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02.19.15

Breaking: European Patent Office Sued by Its Own Staff in The Hague, Must Unblock Staff’s Voices

Posted in Site News at 9:06 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This won’t look good in this man’s résumé

Benoît Battistelli

Summary: The crooked management of the European Patent Office (EPO) gets in legal trouble after repeated attempts to cover up abuses and suppress criticism

WE finally have some good news regarding the European Patent Office, which has become one of Europe’s more corrupt institutions, serving corporations at taxpayers’ expense.

Linking to this new ruling [PDF] from Holland, Merpel makes it known that:

This ruling, which is said to apply only to The Hague branch of the EPO — this being presumably the bit that lies within the court’s jurisdiction — is believed to conclude that the EPO

– must stop blocking Suepo.org emails within seven days,

– may not dictate the length and type of industrial actions and,

– within 14 days, must allow the union to enter into collective bargaining.

We have made a local copy of this decision [PDF] just in case intimidation/DDOS/other removes the original. We kindly ask Dutch-speaking readers to send us (or post below) an English translation. We have already taken note of the EPO's censorship attacks on its staff union.

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3 Comments

  1. katkatkat said,

    February 23, 2015 at 1:28 pm

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    Mr Battistelli has issued today a Communique no. 69 (sic!) whereby he states how wrong is the judgement of the Dutch court and announces that the EPO (he!) will not follow it.
    Another suicidal move?

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Can someone with access please post it here or send it to us?

  2. katkatkat said,

    February 23, 2015 at 5:54 pm

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    http://ipkitten.blogspot.de/2015/02/epo-suepo-and-question-of-governance.html

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