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11.01.14

How to Complain About the EPO to National Delegations in Europe: Part IX

Posted in Europe, Patents at 7:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Contact details for national delegations to whom complaints can and should be made regarding irregularities and bad behaviour at the European Patent Office (EPO)

DAYS ago we covered some of the latest abuses at the EPO, which is no stranger to scandals. The EPO is hardly accountable, it eliminated oversight, and it is wasting billions of euros of taxpayers’ money all across Europe in order to protect corporations (at taxpayers’ expense) using patents, including patents of rogue, wide scope, potentially software patents and monopolies on genetics/life too.

To reduce oversight even further the EPO has made it harder to lodge complaints from the public. “There used to be e-mail addresses for the national delegations on the AC website,” tells us a source, “but Battistelli disabled these last year due to alleged “abuse” (i.e. he basically wanted to prevent members of the public from directly contacting their delegations).”

Thanks to some digging, today we can provide a list of E-mail addresses for the heads of delegation, for those among our readers who are interested in lodging a complaint electronically. We are also trying to compile a list of the competent Ministries, but this is hard to keep up to date as it is subjected to changes whenever there is an election. We will give some addresses at the bottom. These hardly change over time.

In case our regular readers or anybody else might be interested in complaining, here is a list of E-mail addresses for EPO Administrative Council members and their deputies (from the national IPOs). We also include a list with information about the Ministries that supervise the national IPOs. This listing is not complete, but it has details of the Ministries for about 18 of the more significant EPO member states (total member states around 38 at the last count). This information is in the public domain so we are free to distribute it.

There used to be email addresses for the AC delegations provided on the official EPO website but Battistelli had these removed allegedly due to “abuse”. Let’s not Battistelli to get away with even more of his abuses. According to our sources of information, people had been using these addresses to send in submissions about the controversial if not corrupt Topić, so it could be that Battistelli wanted to put a stop to that.


LIST OF EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL DELEGATES (& DEPUTIES) FROM NATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICES OF EPO CONTRACTING STATES

STATUS: 14 September 2014

Official website of the EPO’s Administrative Council:

http://www.epo.org/about-us/organisation/administrative-council/representatives.html

