EPO Ally IAM Magazine Calls Battistelli’s Dismissal of EPO Staff Representative Laurent Prunier “a Needless Own Goal.”
Summary: IAM ‘magazine’, one of the most pro-EPO publications out there, seems to have reached somewhat of a tipping point as it too is getting fed up with the misguided President who drives away all the valuable staff and rejects patent quality in favour of quantity
The Register, by contrast, continues to do a good job covering key events, even though unlike IAM it’s not a site about patents. There are some more new comments in The Register, which attracted a lot of attention, including from Mark Summerfield who wrote: Every time I think things can’t sink any lower at @EPOorg, Battistellius Rex finds a way!”
“Roland Grossenbacher too has begun distancing himself from Battistelli.”IAM responded with: “If the reports are accurate – and that is not certain given all the agendas – this does look like a needless own goal.”
So even allies of Battistelli (like IAM) are increasingly cautious now; they don’t wish to look gullible, or like fools who are blindly loyal to Battistelli with his chronic lies. They’re more like, “I’m not so sure about this one…”
Roland Grossenbacher too has begun distancing himself from Battistelli.
Some take the approach of silence, i.e. don’t cover, don’t mention anything. Pretending not to know doesn’t make it OK. It’s almost like complicity by passivity, especially when one’s job is to report the news.
An EPO insider responded to IAM by saying: “What a nonsense, there are no different agendas except one, respecting the rule of law & respect towards staff!” The person was later adding this remark that “TheRegister report is 100 % accurate, no distortion of facts found, check.”
“A lot of staff can understand our frustration because having followed this for a number of years, it seems perfectly clear that it’s Battistelli who should be dismissed, not those who say the truth about his incompetence and/or his terrible policies.”Yes, it’s accurate. SUEPO has in fact just linked to it in its front page, editing that page for the first time in quite a long while. People who know the facts and are close to the action seem to confirm what we wrote in our previous three articles about the dismissal (plus parody video) [1, 2, 3, 4]. There’s no misreporting in it, maybe some partisan language, but that is all. A lot of staff can understand our frustration because having followed this for a number of years, it seems perfectly clear that it’s Battistelli who should be dismissed, not those who say the truth about his incompetence and/or his terrible policies. These people love the EPO much more than he ever did.
Regarding the judge that Battistelli tries to dismiss even though it’s outside his scope of authority (so he leans on his Chinchillas at the Administrative Council), a comment has just been published to say:
Blundering forward says…
AC [Administrative Council]: “Of course, BB [Battistelli] and his VP’s always look forward to the day when they can do a big courtroom case!”
SR [Staff Representation/tive]: ” Each in the BB team seem to have two perfectly good legs but, however, they have never learned to walk forward”
PwC [context here]: ” If we can’t begin to agree on fundamentals such as the elimination of the most abusive forms of staff reps, then we are not ready to march forward into the future.”
BoA [Board of Appeal]: ” Dismissal is never the way forward on our shared path to free speech and justice”
How many more people (or families, or spouses in the judge’s case) will be emotionally exhausted if not destroyed before the crazed President is removed from his position? Does anyone still genuinely support this maniac or does everyone feel as though pretense of support is essential? The video below is for those who missed/overlooked it last night. █