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British Technology News Sites Point Out the Absurdity of Ratifying UPC in the UK Amid Brexit

Saturday 28th of April 2018 07:18:46 AM

“Even if the UPC does gets [sic] passed, it is still going to take years and significant effort to repair the damage done by Battistelli.”

Summary: In the face of Brexit, which shows no signs of abandonment (not yet anyway), UPC is being pushed by the British Minister for Intellectual Property, Sam Gyimah, raising all sorts of legitimate and awkward questions

IT didn’t take long for real journalists rather than stenographers of law firms and the EPO to write about this latest absurdity.

Well, published by Kieren McCarthy in The Register on Friday night (around 8PM when many people are already offline) was this article titled “That Brexit in action: UK signs pact to let Euro court judge its patents” and it’s similar to what we have said in our two articles about it [1, 2] (so far, there’s likely much more on the way).

To quote a couple of portions:

Britain has finally signed up to Europe’s unified patent court (UPC) – a long-planned simplification of the continent’s patent system – but big questions still remain thanks to Brexit and a federal court challenge in Germany.

“The Minister for Intellectual Property, Sam Gyimah MP, has today confirmed that the UK has ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA),” the UK government said in a formal announcement.

Soon after, the ratification appeared on the European Union’s treaty webpage, confirming that it is a done deal.

But despite the UK government noting that “our ratification brings the international court one step closer to reality,” the truth is that thanks to the UK’s planned exit from the European Union, things are much messier than they appear.

While the UK is signing the treaty as a member of the European Union, by the time the UPC is up and running, it will almost certainly not be a member of said union, if Brexit is allowed to run its course. In other words, the UK has backed a court system that, come next year, may or may not have any jurisdiction over the country.

On one level, the UK – in pursuing its efforts to break free from European laws – has just agreed to abide by European laws: the patent court’s decision will have the European Court of Justice as its ultimate decider.

[...]

Thankfully for the EPO, Battistelli will be leaving later this year but his determined drive to get more patents approved each year has led to a complete breakdown in communication between EPO staff and examiners and its management, a drop in patent quality, and earned him numerous rebukes from international organizations and European politicians.

Even if the UPC does gets passed, it is still going to take years and significant effort to repair the damage done by Battistelli.

As usual, comments on such articles are dominated by the anti-EU crowd rather than patent professionals, one of whom wrote: “The contradiction #Brexit <-> UPC cannot be kept under the radar forever. #UPC means: A Danish / … chamber, with a majority of Danish / … judges, on the basis of proceedings in Danish / …, under the surveillance of the #ECJ, can stop production in the UK.”

Yes, exactly. This also makes UPC as a whole unconstitutional. How can one be subjected to rulings in languages one does not even comprehend? This among other things is grounds for the Constitutional complaint in Germany (FCC).

The EPO Grants Software Patents Under the ‘CII’ Umbrella, Mass Litigation in Europe Already a Problem

Saturday 28th of April 2018 06:21:10 AM

From the latest Gazette (referring to software patents as “CII” whilst alluding to "4IR")

Summary: The decline in patent quality at the EPO is becoming a liability to Europe, in effect passing tremendous costs to European businesses and the European public while the EPO’s Chief Economist (another Frenchman with connections to Battistelli) does not seem to care

THE EPO is fast becoming worse than the USPTO when it comes to patent quality. It also targets software patents from the US now that over 50% of EP applications are software-related, by the EPO’s own admission. Yesterday a US-based site published a gender-oriented piece that’s the latest Battistelli puff piece (it’s an ongoing and very expensive PR campaign). To quote:

European Patent Office President Benoit Battistelli praised Sans Takeuchi’s battery work for benefitting millions of patients – and said her advances rank her among history’s top American innovators.

European Inventor Award. Patent award/s. Even to Americans who are literal frauds whose “millions of patients” fell for a scam that EPO management made a European Inventor Award finalist.

It sure sounds as though the EPO grants software patents that are then already used for large-scale litigation campaigns. From yesterday’s press release:

IDnow, Europe’s leading provider of online identity verification solutions for the financial services, mobility, telecommunications and many other sectors, has taken another step in protecting key elements of its innovative online identity platform as the European Patent Office in Munich found its amended patent EP 2 948 891 to be valid.

The patent, which was applied for in January 2014 and was granted by the EPO on May 18, 2016, was contested by the Deutsche Post and another competitor. With 2 minor amendments suggested by IDnow, the EPO maintained the patent.

[...]

The involved parties may appeal this decision, but this will not affect the parallel patent infringement proceedings where there will be a hearing in the Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court in June 2018 to decide whether another competitor of IDnow has violated this patent.

