EPO’s Benoît Battistelli is Again Exploiting Truck Attacks to Spread Lies and Garner Sympathy (for the Abuser)
No shame is the name of his game, where Martial Law (to Hell with the EPC!) and perceived emergencies are agents of change
“…we firmly believe in the core values of tolerance and openness. Such attacks will never destroy these principles, nor the European values of cultural diversity, tolerance and mutual respect.” ~Benoît Battistelli today.
Summary: As usual, Benoît Battistelli resorts to exploitation of disasters to bolster the narrative of Battistelli himself as an heroic protector from terror (even when it’s him who terrorises everyone, even bloggers)
NOTHING that the Liar in Chief does surprises us any longer. Battistelli’s reputation is in the gutter both among his employees and among stakeholders (like clients) [1, 2]. Both rated him at 0% — a fact he can only attempt to deflect/distract from while comparing his staff (or their representatives) to “Mafia”. If Battistelli was a Corsican general like Napoleon, he would have already started a distant/imperialistic/expansionist war to bolster his sunken reputation. Syria might do. Battistelli’s awful leadership has destroyed the reputation of the EPO (both Office and Organisation). That’s half a century of reputation-building down the drain, impacting the résumés of former employees, devaluing decades-old EPs, and so much more. If EPO was a publicly-traded company with market value, it would have driven away shareholders and risk bankruptcy by now (there are already fiscal issues).
“Can’t they see that they merely reinforce their stigma as chronic liars?”A lot of people out there refer/allude to the EPO’s boss, Battistelli, as a Frenchman, which is technically correct but it’s an Italian name and he’s from Corsica, where his name is apparently associated with the Mafia. No wonder he runs the Office like the Sicilian Mafia, based on what insiders say. The mainstream media has already compared his regime to "terror", yet he has the nerve to condemn terror every single time it happens somewhere. Projection much? Another PR stunt? FTI Consulting's idea? Now Battistelli is milking Sweden (as usual, he always does this). At around the same time (this afternoon) the EPO retweeted Mikk Putk, a Patent Attorney who apparently fell for the latest publicity stunt and wrote that “EPO offers grants for academic research,” alluding to the latest PR/publicity stunt, trying to paint the EPO as a friend of researchers — the very thing it is not (at least not anymore). “Use [of misuse] of applicants’ money” is what one person at IP Kat comments called it today, linking to our rebuttal/response. How much worse can the PR strategy of the EPO get? Can’t they see that they merely reinforce their stigma as chronic liars? No other public institution is obsessing so much over terror attacks (to the point where about 20% of ‘news’ is just that). Battistelli’s chronic paranoia and weird fetishes are making the EPO more and more of a laughing stock. █