See also: http://www.wipo.int/directory/en/urls.jsp

ALBANIA: elvin.lako@dppm.gov.al

elvanda.mece@dppm.gov.al

mailinf@dppm.gov.al

AUSTRIA: friedrich.roedler@patentamt.at

andrea.scheichl@patentamt.at

info@patentamt.at

BELGIUM: jerome.debrulle@economie.fgov.be

geoffrey.bailleux@mineco.fgov.be

BULGARIA: vbabaleva@bpo.bg

tnaydenova@bpo.bg

bpo@bpo.bg

CROATIA: ljiljana.kuterovac@dziv.hr

CYPRUS: skokkinos@drcor.mcit.gov.cy

eeleftheriou@drcor.mcit.gov.cy

CZECH REPUBLIC: jkratochvil@upv.cz

skopecka@upv.cz

posta@upv.cz

DENMARK: jko@dkpto.dk

arj@dkpto.dk

mlr@dkpto.dk

knj@dkpto.dk

pbp@dkpto.dk

pvs@dkpto.dk

ESTONIA: Matti.Paets@epa.ee

Margus.Viher@epa.ee

FINLAND: rauni.hagman@prh.fi

jorma.hanski@prh.fi

FRANCE: ylapierre@inpi.fr

fclaireau@inpi.fr

contact@inpi.fr

GERMANY: ernst-ch@bmj.bund.de

info@dpma.de

GREECE: ssta@obi.gr

kmar@obi.gr

info@obi.gr

HUNGARY: miklos.bendzsel@hipo.gov.hu

mihaly.ficsor@hipo.gov.hu

elnokseg@hipo.gov.hu

ICELAND: borghildur@els.is

elfa@els.is

IRELAND: gerard.barrett@patentsoffice.ie

ITALY: mauro.masi@consap.it

loredana.gulino@mise.gov.it

LATVIA: guntis.ramans@lrpv.gov.lv

sandris.laganovskis@lrpv.gov.lv

valde@lrpv.lv

LIECHTENSTEIN: Sabine.Monauni@llv.li

Esther.Schindler@llv.li

ute.hammermann@avw.llv.li

info@avw.llv.li

LITHUANIA: rimvydas.naujokas@vpb.gov.lt

zilvinas.danys@vpb.gov.lt

LUXEMBOURG: lex.kaufhold@eco.etat.lu

claude.sahl@eco.etat.lu

MACEDONIA: safet.emruli@ippo.gov.mk

irenaj@ippo.gov.mk

MALTA: godwin.warr@gov.mt

michelle.bonello@gov.mt

MONACO: ekheng@gouv.mc

expansion@gouv.mc

mcpi@gouv.mc

NETHERLANDS: derk-jan.degroot@agentschapnl.nl

p.h.m.vanbeukering@minez.nl

NORWAY: pfo@patentstyret.no

jsa@patentstyret.no

POLAND: aadamczak@uprp.pl

ematysiak@uprp.pl

glachowicz@uprp.pl

PORTUGAL: leonor.trindade@inpi.pt

marco.dinis@inpi.pt

ROMANIA: ionel.muscalu@osim.ro

alexandru.strenc@osim.ro

office@osim.ro

SAN MARINO: silvia.rossi.ubm@pa.sm

b.cinquantini@ngpatent.it

SERBIA: btotic@zis.gov.rs

bbilenkati@zis.gov.rs

zis@zis.gov.rs

SLOVAKIA: lubos.knoth@indprop.gov.sk

lukrecia.marcokova@indprop.gov.sk

urad@indprop.gov.sk

SLOVENIA: Vesna.StankovicJuricic@uil-sipo.si

Ales.orazem@uil-sipo.si

h.zalaznik@uil-sipo.si

sipo@uil-sipo.si

SPAIN: patricia.garcia-escudero@oepm.es

pedro.cartagena@oepm.es

SWEDEN: susanne.sivborg@prv.se

per.holmstrand@prv.se

SWITZERLAND: roland.grossenbacher@ipi.ch

christian.bock@metas.ch

info@ipi.ch

TURKEY: habip.asan@turkpatent.gov.tr

akocer@turkpatent.gov.tr

info@turkpatent.gov.tr

U.K.: john.alty@ipo.gov.uk

sean.dennehey@ipo.gov.uk


Just for information, the last quarterly meeting of the EPO’s Administrative Council (AC) was scheduled to take place on the 15th October in Munich and the next one is scheduled to take place in December, also in Munich. This means that the more publicity that this stuff attracts in advance of that latter meeting, the more political pressure will be on the AC to react. To date it seems that they have decided to ignore the matter and make no public statement, probably in the hope that the problem would go away of its own accord. Here is the full list [PDF] of contacts again, with additional details:


COMPETENT MINISTRIES FOR NATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICES OF SELECTED EPO CONTRACTING STATES

STATUS: 14 September 2014

For other states refer to: http://www.wipo.int/directory/en/

BENELUX

[Order of details:]

State
Patent Office
Competent Ministry
Current Minister
Email contact

Belgium

L’Office belge de la Propriété intellectuelle (OPRI)
SPF Economie, P.M.E., Classes moyennes et Energie
City Atrium C
Rue du Progrès, 50
B-1210 Brussels, BELGIUM
Ms. Sabine Laruelle

http://www.laruelle.belgium.be/fr/equipe-et-contact

http://www.sabinelaruelle.be/homepage

info@laruelle.fgov.be

Netherlands

NL Octrooicentrum
Ministerie van Economische Zaken
Bezuidenhoutseweg 73
postbus 20401
NL- 2500 EK, Den Haag
NEDERLANDS
Mr. Henk Kamp

http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/regering/bewindspersonen/henk-kamp

Assistant:
b.becker@minez.nl
Spokespersons:
b.visser@minez.nl
P.vanStrien@minez.nl
t.d.vanes@minez.nl

Luxembourg

Office de la propriété intellectuelle
Ministère de l’Economie et du Commerce extérieur
19-21, boulevard Royal
L-2914 Luxembourg
LUXEMBOURG
Mr. Etienne Schneider

http://www.eco.public.lu/ministere/ministre/index.html

etienne.schneider@eco.etat.lu
minister@eco.etat.lu
Secretary:
catherine.lammar@eco.etat.lu