So they now serially go after a whole bunch of companies, over an “online identity platform” patent which is clearly a software patent. Remember that a recent study showed patent trolling in Europe soaring. Maybe Battistelli’s Chief Economist deems/considers that to be a feature, not a bug. Battistelli’s agenda is toxic and highly dangerous not just to the EPO but to everywhere in Europe.

Short: EPO Brags About EPO-Bribed Media Covering EPO-Funded ‘Study’

Saturday 28th of April 2018 05:54:14 AM

Related: Short: EPO Bribes the Media and Then Brags About the Paid-for Outcome to Staff

Summary: The EPO‘s “media partner”, which just did another puff piece for Battistelli (a day or two ago), had also cushioned the EPO with paid-for propaganda for software patents (euphemised as '4IR')

In Protest of IP Kat No Longer Covering EPO Abuses, Märpel Rises in “R.I.P. Kat”

Saturday 28th of April 2018 05:38:33 AM

Summary: New blog/blogger attempts to document the “Battistelli years” at the European Patent Office (EPO)

“Merpel” is not a person but a collective sort of pseudonym shared among several writers at IP Kat (some of whom I had great pleasure communicating with). As readers of ours are aware/already know of, there were changes in IP Kat in recent years. The founder left, Bristows became very prominent at IP Kat, CIPA’s chief took a role in IP Kat (making the UPC agenda a high priority) and so on.

I don’t like to bash IP Kat because they used to do some good work and were largely respectful towards EPO staff. Then they started censoring my comments (on numerous occasions), even when I defended myself from libelous comments. I’m fine with free speech, but I also believe in the right to respond to false accusations. That’s what free speech is all about and IP Kat ought to understand that. IP Kat‘s censorship got a lot worse some months ago when it ‘zapped’ an entire comments thread (about 40 comments in total) about Mr. Campinos. It makes the blog somewhat of a ‘gatekeeper’ (denying access to particular information).

IP Kat‘s censorship got a lot worse some months ago when it ‘zapped’ an entire comments thread (about 40 comments in total) about Mr. Campinos.”In short, IP Kat isn’t what it used to be. The people there are different, so the steering/agenda is different. Some people really miss the ‘old’ IP Kat. The ‘old’ IP Kat was trying to fix the EPO; today’s EPO tries to almost cover up or ignore the scandals, hoping that turning a blind eye to them would make the Office look better and usher in patent maximalism, UPC, etc.

EPO insiders aren’t particularly happy about it. A new blog, Merpel renamed, came into existence earlier this month. Some readers took note of it; “There is a new blog about the European Patent Office,” one person told us. “Maybe you are interested?”

Reviewing the blog as a whole, so far there have been only three posts there, starting with this opening message: “For a few years, a cat called Merpel wrote news about Eponia… but then on 10.3.2017 it was curtains for Merpel. Can we restart that space of discussions and exchanges? I don’t have the talent or the humour of Merpel but maybe I can try.”

“In short, IP Kat isn’t what it used to be.”A lot of things changed after the EPO sanctioned/blocked IP Kat; we don’t know all the details about it, but IP Kat has not been the same since. It’s a retaliatory tactic — a hallmark of the Battistelli regime. They had done the same to me.

Taking stock of the posts predating the self-censorship (in chronological order), the blogger says: “This blog is in deference to the old Merpel. However, to avoid the confusion between the new and the old Merpel, this cat shall write her name the Munich way: Märpel.”

The latest post is the most detailed one. Titled “The Battistelli years”, it starts as follows:

Märpel has a taste for history. She believes that the explanation to present events lies in the past, because in Eponia who controls the past controls the future. Keep this page in your bookmarks, as Märpel shall come back to it in the future.

President Battistelli took his functions in mid 2010. What are the main events of the past years? The suepo.org site has a nice archive, Märpel looked at the year 2011-2017.

“Unless rebutted, these lies might stick and future generations might never know what happened under Battistelli (revisionism, victim-blaming, deletionism).”Blogs come and go all the time. There used to be blogs about EPO abuses that were shut down several years ago (our only regret is that we did not make a complete backup of those). We shall see if Märpel has 9 lives…

The EPO is trying to change the narrative; it’s spending a fortune on paid-for ‘articles’, a glossy Gazette that’s full of lies, paid-for ‘studies’ etc. Unless rebutted, these lies might stick and future generations might never know what happened under Battistelli (revisionism, victim-blaming, deletionism).

