06.07.16

Politicians Susann Biedefeld (MdL) and Agnes Jongerius (S and D) the Latest to Express Anger at EPO’s Management Over Its Abuses

Posted in Europe, Patents at 8:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Animal Office or Nepotism Office?

Battistelli BoA caricature

Summary: Mr. Battistelli, who has turned the European Patent Office (EPO) into a laughing stock, is burning the entire Organisation (boards included) to the ground having refused to step down or admit any of his mistakes, which politicians are obviously seeing

AS expected and hoped, EPO management is coming under fire from more directions. The message is getting through to politicians too.

“The “Social Study” organised by management,” told us one person, which is “still running this week, is rather another PR gag than anything else. The presidents’s BoA reform is true to style.” Another person produced the above cartoon (among others), which is probably self-explanatory (context here).

We don’t expect many people to believe this-called called ‘Social Study’ and looking at another study, this one without EPO management ‘managing’ it, one person wrote:

“You’re right, the results of the staff survey are truly appalling. The indicators of stress are almost off the scale.”

So lets do something really, really really radical,,,something that will make the world stand up and take this nonsense seriously, once and for all. Lets organise another demonstration and walk to the French and Spanish Emabssy’s in our lunch times (private transport in your CD or BN plated car entirely at your own volition and you lucky ones can always claim that VAT you spend on petrol back at the end of the year – failing that a SUEPO bus will be available )

This should make he Admin Council quake in their boots and think oh oh oh,,,,,,,,,,shouldn’t it?,,,,or should we just sit and wait till the ‘lovely Sun Guvnor’ finally leaves?

Now that Battistelli is allegedly 'buying' votes, buying the media, and buying so-called 'research' or 'studies' along with other means of truly expensive propaganda he is also blocking more and more blogs, but can much longer can he keep this up?

Susann Biedefeld, MdL, speaks out against the EPO in her Web site, in spite of Germany’s or Bavaria’s supposed benefit having the EPO in Munich. Here is her talk about it (switch on translation and choose the desired language):

Agnes Jongerius (S&D) has in the mean time got questions about the “working conditions at the EU institutions” added to the European Parliament’s Web site:

Today (Thursday, 7 April), staff at the European Patent Office (EPO) went on strike in order once again to draw attention to their difficult working conditions. The Court of Justice of the EU had previously called for these conditions to be improved, but nothing was done in response to that pronouncement. Conditions at the EPO have reached a nadir, but the EPO is not alone in this respect. At other EU institutions and agencies too, including the ECB and the Fundamental Rights Agency in Vienna, infringements of the Staff Regulations of Officials have occurred in recent years.

1. Does the Commission agree with staff at the EPO that the industrial relations climate at the EPO is unacceptable and needs to be substantially improved?

2. The Commission is an observer on the EPO’s Administrative Council. In that role, is it insisting that industrial relations at the EPO be improved?

3. How does the Commission try to remedy failures of compliance at other EU institutions and agencies which ought to abide by the Staff Regulations of Officials?

Stay tuned as there’s more coming in our next post.

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