Originally Posted by TalkingHeadGuy
If you visit Florian Mueller's FOSS website and view his background, there is no mention of training in patent practice in any country. He only asserts that he is a "intellectual property activist-turned-analyst". He is not listed on the US Patent Office's registry of patent attorneys and patent agents (a legal requirement for US patent practitioners) and there is no evidence on his blog that he claims any legal training or licensure at all in either the US or in Europe. He has not listed himself on the EPO's list of professional representatives. There is no evidence on his blog that he has ever worked for a law firm in any capacity. Does this character have any training or experience at all that would qualify him to interpret the complex German patent laws and the German appeals process? Why do the news media give this bozo any credence at all?
Originally Posted by ConradJoe
My guess is that his cites to original source material, along with the cogent analysis he provides, each lend him sufficient credence.
The clear and concise writing style helps too - he presents close and complex questions with great clarity.
Quite an accomplishment for a man who has undergone no formal training, eh?
In addition to thorough research and easy-to-read writing style, he has a strong history in the software IP scene. He campaigned against software patents in Europe in the early 2000's, and is given credit for defeating a EU directive to consider allowing such patents. For this effort, he was once recognized as one of the *most influential* people in the intellectual property scene. Most of this info can be found on Wikipedia. But it's quite enlightening to go to his website nosoftwarepatents.com to learn about his views (and a bit of history) on software IP.
All to say, if he is a bozo, he is a bozo with serious street creds when it comes to the topic of IP.
As for whether the so-called MMI injunction affects Apple sales in Germany, he has actually explained it better than anyone else so far. But you might have missed it because he has updated his post on this topic.