Short: EPO Says That Most (Over 50%) of Patent Applications at the EPO Are Software Patents

Saturday 28th of April 2018 05:05:05 AM

Summary: The software patents agenda at the EPO as explained by the EPO itself (in the internal Gazette)

Sam Gyimah Did What Was Expected Since 2016, But Unified Patent Court (UPC) is Still Completely Stuck in Most Important Country and Is Not Compatible With Brexit

Friday 27th of April 2018 08:36:29 PM

Brexit too is a problem, not just some piece of paper which the government has said for 1.5 years that it would sigh

Summary: While deliberately ignoring Brexit, which legal professionals have said for nearly 2 years makes the UPC untenable, Team UPC pretends there’s a rosy future for a system that’s stuck in the middle of nowhere because it is neither constitutional nor desirable

We have, by now, seen some responses to last night's response/rebuttal to the Unified Patent Court (UPC) news, noting that British participation would not be compatible with Brexit and there are other very major barriers, including serious EPO abuses. To suggest that the UPC would happen is wishful thinking or lobbying. We mean false prophecy lobbying style.

Team UPC is not happy with what I wrote about the UPC last night. I’ve evidently struck a nerve. Someone who blocked me is now heckling me. Notice the lack of substance in these people’s responses. Darren Smyth (IP Kat UPC booster) claims that I said something that I never even said! First of all, I did not say they would not ratify but that it would make no sense at all even if they did (as they had said they would). Secondly, I said there would be many practical barriers. None of these have changed.

Ratification is “work in progress” or “still in the process” actually; as the relevant individual put it: “And here are the files we lodged today with @EUCouncil – the UK ratifying the agreement on the Unified Patent Court…”

“To suggest that the UPC would happen is wishful thinking or lobbying.”As expected, people who are an inherent part of law firms and/or Team UPC are boosting it — all this while avoiding even the mere mention of Brexit and other issues. Those have not been addressed at all! This was mentioned by Francisco Moreno‏, who wrote in Spanish something which roughly means: “And Boris took his pen, ratified the unitary patent, and his instrument was deposited in Brussels. Now it all depends on the judges of Karlsruhe.”

Found via this tweet was the official page (not some junk “tweets”). “Our ratification brings the international court one step closer to reality,” it says. They wish. “The unique nature of the proposed court means that the UK’s future relationship with the Unified Patent Court will be subject to negotiation with European partners as we leave the EU,” they added. Well, if they leave the EU, then they cannot participate in a UPC-type system.

Team UPC links to CIPA. To quote: “Note that they are sticking to the line that the UPCA is “international treaty” but acknowledge UK’s future relationship “will be subject to negotiation”. Suitably non-committal – no strong hint in either direction!”

“As expected, people who are an inherent part of law firms and/or Team UPC are boosting it — all this while avoiding even the mere mention of Brexit and other issues.”So it’s hardly final at all. Just like we said all along. CIPA’s tweet said: “Ratification…demonstrates that internationally, as well as at home, the UK is committed to strong intellectual property protections” – IP Minister Sam Gyimah announcing UK ratification of the UPC #UnifiedPatentCourt #upc pic.twitter.com/7HdTzLrDqc – At Houses of Parliament”

Dr. Glyn Moody joked at this when he wrote: “it also means a European court will tell UK companies what to do, and they must obey – that “taking back control” thing that #brexiters so love…”

Surprisingly, IAM, which had done a lot to promote the UPC for Battistelli, also acted quite cynical when it wrote: “The UK’s Brexit-backing press did try to make the UPC an issue, but it turns out that patents are just too obscure for even the most committed Europhobes!! [] UPC scenario – a court in Germany deciding in favour of a French patent holder against a British defendant and issuing an injunction preventing the British company selling or distributing its product in the UK. How is that taking back control?”

That’s why it can’t quite happen.

Over in Germany, JUVE’s main person wrote:

UK ratifies UPC Agreement. What does it mean for the UPC implementation and some more details about the German constitutional claim. Our report https://juve.de/?p=338164

The cited article is in German.

“…Team UPC wants the patent system to be administered by somewhere that blatantly disregards the rule of law, Eponia (the EPO).”Managing IP, which was instrumental in UPC lobbying (it even set up lobbying events for the EPO), wrote: “The big uncertainty now is a German constitutional complaint against the UPC…”

Brexit also, as it can force undoing everything, like people have said since 2016 when Lucy predicted the move (eventually if not inevitably taken by Sam Gyimah).

“…don’t expect to see much dissent in comments on such articles/posts; they ‘sanitise’ these to silence their perceived ‘opposition’, even if it’s just legal professionals pointing out factual errors.”As IP Watch put it some hours ago: “The system is administered by the European Patent Office, and the UK’s ratification leaves Germany outstanding.”

