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[News] EPO Action on Software Patents Called a Farce

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EPO Board to establish software patents?

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| In fact, the questions seem like a school book example of avoiding 
| clarifications by asking the wrong questions. Are the EPO just cowards, 
| creating straw men or obstructing the clarity of law?  


Ms Brimelow did it!


Patentability of programs for computers


EPO Enlarged Board Referral on Software Patents



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| Staff at the European Patent Office went on strike accusing the organization
| of corruption: specifically, stretching the standards for patents in order to
| make more money.
| One of the ways that the EPO has done this is by issuing software patents in
| defiance of the treaty that set it up.


European Patent Agents Go On Strike To Complain About Pressure To Approve Bad

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| One of the causes of so many bad patents getting approved lately is screwed
| up incentives in the patent system. For a while, the US had a de facto system
| where agents were pushed to approve a patent when in doubt. That's because
| they were judged on how many patents they went through -- and if they
| rejected a patent, the applicant could complain and ask for a review --
| meaning that the examiner would have to spend more time reviewing that same
| patent again, decreasing the number of patents they had gotten through,
| potentially harming their "stats." Thus, it's often easier to just "approve."
| And, of course, the Patent Office itself is usually fine with this, because
| that means more patent applications and more fees.


Where is the evidence to support EPO examiner union's claims?

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| SUEPO needs to be completely transparent about its motivation, otherwise
| there will be a suspicion that patent quality is just being used as a tool to
| attract headlines. That, of course, is a very dangerous game. It can help to
| reinforce the claims that the patent system is not working. If you don’t
| believe me, just look at the enthusiastic coverage the strikes are receiving
| on anti-software patent websites.
| So, to sum up: SUEPO and Ms Jacobs might be right. But we will not know until
| they stop sloganeering and start to provide some proof. Until they do, I am
| going to continue to be critical of their actions.

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