it is important to understand the various nuances of global design patent strategies since there are traps for the unwary, most notably in Australia and China.

        • EPO to Allow Applicants to File Early Requests to Obtain a Unitary Patent [Ed: EPO knowingly breaking the law yet again; and since nobody ever holds the EPO accountable for its many crimes even the so-called law firms are boosting these illegal acts for personal (financial) gain)]

          The EPO has issued a notice explaining that, in the lead up to the entry into force of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement, which will make “Unitary” Patents available based on a granted European patent, it will be possible for applicants to file early requests for a European patent to take unitary effect after grant.

        • The Fundamentals of the Unified Patent Court System and the New Unitary Patent [Ed: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP cannot help itself; it knowingly misleads clients and lobbies for illegal agenda using fake news strategies]

          To understand the impact of the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court, it is helpful to consider the status quo of European patent law.

          Each European country has its own patent laws, and patents are generally granted with national effect only.

        • The UPC Opt-out for European Patents – Should I Stay or Should I Go? [Ed: For the second time in one week this so-called 'law' firm produced misleading headlines, in order to promote this idea that an illegal system is already here and in force]

          For further insights related to the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court click here.

          Proprietors of European Patents will have the opportunity to avoid jurisdiction of the Unified Patent Court by filing so-called opt-out applications during an initial Transitional Period of at least seven years. An opt-out will remove the jurisdiction of the UPC for the opted-out European Patent and effectively maintain the judicial status quo: Opted-out European Patents can only be enforced or invalidated by national courts in the same way they can now.

          However, a European Patent can only be opted out so long as it has not yet been the subject of UPC proceedings. For example, once a revocation action has been filed against a European Patent with the UPC, opting out will be impossible. Accordingly, the decision of whether or not to opt-out can be time critical.

        • Germany: UPC - Progress Towards The Start Of The Unitary Patent System [Ed: Keltie, which has long promoted illegal agenda (breaking of the law does not bother so-called 'law' firms), is once again pushing fake news and utterly illegal agenda]

          Following delays from Brexit and a constitutional challenge in Germany, the deposit of Austria's instrument of ratification on the Protocol on Provisional Application to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC) in mid January 2022 has started the provisional application period which allows final preparations for the UPC to be made.

        • Unitary Patent court: where we are and where we’re going [Ed: Bugnion SpA, with an utter conflict of interest, also maliciously spreads false "news" in an effort to enforce an illegal and unconstitutional agenda]
        • EPO Issues Guidance On Achieving Unitary Patent Status From Day 1 Of The UPC/UP System For European Patent Applications Coming Up To Grant [Ed: EPO is (once again) intentionally breaking the law and Herbert Smith Freehills, profiteers of patent trolls, cheer for the criminals]
        • The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court Are Expected to Go Live in Less than a Year [Ed: More fake news, as usual, from people with a clear conflict of interest]

          The Unitary Patents system – providing for the new Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) – will have a profound impact on patent protection, patent enforcement and patent revocation proceedings in Europe.

        • Unified Patent Court starts final preparations [Ed: And yet another large so-called 'law' firm is promoting a crime, based on fake news that it helped promote with other such firms]

          Austria deposited its ratification of the Protocol on Provisional Application of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court as the thirteenth signatory state with the European Council on 18 January 2022. As a result, the phase of provisional applicability of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA) will enter into force. This phase includes the final organisational preparations for the launch of the UPC. The Chairman of the Preparatory Committee, Alexander Ramsay, expects that the UPC could start its work after a preparatory phase of about eight months. Subsequently, Germany as "gatekeeper" is to deposit its instrument of ratification of the UPCA, so that the UPCA will enter into full force four more months later.

        • ILOAT: Former EPO president Battistelli violated staff’s right of free association [Ed: And see the pattern]

          The EPO violated the fundamental right of free association of its staff in 2014 by giving (former) president Benoit Battistelli the power to determine the detailed conditions relating to the staff committee elections. The Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization (ILOAT) has ruled this in its judgment 4482, which was published after its 133d session late January. The decision, together with two other ILOAT judgments in which high moral damages were awarded, is yet again a display of the lack of legal protection and democracy at the EPO in the Battistelli era.

          Last year, the ILOAT had already ruled that Battistelli abused his power in July 2013 by restricting the rights of staff members to strike (case 4430), see also this blogpost. At the time the ILOAT ruled that Circular No. 347, regulating the restrictions, was unlawful. This time Circular No. 355 was quashed by the ILOAT, which contained implementing rules for a “social democracy” reform introduced by the Administrative Council in decision CA/D 2/14 on 28 March 2014.

