06.29.22

[Meme] The Delegates’ Munich Rally (June 29th 2022), Re-electing a Corrupt Dictator?

Posted in Europe, Patents at 12:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

 Munich Rally
Will EPO have António Campinos for another year or several more years? It might not even survive that long because this brings destruction upon itself…

Summary: The EPO's presidency is still being bought using bribes, so there’s no real democracy (auctions, not elections); The reference may be seen as offensive, but remember Benoît Battistelli‘s family ties to Nazism

N.B. Charlie McCreevy tried to paint efforts to rectify patent law (and the EPO) as “anti-Americanism”. It’s a straw man. He said: “The theme, or the background music, to both of these particular directives you could see as part of, anti-globalisation, anti-Americanism, anti-big business protests — in lots of senses, anti-the opening up of markets.” To whom? To banks?

Most “Job Applicants to an Examiner Position at EPO Who Were Offered a Job Did Not Take it”

Posted in Europe, Patents at 12:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Desirability of EPO jobs has plunged for nearly a decade already [1, 2], deepening the crisis (the EPO cannot recruit people in accordance with the standards set/specified by the EPC)

To all those who think that the EPO is heaven on earth, according to my info in 2021 more than 50% – FIFTY – of the job applicants to an examiner position at EPO who were offered a job did not take it, many of them not even bothering to inform the EPO that they would not come. So to those who think that the working conditions at EPO are over the top, that the working atmosphere is cool or the kind of work one performs there is so exciting, well sorry but Gen Z and millennials may beg to differ
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06.28.22

[Meme] EPO Bosses Sneer at Staff Unrest

Posted in Europe, Patents at 3:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Hypothetical exchange between Battistelli and Campinos
Hypothetical exchange between Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos

Summary: Another new EPO cartoon/meme

The slogan on the banner reads:
“The people united shall never be defeated”.

Battistelli sneers at the protests of EPO staff:
“Nonsense. Without a good lobby they’ll never achieve anything”.

Got information about the EPO? Contact us. We have a perfect source protection record since inception in 2006.

“In my role as Wikileaks editor, I’ve been involved in fighting off many legal attacks. To do that, and keep our sources safe, we have had to spread assets, encrypt everything, and move telecommunications and people around the world to activate protective laws in different national jurisdictions.”

Julian Assange

[Meme] EPO Policies Decided Behind Closed Doors

Posted in Europe, Law, Patents at 3:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

…By people like Benoît Battistelli, António Campinos, and shady lobbyists; they barely know what patents are and how a patent system works; in the process they break the law and seek to violate constitutions, too

Will you let bankers decide the future of the EPO and men decide on women's bodies?
Sometimes people need to identify those who set policies and why

Summary: The EPO has not been run like a patent office/system for over a decade already; wealthy stakeholders from other continents just turned it into their monopoly-granting machine, operating in violation of its own charter for the sole goal of increasing cashflow, not advancing science or helping businesses

Lots of Legal Action Against the EPO Impending

Posted in Europe, Patents at 2:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

A tsunami of legal cases on the horizon
“A tsunami of legal cases on the horizon” was circulated earlier today

Summary: The Local Staff Committee The Hague (LSCTH) gives a heads-up regarding a “tsunami of legal cases on the horizon” against Europe’s second-largest institution, which operates in the dark with impunity (and thus frequently breaks the law and breaks promises)

TOMORROW there’s an EPO protest in Munich. The Netherlands isn’t so near, but staff at The Hague also made plans, as we noted last week. The union will be recruiting members and it is pursuing further industrial actions.

The Benoît Battistelli era/reign of terror isn’t over; his friend resumes all the attacks on staff, even at an unprecedented pace and scale.

“The Benoît Battistelli era/reign of terror isn’t over; his friend resumes all the attacks on staff, even at an unprecedented pace and scale.”As it turns out, one can expect a lot more action, even if Campinos is tentatively shown the door (effective next year). In recent months the union and staff representatives repeatedly pointed out attacks on the welfare of staff and benefit that staff rightly came to expect (part of the package associated with relocating a family to another country/city).

Today, in the words of the staff representation, the Local Staff Committee The Hague (LSCTH) — not to be mistaken for the union:

Staff Committee The Hague
Comité du personnel de La Haye
Personalausschuss Den Haag

28 June 2022

A tsunami of legal cases on the horizon

Education and childcare allowance reform

Dear Colleagues,

The Education and Childcare reform is becoming again the daily poisonous pill for affected staff in the Hague. A reform designed to be transparent, fair, reduce administrative burden, and give legal certainty is emerging to be the most ignominious reform of all time, making a mockery of the initial objectives of the reform.

It was not enough that managers mostly located in Munich ideated a reform which significantly reduces the Education and Childcare compensation for Staff in the Hague, now the Administration is on a mission to scrape the barrel and is looking for further cuts.

Day by day, parents are confronted with a new piece of information, highlighting a new cut to the education benefits. The list of cuts is becoming worthy to mention, and should bring to shame anybody who masterminded it.

The administration, in spite of committing to refund the direct costs for education, is now considering some direct and mandatory costs for schooling of students not to be refundable. These costs are often part of the tuition fees and in any case always a core part of the curriculum and/or mandatory for attendance of the school.

The list of excluded items now contains: mandatory trips, canteen supervision, exam fees, school fees (some fees of dubious nature newly rebranded by the British School), school activities, student expenses, technology fee, campus fee, regional taxes, etc. The list seems to be endless and will surely keep growing at the convenience of the Office.

However, the good news is that, considering the way the regulations are written (Art. 71 ServRegs, Circ. 411 and the other official documents), evident legal reasons for challenging the reform are present.

