EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

02.07.17

Reception of the New German Ambassador (Dirk Brengelmann) at the EPO, in Presence of the Stasi-Like Investigative Unit

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:59 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EPO see no wrong

Summary: Reception of the new German Ambassador for the Netherlands, as arranged by Guillaume Minnoye who alleges to be above Dutch law, results in newly-established contacts that can be used to elucidate/convey the grim reality while Benoît Battistelli’s praetorian guard is not watching

THE EPO may have escaped the scrutiny of the Dutch government (at least for now), but what about the German government, which presides over the whole country including Eponia in Munich and Berlin?

“A German watching Germans,” wrote to us an anonymous source, taking note of a recent meeting. “The reception took place on 24 January 2017 at the EPO’s Branch in Rijswijk,” our source explained. First, the invitation:

E-mail subject: “Visit of the German Ambassador – cocktail with german colleagues”

Dear colleagues,

On 24 January the German Ambassador will visit the EPO. After the official part, there will be a cocktail to which Mr Minnoye invites you.

In order to allow me to evaluate the number of participants, please use the reply function with “send reply”.

Thank you very much,

████████████ on behalf of Guillaume Minnoye

The reception itself was described as follows:

The “official part” was very short. After having briefly introduced the new German Ambassador Dirk Brengelmann, the responsible site manager VP1 Guillaume Minnoye, left the reception in order to let the German employees discuss alone with their Ambassador. This is unusual, and to my knowledge did not happen before. Mr Brengelmann apparently wanted to use the opportunity of his visit to the EPO for an informal exchange of views about the social climate.

Dirk BrengelmannThe Ambassador asked those present (about 200) to form small groups; he wanted to talk with them in a less official atmosphere. When asked about the social climate, some shared their feelings about surveillance, witch hunts on union reps and other issues with their ambassador. But one of the persons in the first group, Mr Christoph Forster, was quickly identified as a member of the EPO’s Investigative Unit (IU). He said that there are no basic rights violations at the EPO. He had already worked in the Congo, and could confirm that the methods used by the EPO’s Investigative Unit compared favourably with Congo-standards. The German Ambassador was impressed.

Mr Forster is German, and one of the two IU members based in Rijswijk, the other one being Malcolm Nicholls (presumably British). Forster’s ‘job’ was apparently to have an ‘open ear’ for the conversation of his German colleagues with their Ambassador. He did not budge from Mr Brengelmann’s side until the end of the reception.

“Germans who missed the reception or decided to remain silent because of the presence of an investigator might possibly contact Mr Brengelmann at the German embassy,” our source suggested. We urge our readers to do so because Maas is evidently not doing his job. Not many people are willing to lend an ear and combat an institution which is in principle immune. Those who are sympathetic can often be helpful for a number of years, for example John Kerstens in the Netherlands and Philip Cordery in France (Benoît Battistelli is very concerned about such politicians because they publicly embarrass him in Parliament). Sometimes they even embarrass him in his own PR charades.

“Those who are sympathetic can often be helpful for a number of years, for example John Kerstens in the Netherlands and Philip Cordery in France (Benoît Battistelli is very concerned about such politicians because they publicly embarrass him in Parliament).”Access to justice at the EPO has been systematically denied for years, according to the ILO. Thus, the immunity of the EPO must be stripped. Team Battistelli shamelessly says (on Dutch television even) that it would ignore court orders. This too should be cause for alarm and for action.

As one person put it earlier today, “the point still remains that actions aimed at denying access to justice – should the EPO management ever stoop that low – might enable counter (legal) actions on new grounds.”

“We suggest that a lot of people get in touch with Dirk Brengelmann and explain the situation for him to digest in a short period of time (concision is crucial).”“And who, pray tell,” replied another person, “will take those counter-actions when there is no longer any SUEPO? Will YOU step forward to put YOUR head on the block?”

We suggest that a lot of people get in touch with Dirk Brengelmann and explain the situation for him to digest in a short period of time (concision is crucial). It always helps to have political allies. They might feel less empowered when dealing with an unaccountable agency, but sooner or later every tyranny falls flat on its face. Pressure on Battistelli to resign is growing from stakeholders too, not just staff. His predecessor too (Roland Grossenbacher) seems increasingly eager to remove him. Impeachment isn’t far-fetched at this stage.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email
  • Slashdot

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. Links 24/10/2020: GDB 10.1, Kodachi 7.4, Wine 5.20

    Links for the day



  2. Celebrating Code of Conduct Violations

    Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock



  3. The Militarised Elephant in the Room Still Commands a Lot of Free Software Development

    We take a difficult (albeit in-depth and perfectly factual) look at IBM's past and present; considering this is the company that controls Red Hat (which in turn controls many key projects in GNU/Linux) we need a better understanding of the real context, not PR fluff and marketing



  4. Juve Patent's Love of Patent Trolls and Their Misinformation

    The press 'gutter' known as Juve (basically propaganda disguised as 'news' since years ago) has gotten to the point where the publisher is just an extension of lawyers and liars



  5. IRC Proceedings: Friday, October 23, 2020

    IRC logs for Friday, October 23, 2020



  6. Look How Many Tux I Give!

    "Long live rms, long live (Hyperbola) GNU/BSD, and happy hacking."



