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03.18.17

Governance Crisis at EPO Deepens After Latest Meeting of the Administrative Council, Necessitating Urgent Outside Intervention

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Also see: Ousting of Benoît Battistelli Next Week Seems Feasible, But Jesper Kongstad Protects Rather Than Supervises Battistelli

Battistelli and Kongstad

Summary: The EPO’s Administrative Council continues to be subservient to — and without any authority over — Team Battistelli with its endless mischief and endless power grab, including unbridled money grab

THE EPO lost the separation of powers. Jesper Kongstad has become nothing but a lap pet — be it a chinchilla or a dog — of Battistelli (whom he ‘supervises’) and hence, those whom Kongstad ‘chairs’ are the lapdogs of the lapdog. It would be utterly comical if it wasn’t so serious and resulted in many suicides (tragedies to entire families, sometimes spouses and children too).

George Brock-Nannestad, who comes from Denmark, explains that Danish people are hardly aware what the head of their patent office, Kongstad, has actually been up to:

I (and nobody else in the general public) is aware of the role played by the Chairman of the AC, essentially because no journalists know enough about the esoteric patent field to perform investigative journalism.

The comments in IPKat have given us rumours, but they have not been substantiated. The journalists I have spoken to have been more interested in the human angle to the managerial atrocities at the EPO, and they have not been interested in learning that such atrocities are just a means to an end. And when I have argued that we do not even know what the end is, why all of this is happening, their deadline suddenly stops their absorbance of facts.

With a politician in charge (no scientist or someone from the legal professional), the “EPO moved from rules of law to lobbying.” So says this response to George Brock-Nannestad:

The problem at the EPO is not the quantity of grants (+40%) or their low quality. The main problem is that the EPO moved from rules of law to lobbying.
In your example, you suggest for the SMEs to file observations and to file good oppositions. But what could they do when the competitor has direct contact with the directors and with the higher management?
The examiners are instructucted to follow the opinion of their managers. The BoA is under control and has lost its independence.
For the SMEs the main problem is not the grant of the patent of a competitor but the refusal of their own inventive patent.

Watch the tyrannical Battistelli, based on this new comment, removing another position below him, in order to hoard/grab more power. The following was expected and we covered the subject earlier this month. Did the chinchillas stand in Battistelli’s way? Of course not!

Result of the discussion : BB says to the AC “I have decided not to replace VP1″ (who is only in charge of ca. 4500 civil servants”…

The AC (who IS in charge of nominating VPs) : MUTE

Result : BB 1 – AC 0

Game over

Don’t miss this rumour (unverified) that small countries, whose delegates Battistelli typically or at least allegedly 'buys', acted as couriers or mouthpieces of Team Battistelli. To quote:

Feedback AC nr 2

usually only few delegations speak during the open part of the AC meeting (eg CH, NL, DE and the like)

In confidential session though, all liliputian delegations (eg Albania, Croatia etc) who have the IP activities you know, who normally speak very bad English, then read speaches written in Oxbridge EN (apparently prepared by…the EPO !)

“Like his Greek tyrant friend Serafeim Stasinos,” wrote one person to us the other day, regarding one who “used to “represent” Greece in the Finance nd Budget Committee of EPO, while in his country had no institutional position!!!! just by being Beny’s [Battistelli's] friend…”

Remember just how many times, especially recently, Battistelli traveled to high-corruption countries to sign all sorts of deals. He’s barely seen with any widely-respected officials anymore. Maybe there is a reason for this. Maybe even these official are too wise to be publicly seen with a thug like Battistelli.

Readers who speak Dutch are encouraged to speak to Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, who seems eager to take action [1, 2]. Collectively, delegates are evidently far too complicit to actually do anything. They themselves are part of the problem and the whole Organisation has thus gone rogue.

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