We therefore advise each staff member to request the refund of all disputed direct costs (any of those in the list above) to hrservices@epo.org requesting a ticket to be opened. If your request is rejected, we would like to remind you of the possibility to launch a Request for Review within the 3 month time period from the date of rejection.


Additionally, the new Education Allowance Portal is showing already major deficiencies which are troublesome for many staff members. Staff Representation TH is monitoring this issue very closely. For the time being, we would like to remind you of the advice of SUEPO to use a disclaimer (also in ANNEX below) to keep your right to challenge the discretionary request by the administration.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

With kind regards,

Your Local Staff Committee The Hague (LSCTH)

[ANNEX omitted]

This may not be the most pressing/urgent thing at the moment, in light of this week’s meeting, but this will manifest itself soon.

“Mobility Package” as Bribes in European Patent Office

Posted in Europe, Patents at 11:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Published a few hours ago:

Flyer: Demonstration on Wednesday 29 June at 12.30 in front of the Isar building

Dear SUEPO Members,
Dear Colleagues,

SUEPO Munich invites all staff to demonstrate on Wednesday 29 June 2022 (the first day of the 171th session of the Administrative Council) at 12.30h in front of the Isar building.

Mr Campinos hopes that his “Mobility Package” (CA/32/22 Rev. 1) introducing seconded national experts posts for the delegations will guarantee him a re-election for a second mandate.

The demonstration is authorised by the Bavarian authorities. Please wear a face mask if physical distancing is less than 1,50 m.

This flyer was distributed today.

SUEPO Munich

EPO Munich protest flyer

Bastian Best is Still Wrong and Dishonest About Software Patents

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 7:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 6a1fe35c0475566fe721a002f28c8a50
Worst Explanation by Best
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: A quick rebuttal to abysmal arguments in favour of software patents, courtesy of people who neither code nor disclose a very obvious conflict of interest (they profit from promotion of such illegal patents, helped by crooked EPO presidencies that violate the European Patent Convention with impunity)

Having campaigned online for ages (about 20 years) against software patents, I’ve long noticed Bastian Best [1, 2], an attorney who shamelessly promoted them while working for law firms I strongly disliked. They’re software patent profiteers and they spread false ‘news’ about the UPC (also what one can rightly call “disinformation” — a lot worse than misinformation).

This video of Mr. Best mentions Techrights, so it merits a quick rebuttal (which is very easy to do because what he says is utterly false).

Mr. Best has long been an apologist for illegal EPO policies from Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos because he’s looking for profit from European software patents and has long marketed himself as such (even by ‘hijacking’ hashtags/usernames formed by opponents of software patents, i.e. groups which actually write code*).

“Free (or “open source”) software is a matter of copyrights, not patents.”Nowadays, having started a one-man shop, Mr. Best is selling himself as the ‘expert’ in getting such illegal patents (disguised as “Hey Hi” or similar nonsense while Campinos subverts examination guidelines to blur the gaps). In the video above he’s pretending that the vast majority of software developers opposing software patents — as per many polls — isn’t a real thing based on anecdotes or the rare subset** (few who actually do pursue such a thing).

I can haz patentz on the maths?In a subtle or implicit fashion he’s also namecalling or suggesting it is “extreme” to oppose such patents… or that developers oppose patents in general (that’s a red herring).

One real sloppy argument (misframing the debate) says that “open source”*** and patents are opposites when in fact that’s like comparing cats to cars. Software patents hurt all software developers, including developers of proprietary software.

And “while the statement about hurting all developers is accurate,” an associate notes, “the scope of the damage is actually much wider. Because patents govern usage it is not just the developers who are affected.”

“Indeed the case might even be made that developers are less affected. The people really hurt by the software patents are those that wish to actually use the software, again because software patents govern usage and not distribution.”

Free (or “open source”) software is a matter of copyrights, not patents. In any event, the video above highlights how much of the very basics he gets wrong; it’s like he doesn’t know what he’s talking about! People pay for this? We suppose that given the unqualified aristocracy — or kakistocracy — running the EPO (very bare comprehension of patents) it should not be too shocking that it’s facilitating a lobby or lawyers, liars, and fake patent attorneys who illegally (fraudulently) claim to be European patent attorneys.
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* It is my vague recollection that he took the namespace #swpats or #swpat in Twitter about 13 years ago, maybe the username/s too.

** Vocal proponents of such patents, especially when they do not code themselves (i.e. they’re external to the outcome/consequences), have long been condemned here. Some ran whole blogs/sites to demonise and misrepresent software developers.

*** It is a misleading term that has spun out of control and lost all consistent meaning, hence we say Free software — the original term which “Open Source” opportunistically sought to replace.

EPO Protest Tomorrow in Munich

Posted in Europe, Patents at 1:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Don’t let this go unchallenged: EPO Management Glorifies Illegal Agenda and Violations of the European Patent Convention (EPC) to Impress the Administrative Council

EPO Munich protest 2022

Summary: We urge all EPO workers based in Munich to attend tomorrow's protest; it’s not a waste of time, it sends a strong and effective message

“It’s not an effective protest if it’s not pissing people off.”

John Scalzi, Lock In

“One demonstration is equivalent to one hundred explanations.”

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Don’t plead with anyone if you were not at fault, you’ll only look inferior, stupid and funny, bolster your ego by doing the undoing.”

Michael Bassey Johnson

“Be the type of silence that screams by example.”

T.F. Hodge

“If not thought carefully, our solidarity for just causes can backfire, especially when we are selective in reacting against injustice.”

Louis Yako

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

Abraham Lincoln

“I’m always happy when I’m protesting.”

Richard Stallman

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