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08.03.17

EPO, Lufthansa, and the German Government – Part III: DZIV and EPO Nepotism

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EPO, Lufthansa, and the German Government

Summary: A first look at some of the conflicts of interest and/or nepotism in the Croatian authorities and the relevance to Andrej Matijević and Željko Topić (EPO)

THE previous short part was introductory and the one before that focused on Andrej Matijević. We are not yet dealing with the EPO connection, but research and background seem vital for this series. Things will connect later.

“Several people in Croatia who are familiar with these matters informed us and reinforced additional details regarding Kuterovac and Topić.”We were especially careful in establishing some of the facts here; it took us a while, for example, to gather more information — preferably press reports or something more official — about the sexual-in-nature accusations against VP4 of the EPO as everything published here we typically have hard proof of (even if we choose not to publish it). We never publish anything without a strong factual basis and in this particular case we have court proceedings to support the accusations. Public information from the court in Zagreb, namely a case between Željko Topić and the portal Tjedno.hr, had Topić (during the court proceedings) saying that his marriage had collapsed because of Ljiljana Kuterovac. Several people in Croatia who are familiar with these matters informed us and reinforced additional details regarding Kuterovac and Topić.


ENThere are a number of factors that speak for the severity of the offences. The legal action before the Court in Strasbourg is based, for example, on the fact that the professional circles of the two accused are “well-oiled” as demonstrated by the current situation at the DZIV and the EPO. Both Matijević and Željko Topić continue to direct procedures at the DZIV in an unhindered and questionable manner. For example, Ljiljana Kuterovac, rumoured to be Topić’s longtime mistress, was appointed as Director of the DZIV under questionable circumstances. After attaining his current residence in Munich, Željko Topić went one step further and secured an appointment for his “escort lady” Kuterovac as a member of the supervisory board of the EPO Academy. (See Document #1)

The well-oiled nature of this corruption apparatus is also demonstrated by the fact that during Ms Kuterovac’s term of office as Director of the DZIV the lawyer Andrej Matijević was appointed as President of the Boards of Appeal in the field of Industrial Property Rights. Their close collusion or collaboration is also clearly visible on the attached private photo (Photo #1). It remains to be clarified whether it is merely a coincidence that Mr Matijević and Ms Kuterovac are to be seen on the same photo in the company of a member of the Croatian police who is responsible for the monitoring breaches of intellectual property law and is also assigned to the police department of the Ministry of the Interior directly connected to Interpol headquarters in Lyon. The lawyer Andrej Matijević was reported to the Croatian Parliament’s Committee on the Conflict of Interests on the basis of activities such as those described above and a more than obvious work-related conflict of interest. The influential Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List (“Morning Post”) reported on this in the attached article (Photo #2).


DEEs gibt mehrere Faktoren, die für die Schwere ihrer Vergehen sprechen. Die Klage des Gerichtshofs beruht beispielsweise darauf, daß das Umfeld um die beiden Angeklagten „geschmiert“ ist, wie die aktuelle Situation bei DZIV RH (Staatsamt für intellektuelles Eigentum der Republik Kroatien) und EPO zeigt. Sowohl Matijević, als auch Željko Topić leiten ungestört auf fragliche Art und Weise Prozesse bei DZIV. Dies äußert sich zum Beispiel so, daß dort unter fragwürdigen Umständen Topić’s langjährige Liebhaberin, Ljiljana Kuterovac, als Direktorin von DZIV ernannt wurde. Der korrupte Željko Topić ist dabei noch einen Schritt weitergegangen und hat im Bestreben seinen jetzigen Wohnort in München zu erreichen, seine “Eskortdame” Liljana Kuterovac zum Mitglied des Aufsichtsrates von EPO ernannt.

Daß diese Korruptionsmaschine gut geschmiert ist, beweist weiterhin die Ernennung des Rechtsanwaltes Andrej Matijević zum Präsidenten des Berufungsausschusses von DZIV auf dem Gebiet „Patente und Industrieeigentum“ während des Mandats der Direktorin Frau Kuterovac. Deren Zusammenhalt bzw. (Foto #1) Zusammenarbeit ist auch auf dem beigelegten Privatfoto bestens erkennbar. Es sei dahingestellt ob es ein Zufall ist, daß Matijević und Kuterovac auf eben diesem Foto in der Gesellschaft eines Mitglieds der kroatischen Polizei zu sehen sind, welches mit der Aufsicht des Missbrauchs vom intellektuellem Eigentum beauftragt ist und welches zudem bei der Polizeidirektion des Innenministeriums angestellt und direkt mit dem Sitz von Interpol in Lyon verbunden ist. Aufgrund Handlungen wie der soeben beschriebenen und dem mehr als offensichtlichem Interessenkonflikt bei der Arbeit, wurde der Rechtsanwalt Andrej Matijević beim Ausschuß für Interessenkonflikt der Republik Kroatien angezeigt (Foto #2. Die einflußreiche kroatische Zeitung “Jutarnji List” (Morgenzeitung) berichtete darüber, der zugehörige Artikel befindet sich im Anhang).


Photo/Foto #1

Andrej Matijevic and Ljiljana Kuterovac

Photo/Foto #2

Andrej Matijevic article

Document #1

Letter to Ljiljana Kuterovac

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