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11.04.16

Has the Advisor of Željko Topić Just Quit, Got Sacked, or is EPO Vice-President Topić Gaining Even Greater Powers?

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

EPO Three Stooges

Summary: One of the “Three Stooges” (left above), or the one who is probably in most trouble with the law, is looking to hire an advisor, based on a newly-advertised vacancy

THE Chinchillas at the Administrative Council recently agreed to Battistelli's demand (or “request”, though the Chinchillas always say “yes”) that Topić should stay at the EPO for several more years, in spite of criminal charges against him.

Regarding Željko Topić, renowned (or notorious) for attacks on staff, not much of an introduction is needed. He has become a perfect symbol for the Office or a symptom of what the Office became under Battistelli.

“Would the applicant be fluent in Croatian and capable of learning about his/her new (prospective) boss?”For information to our readers, a new job vacancy at the EPO has suddenly emerged: Advisor to VP4.

This new job vacancy at the EPO does not necessarily mean that it’s a new position. We’re not sure if the advisor got sacked, left early, reached an end of contract (convenient termination of employment), or perhaps Battistelli just relies on this thug, Topić, having more authority and greater capacity. Who would be willingly advising a Vice-president who faces many criminal charges? Would the person applying for such a job even know who or what the “VP4″ is? We sure hope so and in the mean time we would like to ask readers: did the existing person get pissed off and perhaps left (if any such a person existed)? Does anyone know the enigma surrounding this job advertisement? Would the applicant be fluent in Croatian and capable of learning about his/her new (prospective) boss?

Speaking of Croatia, a short while ago the EPO mentioned it in Twitter. “Croatia, Lithuania and Spain join the Federated Register service,” it said. This is the same Croatia where the Vice-President of the EPO, Mr. Topić, faces serious criminal charges and based on the latest information, there may be merit to these. As we wrote last week, the luxury cars used by the Croatian SIPO during Topić’s term of office were acquired in breach of the applicable official budgetary regulations.

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