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New WIPR Survey Shows 96% of Respondents Are Concerned About the Situation at the European Patent Office (EPO)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 2:36 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

How much longer can the EPO persist with the ‘vocal minority’ narrative?

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Summary: New results from World IP Review (WIPR) serve to reinforce claims of rather extreme unpopularity inside and outside the European Patent Office (EPO)

ACCORDING to a recent, long-running survey from WIPR, which routinely covers EPO matters: “More than 95% of WIPR readers are concerned by the continuing dispute at the European Patent Office (EPO), our most recent survey has revealed. [...] The results showed that 96% of respondents have concerns.”

“If this was a democracy (which it certainly isn’t), where approval rates do play a role in elections and other big decisions, would no leaders be ousted or forced to step down?”This was a one-question survey, but it is followed by comments and responses supplied by the EPO’s PR/spokespeople. The figures speak for themselves really.

If this was a democracy (which it certainly isn’t), where approval rates do play a role in elections and other big decisions, would no leaders be ousted or forced to step down?

Over at IP Kat too there are about a dozen new comments today, in a thread which got derailed by anonymous pro-EPO comments (this seems to be part of a pattern). This one commenter “thought Battistelli was aiming for another job within the French government, once Sarkozy would be president again” (we have a whole Wiki page about Nicolas Sarkozy here, linking to our coverage about Sarkozy).

“Slowly the president’s hidden agenda emerges,” said another commenter, “destroy the EPO, so that the UPC might be the only viable system” (we know that Battistelli likes to pretend that the opposition at the EPO is really directed at UPC, even though it's not).

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