Well, Team UPC wants the patent system to be administered by somewhere that blatantly disregards the rule of law, Eponia (the EPO). And a tyrant like Battistelli; to them he’s a ‘good’ tyrant because he supports their maximalist agenda; lawyers don’t quite like laws, they just love money and if they can twist or break the law in order to make money, then so be it! That’s the ‘Battistelli way’…

Mind this new comment in IP Kat. A very frequent poster wrote:

If you want Bristows “take” on this, go to the Kluwer patent blog, to read the piece contributed by Alan Johnson. There’s a comments thread there too. Sorry for the absence of a Link. My IT skills don’t run to it, on the device I’m using now.

Alan Johnson wrote yet another post about it (maybe fourth), their second in just over a day in their blog in addition to at least two in Kluwer. In one blog there’s no ability to comment, in the latter they’re heavily censored. Earlier this year Team UPC basically decided to start deleting comments more aggressively; it had already censored comments for years, but months ago it took it up a notch and also openly admitted such censorship (previously Bristows staff attempted to deny it, i.e. it lied). Anyway, don’t expect to see much dissent in comments on such articles/posts; they ‘sanitise’ these to silence their perceived ‘opposition’, even if it’s just legal professionals pointing out factual errors.

Like a Cancer, EPO-Bribed Media Continues to Produce Puff Pieces for Benoît Battistelli

Friday 27th of April 2018 07:41:24 PM

“Metastasis” is what our reader called it today

Summary: The EPO’s management corrupts not only the Office but also Europe, European media and even other continents; it has become a reckless and dangerous entity that spreads like a cancer because Battistelli was given carte blanche

Having covered Benoît Battistelli’s scandals for nearly 4 years, nothing surprises us anymore. We already wrote many articles about gross misuse of EPO budget, e.g. to hire lawyers with whom to bully bloggers, media, dissenting staff and sometimes bribe the media for puff pieces and censorship. This sort of obscene behaviour does not seem to bother patent maximalists and Team UPC.

“Another puff piece [was] discovered today in one of the French partners of the EPO, les Échos,” a reader told us. “Really “cancer” Battistelli should refrain from drinking before giving an interview: this interview doesn’t even give you a “perception” of making sense.”

“We already wrote many articles about gross misuse of EPO budget, e.g. to hire lawyers with whom to bully bloggers, media, dissenting staff and sometimes bribe the media for puff pieces and censorship.”The article is in French and it won’t say a thing about the latest French scandal. It’s like arrest of a former President (who is close to Battistelli) is not something the media has learned from. As long as the money comes rolling in the publishers will just play along. Money corrupts media.

The truth of the matter is that several of our readers nowadays compare Battistelli to “cancer” or a “tumour” (or the “cancer within” the EPO, which used to be reasonably healthy). The “cancer” theme appears to have grown popular inside the EPO. It’s how some people refer to Battistelli.

“The truth of the matter is that several of our readers nowadays compare Battistelli to “cancer” or a “tumour” (or the “cancer within” the EPO, which used to be reasonably healthy).”Speaking of Battistelli and cancer, this new press release (or puff piece) speaks of “cancer treatment” — patents on which we mentioned in relation to the EPO before, e.g. in [1, 2].

Battistelli is lowering patent quality and making it harder for people to combat cancer. From the piece:

The European Union patent and trademark office (EPO) has approved the EU patent application no. 08717866.1 (anti-androgen peptides and uses thereof in cancer therapy), which covered the firm’s therapeutic compound.

ValiRx said the VAL201 EU is also having patent grants in the US, Japan, Australia and the UK.

ValiRx CEO Satu Vainikka said: “I am very pleased that VAL201 has received its European Union patent grant, hot on the heels of our receipt of a US patent grant.

Remember that the EPO not only granted patents to frauds disguised as ‘cures’; it even made them European Inventor Award finalists!

Elizabeth Holmes associating with the European Inventor Award (it’s a literal fraud) is something that somebody recalled just less than a day ago in this comment:

Or Elizabeth Holmes:

https://web.archive.org/web/20150428054613/http://www.epo.org/learning-events/european-inventor/finalists/2015/holmes.html

recently charged with fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission and subject to criminal investigation for making false claims about the”revolutionary blood tests” she “invented”.

Last but not least, watch today’s European Inventor Award tweets from the EPO. One finalist is framed as “against cancer”, so let’s hope this one isn’t a fraud like Holmes. There were other tweets [1, 2] and retweets earlier today; it was mostly about the European Inventor Award. There’s an expensive, ongoing PR campaign about it. How much does it cost? We don’t know. The EPO won’t tell. But we know who’s paying: EPO coffers. A lot of EPO money is nowadays flowing towards Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Battistelli’s other and future employer).

Links 27/4/2018: Cutelyst 2.2.0, OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Updates, Fedora 28 Coming Soon and New *Ubuntu Releases

Friday 27th of April 2018 09:56:09 AM

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