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04.27.17

The Latest Expensive PR Blitz of the EPO, Led by Jana Mittermaier and Rainer Osterwalder Under the ‘European Inventor Award’ Banner

Posted in Europe, Patents at 7:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EPO preoccupied with lobbying officials rather than patent examination

Portugal and Battistelli

Summary: The PR agencies of the Corsican in Chief, who appears to be buying political support rather than earning any, are very busy this week, as yet another reputation laundering campaign kicks off

REMEMBER “European Inventor Award”? That incredibly expensive (wasteful) EPO PR and lobbying charade which is artificial (manufactured) hype?

“Battistelli thinks he is “improving lives” (the headline/title); Except thousands of his workers’ lives (plus their families’), including those who committed suicide due to him.”Well, it’s back again and yesterday the EPO wrote (warning: epo.org link) in the monarch’s narrative, as usual: “”This year’s finalists demonstrate that Europe continues to be a world leader in innovation. The outstanding inventors nominated for the European Inventor Award allow us to honour the men and women whose ingenious work contributes to the competitiveness of the European economy and improves our daily lives,” said EPO President Benoît Battistelli. “The European patent system remains a pillar for securing Europe’s position as a global marketplace for innovation.”

“The European patent system remains a pillar” of a broken chair maybe. Battistelli broke it.

“Under Battistelli, as a matter of fact, the Office actually rewarded those whose fake ‘innovations’ were killing many people.”It didn’t take long for the EPO’s PR department to then tweet a link to Battistelli’s ‘blog’ (warning: epo.org link). Battistelli thinks he is “improving lives” (the headline/title); Except thousands of his workers’ lives (plus their families’), including those who committed suicide due to him. How about the lives of all those inventors and businesses that got sued (or will get sued) with bogus EPs granted under Battistelli’s regime due to pressure? Patents don’t improve lives on their own. They can sometimes support an important discovery, but the patents in their own right don’t “improve lives”.

“These innovations,” he wrote, “have improved and even saved the lives of millions”; well, how many ill people were denied access to live-saving medicine due to patents that killed off generics? Battistelli is quite a newbie when it comes to this topic (only in his mid-fifties he belatedly got introduced to it), so one can almost excuse him for such ignorance.

Under Battistelli, as a matter of fact, the Office actually rewarded those whose fake ‘innovations’ were killing many people. That’s hardly a good thing. He helped legitimise a fraud.

“Jana Mittermaier and Rainer Osterwalder are behind at least some them (they are explicitly listed) and occasionally other firms…”Later in the day the EPO retweeted some nonsense from Siemens (Philips probably did the same thing). “Siemens Healthineers Jan van den Boogaart & Prof Dr Oliver Hayden are finalists for 2017 European Inventor Award,” they said. But wait, it didn’t quite happen like this. There is a big, expensive PR campaign going on. It started with this tweet and then another which said: “Behind every invention is a scientist who made it happen.”

Soon thereafter we found a lot of puff pieces about it, e.g. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. On the surface it may look like superficial, poor journalism, but actually it’s almost ghost-written or coordinated in advance. See for example this one. Some of the above are ‘planted’ pieces and/or paid EPO press releases intended to promote Battistelli’s lobbying event. They are being published right now in tandem. Jana Mittermaier and Rainer Osterwalder are behind at least some them (they are explicitly listed) and occasionally other firms, with names like these showing up (more PR help from the outside?):

Jonathan Weinberg
Shepard Fox Communications
Tel. +44 2033 184491
Mobile: +44 7947 141014
jonathan.weinberg@shepard-fox.com

The matter of fact is, a lot of stakeholders’ money is being totally wasted on utter nonsense. Mittermaier and Osterwalder, together with FTI Consulting we suppose, are trying to paste/plant their rubbish in news sites, quite frankly as usual.

Lo and behold. This is what the EPO has become.

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