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06.10.16

The Commission is Complicit in EPO Abuses, According to Marc Tarabella

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Perhaps what Battistelli is up to was all along the plan of some ‘higher’ agenda?

Commission

Summary: Remarks on conspicuous inaction from the Commission in the face is very serious abuses at the EPO’s management

THE EPO continues to come under fire from European politicians, who are powerless when it comes to taking action against EPO managerial thugs, due to the misguided way the EPO had been set up (like a state within a state).

SUEPO now highlights the questions from Agnes Jongerius (covered here days ago) and translations are available in French and in German from SUEPO’s Web site.

Interestingly enough, SUEPO found another question from Marc Tarabella (same party as Jongerius), whom we mentioned here last year. It turns out that months later he asked this:

Parliamentary questions
2 February 2016
E-000938-16
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marc Tarabella (S&D)

Subject: EU representation in the European Patent Office

Written Questions E-009256/2015 and E-010497/2015 drew the Commission’s attention to the appalling situation at the European Patent Office (EPO).

Following the implementation of the 2010 plan to increase productivity, a ban on trade union activity, repeated privacy violations, harassment and unachievable productivity targets which make a mockery of European workers’ rights have put the EPO’s 7 000 staff in a very difficult position. Since 2012, four of them have committed suicide.

The Commission has a representative with observer status on the EPO’s Administrative Council who rarely intervenes, despite the governance problems.

What is the exact role of the Commission representative?

Does he/she report back to the Commission on the management problems?

This is an interesting point because the EPO has just published this piece of nonsense (warning: epo.org link) which says “Benoît Battistelli greets Carlos Moedas” (there is also a photograph). That’s basically Benoît Battistelli lobbying Carlos Moedas (European Commission), as we noted yesterday. It seems to have worked. As we noted here in previous years, the Commission was unwilling to step in despite requests, so what does it make the Commission if not complicit in all these human rights abuses? Not only the Administrative Council should be contacted perhaps…

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