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01.17.17

EPO Totally Silent for a Month, But Deep Inside There Are Serious Cracks

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

René Kraft
Photo credit (CC): Groupe LINAGORA

Summary: The situation at the EPO seems to be pretty grim, even at the top-level management, and the EPO has gone into permanent silence mode

“Solidarity with the victims in Berlin” was the last time the EPO said anything publicly (other than banal tweets that say nothing new). In our entire history covering EPO affairs we never saw such long timespan of silence. We started asking about the silence from SUEPO and the EPO. “Cease-fire” one person suggested as a possibility for SUEPO saying virtually nothing, adding that: “It’s probably the well known silent before the storm situation. We both know too well that Battistelli & thugs can’t be trusted…”

We are pretty certain Battistelli intends to sack some more staff representatives, maybe the ones that he’s currently busting at The Hague.

Meanwhile, as revealed by this comment yesterday, the French “principal director in charge of IT is a personal friend of Battistelli,” continuing a tradition of nepotism and institutional corruption at the Office. At the end of last year we learned about possible tensions between two French ladies (Battistelli cronies), Elodie Bergot and Nadja Merdaci-Lefèvre, and now we have this:

more insight into VP1′s “resignation for personal reasons”: according to a very well informant within principal directors in The Hague (a young man who cannot hold his mouth and shares privileged info with some), here is how it would have actually happened:

during the Admin. Council, Battistelli called VP1 in his luxury suite overlooking Munich’s city on floor 10 of the Isar building, to tell him that he was very happy with the production figures and that VP1 did an excellent job before to eventually tender him a letter of resignation ready to sign on the spot.

Indeed the Admin. Council was heavily complaining (in confidential sessions) about the lack of progress of the IT roadmap for which TONS of applicants’money has so far been wasted for no tangible results. Enough! Someone’s head had to roll

Since the principal director in charge of IT is a personal friend of Battistelli (who recruited him at this position where money flows like the Seine in Neuilly) he had to protect him and instead to find another culprit. Battistelli considered that old VP1′s one would do the trick.

Since then old VP1 is down, deeply affected (we actually ignored he was such a delicate soul…) and finds he was brutally abused by the man he served so faithfully during all these years. Indeed to end ones long career like an old pair of knickers thrown in the bin must be hard.

If the following (slightly later) comment is correct, then it confirms rumours we heard about Team Battistelli being in a crisis which it hides from the media:

Indeed VP1 was always a relatively simple soul who didn’t get where he is other than by following the leader rather than having a particular affinity for his DG. His lack of any examination experience (he was working only as a search examiner) helped him drive for numbers without any understanding of the eventualities. So he’s been stabbed in the back? I suppose he thought that meeting the numbers was all that mattered for keeping him in his position. Brutal.
At least I’m happy to hear it isn’t a cover for a serious health issue.

If anyone could provide additional information about this (preferably with some evidence/proof for backing), we would greatly appreciate it. We can be contacted anonymously.

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