        • Software Patents

          • $12,000 for Atlantic IP Services sub, Speir Technologies, prior art

            On January 28, 2022, Unified added 6 new PATROLL contests, with a $2,000 cash prize for each, seeking prior art on the list below. The patents are owned by Speir Technologies, an Atlantic IP Services subsidiary. The contests will all end on May 31, 2022. Please visit PATROLL for more information or click on each link below.

            We also have third-party prior art providers giving our researchers a head start in the hunt! Click on each of the contests to find more from, Techson IP, IPscreener, Ambercite, and Google Patent Analytics.

          • $2,000 for eSignature prior art

            On January 26, 2022, Unified Patents added a new PATROLL contest, with a $2,000 cash prize, seeking prior art on at least claim 1 of U.S. Patent 8,065,527. The patent is owned by eSignature, LLC, an NPE. The '527 generally relates to a system and method for embedding a written signature into a secure electronic document. It is currently being asserted against Adobe.

          • $18,000 for Dominion Harbor sub, Redwood Technologies, prior art [Ed: Microsoft-connected (via IV) patent troll Dominion Harbor]

            On January 28, 2022, Unified added 9 new PATROLL contests, with a $2,000 cash prize for each, seeking prior art on the list below. The patents are owned by Redwood Technologies, LLC, an NPE and entity of the Dominion Harbor Group. The contests will all end on May 31, 2022. Please visit PATROLL for more information or click on each link below.

      • Trademarks

        • TTAB Affirms "Unlawful Use" Refusal of HARBOR HEMP COMPANY for Supplements "Containing Legally Produced Industrial Hemp Extract"

          Applicant Harbor Hemp applied to register the mark HARBOR HEMP COMPANY in standard character and design form (below), for non-medicated skin preparations (Class 3), dietary and nutritional supplements (Class 5), and electronic cigarettes (Class 34), all "containing legally produced industrial hemp extract." USPTO refused registration as to the Class 5 goods on the ground that the goods are "per se unlawful under the FDCA and therefore Applicant does not have a bona fide intent to use the mark in lawful commerce under Sections 1 and 45 of the Trademark Act." The Board affirmed that refusal. It also affirmed refusals of the entire applications based on the applicant's failure to disclaim "HEMP COMPANY" and its failure to amend the description of the mark to conform to the application drawing and the color claim of record.. In re Harbor Hemp Company LLC, Serial Nos. 88377702 and 88377730 (January 27, 2002) [not precedential] (Opinion by Judge Thomas Shaw).


          Applicant did not submit evidence of FDCA approval, and so it was unlawful for applicant to introduce its goods into the marketplace at the time of its application filing date. [I believe that the drug Epidiolex is the only drug derived from marijuana that has been approved by the FDCA - ed. (FDA announcement here)].

          Nevertheless, applicant argued that, at least for intent-to-use applications, registration should be allowed where use in any one state is illegal, since the trademark owner can avoid selling in states where it is illegal. The Board disagreed.

        • Design Systems in China and the European Union [Ed: Which institution is more corrupt? EUIPO or its Chinese counterpart?]

          The design of a product can be protected by an intellectual property right through a registration before an intellectual property office. In this article, it will be compared the design systems of China and European Union.

          In general terms, the scope of protection of a design encompasses the appearance of the whole or a part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colors, shape, pattern, texture and/or materials of the product itself and/or its ornamentation.


          A Chinese patent design is valid for a maximum of 15 years from the filing date subject to the payment of annuity fees. The new Patent Law increases the term of design patents from 10 years to 15 years, which is a reflection of the preparation of China’s accession to the Hague Agreement, since the minimum protection period for designs is 15 years among the contracting states of the Hague Agreement.

          In the EU, a RCD is initially valid for 5 years from the filing date and can be renewed for 5‑year periods, up to a maximum of 25 years. However, the protection of an unregistered design only lasts 3 years from the date of its first public disclosure within the EU territory.

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        • BREIN Chases Largest Dutch Pirate IPTV Supplier Around The World

          Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN is leaving no stone unturned to hold the one-time largest pirate IPTV trader in the Netherlands to account. After investigations in the UK and Portugal, BREIN says it has now tracked the man to Brazil, where it intends to enforce civil proceedings and report the man to the authorities, while seizing domains.

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