UK

Intellectual Property Office
Department for
Business Innovation & Skills
1 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0ET
UNITED KINGDOM
Dr. Vince Cable

https://www.gov.uk/government/people/vince-cable

enquiries@bis.gsi.gov.uk
cablev@parliament.uk

Ireland

Irish Patents Office
Department of
Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation,
23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
IRELAND
Mr. Richard Bruton

http://www.djei.ie/corporate/ministersoffice/richardbruton.htm

minister@djei.ie

France

Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI)
Ministère de l’Économie,
des Finances et
du Commerce extérieur
139, rue de Bercy
F-75572 Paris Cedex 12
FRANCE
Mr. Emmanuel Macron

http://www.economie.gouv.fr/le-ministere/emmanuel-macron

Italy

Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e Marchi
(UIBM)
Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico
Uffici del Ministro
Via Veneto 33
IT-00187 Roma
ITALIA
Ms. Federica Guidi

http://www.sviluppoeconomico.gov.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&idmenu=3315

segreteria.ministro@mise.gov.it

Spain

Oficina Española de Patentes y Marcas
(OEPM)
Ministerio de Industria,
Energía y Turismo
Pº de la Castellana 160.
ES-28046 Madrid
ESPAÑA
Dr. José Manuel Soria López

http://www.minetur.gob.es/es-ES/Ministro/Biografia/Paginas/CV_Ministro.aspx

secretaria.ministro@mityc.es

Germany

Deutsches Marken- und Patentamt (DPMA)
Bundesministerium der Justiz (BMJ)
Mohrenstraße 37
D-10117 Berlin
DEUTSCHLAND
Mr. Heiko Maas

http://www.bmjv.de/DE/Ministerium/Hausleitung/Minister/_node.html

mail@heiko-maas.de
poststelle@bmj.bund.de

Switzerland

Eidgenössisches Institut für Geistiges Eigentum
Eidgenössischen Justiz- und Polizeidepartement (EJPD)
Bundeshaus West
CH-3003 Bern
SCHWEIZ
Ms. Simonetta Sommaruga

http://www.ejpd.admin.ch/ejpd/de/home/ueber-uns/dv.html

simonetta.sommaruga@gs-ejpd.admin.ch
simonetta.sommaruga@parl.ch

Liechtenstein

Eidgenössisches Institut für Geistiges Eigentum
Ministerium für Inneres,
Justiz und Wirtschaft
Postfach 684
9490 Vaduz
LIECHTENSTEIN
Dr. Thomas Zwiefelhofer

http://www.regierung.li/ministerien/wirtschaft/mitarbeitende-kontakt/

thomas@zwiefelhofer.net
Assistant:
Simon.Biedermann@regierung.li

Austria

Österreichisches Patentamt
Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (BMVIT)
Radetzkystraße 2
A-1030 Wien
ÖSTERREICH
Mr. Alois Stöger

http://www.bmvit.gv.at/

alois.stoeger@spoe.at

Hungary

Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
Ministry of Public Administration
and Justice
Kossuth Lajos tér 2-4.
HU-1055 Budapest
HUNGARY
Dr. Tibor Navracsics

http://www.kormany.hu/en/ministry-of-public-administration-and-justice/the-minister

info@kim.gov.hu
intcomm@me.gov.hu

Denmark

Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO)
Ministry for Business and Growth
Slotsholmsgade 10-12
DK-1216 København K
DENMARK
Mr. Henrik Sass Larsen

http://www.evm.dk/english/the-minister

evm@evm.dk
Press Secretary
smn@evm.dk

Sweden

Swedish Patent and Registration Office
Ministry of Justice
Rosenbad 4
SE-103 33 Stockholm
SWEDEN
Ms. Beatrice Ask

http://www.government.se/sb/d/7567

beatrice.ask@gov.se
Justitiedepartementet.registrator@regeringskansliet.se

Finland

National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR)
Ministry of Employment
and the Economy
P.O. Box 32
FI-00023 GOVERNMENT
FINLAND
Mr. Jan Vapaavuori
Minister of Economic Affairs

http://www.tem.fi/index.phtml?l=en&s=2297

jan.vapaavuori@tem.fi
Secretary:
jonna.sjogren@tem.fi

Norway

The Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO)
Ministry of Trade and Industry
P.O.Box 8114 Dep.,
N-0030 Oslo
NORWAY
Monica Mæland, Minister of Trade and Industry

http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/nfd/about-the-ministry/minister-of-trade-and-industry-monica-ma.html?id=742948

postmottak@nfd.dep.no

Iceland

Icelandic Patent Office
Ministry of Industries and Innovation
Skulagotu 4
150 Reykjavík
Iceland
Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir
Minister of Industry and Commerce

http://eng.atvinnuvegaraduneyti.is/ministers/nr/6748

rea@althingi.is
postur@anr.is


To our dear European readers: If you have not been following our 2-month, 9-part series to date, now is a good time to familiarise yourself with it and issue an E-mail/letter to your local representatives. They ought to be informed of what goes on inside the secretive EPO. They can react to it and rectify matters.

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