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EPO Staff Protests in Berlin and Vienna

Posted in Europe, Patents at 7:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Burgtheater in Vienna

Summary: Several more protests against the EPO are being reported on and attacks on representatives are a lot broader than what’s widely known and reported on

TODAY’s EPO coverage will delve deeper into the EPO’s firing of staff representatives. There was a big protest in Munich yesterday and a similar protest in The Hague attracted managers too. People are rapidly getting fed up. Even high-level staff (not just examiners but their managers or Directors) attends protests against the Office. How long can this last and how long will national delegations allow this to last?

Decision on the 3 staff representatives came ahead of the expected day (we have heard numerous explanations for this premature determination). They were not “disciplined” but hunted down in the witch-hunt sense. We have already shown what kind of ludicrous allegations were made against them; 2 dismissals and one downgrade are widely reportedly, but there were actually more. People just don’t know the full story yet. There are several additional stories being kept in the dark.

As one commenter put it a few minutes ago: “The misconduct /harassment of the EPO management is not limited to SUEPO representatives, but all the staff who became sick for work harassment can confirm that the EPO has full control of the Medical Committees(MC) which can decide whether a staff member is suffering of an occupational disease or not.Occupational disease related to their work conditions,willfully created by some EPO managers. Also in clear cases of harassment,the MCs (under full control of the EPO) do not recognize an occupational invalidity for not been the EPO liable for work harassment.I am available to provide written evidence of what I have just stated…”

“In the Hague,” we’ve learned based on an old message, “a spontaneous gathering of staff seems to be on its way in the canteen at 12:00 [....] in Munich; SUEPO invites staff to gather in front of the ISAR building, today at 12:30, in order to protest against this treatment of our elected staff representatives and hence of staff.”

Two more protests which we hope to get more details about (maybe photos too) are the following, as quoted:

  • In Berlin, a spontaneous gathering will take place at 13:00 in front of the EPO entrance;
  • in Vienna, , a spontaneous gathering will take place at 13:30 in front of the EPO entrance;

Help us document these protests as they help demonstrate to national delegations that even a large proportion of EPO staff is fed up. “The demonstration [above] has been authorised by the German local authorities,” said the source. It seems like German local authorities have become accustomed to EPO protests. Why don’t German local authorities consider launching a criminal probe into some of the tactics used by Battistelli and his 'family'? To what degree are these thugs immune to or exempted from the Rule of Law? Contact national delegates and demand urgent action.

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