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EPO Breaking News: The European Parliament Dismisses Complaint About EPO Abuses

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Petition 2848/2013 — a petition which deals with the EPO scandals we have been covering for months — is dismissed in a fashion that leaves the Parliament arguably complicit and at best toothless

“We just got news from Zagreb,” said one of our numerous sources inside and outside the EPO. The “Petitions Committee of the European Parliament has recently decided not to admit Petition 2848/2013,” said our source, enclosing the image below (click the image for a larger version).

“In a rather bizarre twist,” explained the source, “the Chair of the Petitions Committee (Swedish MEP Cecilia Wikström) suggests that the petitioner should contact the EPO Boards of Appeal.

“However, the EPO Boards of Appeal deal exclusively with patent-related appeal cases and have no competence to investigate managerial appointments at the EPO. That is the responsibility of the Administrative Council which has already ignored a number of requests to submit Topic’s appointment to an independent investigation.”

Moreover, complaints from the EPO have already come from the Enlarged Board of Appeal to the capacity possible, directed at the Administrative Council which is very much complicit in Battistelli’s reign of terror (more on that in future articles of ours). This basically means that the European Parliament is unwilling to intervene and stop a scenario of very gross abuse. What does that say about the European Parliament?

“This basically means that the European Parliament is unwilling to intervene and stop a scenario of very gross abuse.”“So it seems the European Parliament has decided to wash its hands of the affair,” said our source. “This means that although they are apparently content to entrust the administration of the EU Unitary Patent to the EPO, they are not prepared to exercise any oversight with respect to the governance of the EPO.”

Given some of the ‘free’ ‘trade’ affairs as of late, the European Parliament has given citizens of the EU many reasons for distrust and suspicion, “Work that one out if you can,” summed up our source.

The scandals are far from over as we still have a pile of documents to organise, analyse and present. The EPO is a laughing stock, but for those affected by it (including EPO workers) it is not funny.

Petition Nr. 2848-2013

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