Next photo op: puppies?
Summary: Benoît Battistelli continues to make the EPO look like Europe’s biggest laughing stock by attempting to tackle issues with corny photo ops rather than real change (like SUEPO recognition, diverse hiring, improved patent quality, and cessation of sheer abuses)
ONE of the many things that EPO management is routinely criticised for is lack of diversity (both gender and race). Today, tactlessly enough, Benoît Battistelli published himself posing for photo op with a black boxer. It’s like US politicians who pose for photos with black baseball/basketball/football players (or other athletes) to ‘prove’ they are not racist and thus attract votes/consent from the black population/community. Remember that Battistelli is inherently a politician, so he has these tricks/routines up his sleeve. These tricks might be effective in charming the general population, but EPO examiners are not this gullible. It’s embarrassing for them. It’s like the EPO has become a political party. Employees of the EPO are not sure whether to laugh or sob. Not too long ago Benoît Battistelli did a photo op along with Cambodia (with zero patents at the EPO!).
“It’s like US politicians who pose for photos with black baseball/basketball/football players (or other athletes) to ‘prove’ they are not racist and thus attract votes/consent from the black population/community.”We expect a Battistelli photo op with Neelie Kroes (with Bahamas shell companies) and José Manuel Barroso (Goldman Sachs revolving doors) next… because photo ops can supposedly solve all issues (ask FFPE-EPO which helped Battistelli create a perception of peace with ‘unions’). █