  7. Embrace, Extend, and Extensions: Two New Reasons to Delete GitHub, Which Microsoft Ruined for Everyone (Except the Copyright Cartel and Other Censors)

    GitHub is being turned into a garbage dump with malicious masters (or monsters, or mobsters); many people are denied access for using the 'wrong' browser and developers/projects are being censored (not for doing anything wrong or illegal, either)



  8. [Meme] When EPO Staff Claims to be 'Ill' or 'Sick'... During a Pandemic's European Peak

    Gotta check and verify that those 'lazy' EPO examiners aren't just faking being ill (in order to not meet "production" targets)



  9. The EPO Has Relegated or Lowered Itself to Extremely Poor Standards

    Today's EPO continues to reaffirm the image of global weakness; having failed to improve the working conditions and quality of the work (its actions did the exact opposite), it's nowadays begging China to send over lots of workload irrespective of quality or merit and it is outsourcing the functions of the Office to the United States



  10. Links 23/10/2020: Turing Pi 2, GNU Parallel 20201022

    Links for the day



  11. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, October 22, 2020

    IRC logs for Thursday, October 22, 2020



  12. Links 23/10/2020: 'Groovy Gorilla' Everywhere in the News

    Links for the day



  13. For Better 'Tech Rights' in the United States (and the World at Large) the 'Orange Man' Needs to Go

    With less than a fortnight before election day we explain our stance from a purely tech-related rationale



  14. [Meme] Microsoft Never 'Brought' Skype to GNU/Linux (It Just Bought Skype) and It Never 'Brought' Edge to GNU/Linux Either (Google Did)

    Foolish media or gullible 'journalists' are giving Microsoft credit for other people's work; this isn't the first time either, but it helps perpetuate lies such as "Microsoft loves Linux" (so who cares about facts anyway?)



  15. It's Going to be a Long, Long Winter

    Today we revert back to lock-down mode; we're reflecting and pondering what comes next



  16. TechRadar is an Irresponsible Clickbait and Misinformation Site Disguised as 'News'

    TechRadar is no tech and no radar, either. It's just an opportunistic click-harvesting machine, disguised as a source of "news"; today we deal with the latest example (among many).



  17. Links 22/10/2020: LibreOffice 6.4.7, Septor 2020.5, Ubuntu 20.10 Released, FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report

    Links for the day



  18. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    IRC logs for Wednesday, October 21, 2020



  19. Living Humbly (With Older Technology or None) is More Compatible With Privacy- and Freedom-Respecting Technological Lifestyle

    Simplicity sometimes trumps so-called 'novelty', especially when it comes to human rights and users' freedom



  20. Reasons Why You (and Everybody Else) Should Join the Fight for Software Freedom

    Society is being closely watched and controlled (more so during/after the latest pandemic) and people must carefully consider the true importance of resisting proprietary technology (controlled remotely by state actors)



  21. Ways and Means to Reduce One's Dependency on Google's Various Monopolies and Near-Monopolies

    Getting rid of Google means a lot more than embracing DumbDumbGo (DDG) or some other sites that spy just like Google; we're taking stock of some options



  22. The European Commission is Still M.I.A. Regarding EPO Corruption (and the EPO's Management Plays Dirty, as Always)

    There's no change in the EU; the EUIPO and EPO enjoy complete and total immunity/impunity, with the Commission being manned by those who are deeply complicit



  23. 10 Reasons Why All This 'Edge for Linux' Coverage is a Total Farce

    The fake hype surrounding "Edge" is an inauthentic hype/buzz campaign made to coincide with anti-Google sentiments spread by Microsoft front/pressure groups



  24. Microsoft's IIS Has Collapsed Again This Past Month (and IIS Will Not and Cannot Survive This Way)

    Netcraft shows that Microsoft's decline further accelerates in the Web servers space; IIS is becoming financially unviable



  25. Links 21/10/2020: Alpine 3.12.1, Tor Browser 10.0.2

    Links for the day



  26. [Meme] US Department of Justice Should Have Taken on Microsoft Again, Not Google

    When lobbying, connections and political sway determine the actions of the American government it's hardly surprising that Bill Gates gets the Trump administration to fight for him (to make him even richer)



  27. [Meme] Banning Words, Gaslighting Volunteers

    What happens when institutions are themselves in violation of a CoC (institutional violation) and massive corporations that fund such institutional violations are defending demonisation of the individual (squashing ‘uncomfortable’ voices, even volunteers’)



  28. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

    IRC logs for Tuesday, October 20, 2020



  29. Links 21/10/2020: $8000 GNU/Linux Desktop, Tails 4.12, Open Infrastructure Foundation and Firefox Release

    Links for the day



  30. Never Feed the Internet Trolls, No Matter How Tempting It Becomes

    The tactics for removing critics of abuse (by framing them as "abusive") have evolved a lot in recent years; the best course of action is to never entertain provocateurs in any way whatsoever (just ignore them, give them no attention which they crave and feed on)


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts