Millions of Euros down the drain for publicity stunts that make him look legitimate (for just one afternoon)
Summary: The latest farcical behaviour from the European Patent Office (EPO), where Battistelli has enacted some kind of Martial Law in the face of resistance to his utter elimination of everything the Office stands for
In other words, the EPO races to the bottom of patent quality. “Battistelli,” continued the mouthpiece, had said “EPO patent grants projected to jump by more than 30% in 2016″ (as if that’s a good thing, it only reinforces the greatest worries that the EPO as an examination office is dying).
“More software patents advocacy (ish) could be found today in the EPO’s own mouth.”“Another job vacancy at the EPO,” one person meanwhile writes in a comment, linking to “President of the Boards of Appeal (INT/EXT/2141)” from the EPO’s Web site. “Will be interesting to see if it goes to an EPO “insider” or whether the successful candidate will be an “external”.”
Well, maybe some French dude (yes, male) from INPI. Yet another one… not only will Bergot (wife of Battistelli’s friend from INPI) be involved in this appointment but also Battistelli himself, as independence of the boards is now just an illusion (being sent to exile in Haar in itself says how much independence and self-determination they have, while AMBA’s input gets altogether ignored in decision-making). Some other day (probably soon) we’ll write about people whom Battistelli has ejected from the boards. It’s really quite a farce!
The EPO, in the mean time, promotes this upcoming event titled “Boards of appeal and key decisions 2016″ (does not cover the decision to send it to exile as part of the malicious plans).
“This event is tailored to patent attorneys, judges & NPO staff with 3 to 4 years’ experience in patents,” the EPO wrote.
“Battistelli is totally killing the EPO. He throws over 40 years of reputation down the drain and he will soon thereafter probably return to a political career in France (his ally Sarkozy pursues power again) because the UPC isn’t going to happen.”More software patents advocacy (ish) could be found today in the EPO’s own mouth. “This e-learning module,” the EPO wrote, “presents the patentability requirements for computer-implemented inventions at the EPO” even though these are not legal. Rules and laws be damned! Battistelli insists he’s above the law anyway. Well, this is the second time in less than a week that the EPO does this kind of software patents advocacy, reinforcing the belief that racing to the bottom (or expanding patent scope in an ad hoc fashion) is Battistelli’s suicidal spiel in Munich. It’s suicidal for the Office, not for him.
As an aside, when the EPO does not address all followers in oder to promote Battistelli’s next lobbying event it is still 'spamming' universities this week [1, 2, 3]. Is this like the fiftieth university yet? We have lost count quite frankly.
The EPO isn’t a joke because of sites like Techrights but because of what the Office says and does. Techrights just gives a platform and a voice to EPO insiders, stakeholders, and various observers.
Battistelli is totally killing the EPO. He throws over 40 years of reputation down the drain and he will soon thereafter probably return to a political career in France (his ally Sarkozy pursues power again) because the UPC isn’t going to happen. █