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

08.31.17

The Dark Side of WIPO and Attempts to Suppress Information Mirror the EPO’s Tactics

Posted in Australia, Europe, Patents at 3:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Curious new details and bits of information about WIPO help show just how similar it is to the EPO when it comes to serious abuses

THERE are many parallels between what happens at the EPO and what happens in WIPO, except for the fact that both bully bloggers who write about their abuses and never mind the fact that Battistelli tried to be the head of both (at different times).

Someone who is familiar with what happens at WIPO recently got in touch with us. This person wished to tell us about “WIPO Malfeasance”, taking stock of some truly horrible things, having recently read about the “Update on Civil Complaints and Criminal Complaints Against EPO Vice-President Željko Topić in Lufthansa/Airplus Case” (published here a year and a half ago).

“My concern was recent learning of the hostile environment at WIPO and the stress it places on ethical individuals who find themselves isolated and worse if they bring attention to questionable practices engaged in at WIPO by Gurry subordinates.”
      –Anonymous
“I was browsing the web,” told us this person, “regarding information on Francis Gurry at WIPO and whistleblower retaliation and other wrongdoing…”

That’s how this person came across our articles. We certainly hope that more people from within and/or around WIPO will approach us with information. We need to expose what happens in WIPO as well.

“My concern,” the person explained to us, “was recent learning of the hostile environment at WIPO and the stress it places on ethical individuals who find themselves isolated and worse if they bring attention to questionable practices engaged in at WIPO by Gurry subordinates.”

“I am wondering if there is any way to verify the disproportionate amount of personal leave time, suicides, whistleblower events at this agency and if parallels are seen at EPO?”
      –Anonymous
This sounds exactly like the EPO, where Team Battistelli is the equivalent of “Gurry subordinates.”

The person continued: “I am wondering if there is any way to verify the disproportionate amount of personal leave time, suicides, whistleblower events at this agency and if parallels are seen at EPO?”

As far as we know, there have been more suicides at the EPO and little is known about some of them because the EPO denies investigators access. This is where immunity helps pave the way to human suffering and potentially yet more suicides.

I was always very eager to expose these abuses at WIPO, not because I have a grudge against WIPO (I don’t) but because a lot can be learned regarding the EPO and international institutions in general. The immunity which prevails in these institutions actually tends to assure human rights abuses and lack of accountability.

“What was the French investigation and why was Gurry allowed to freeze the office and remove emails from the spouse … Much like the cozy link with Swiss police to illegally obtain staff DNA?”
      –Anonymous
“My concern was to expose the corruption that led to ‘suicide’ of ethics officer when he was placed in a no-win position of reporting to director who was above the ethics consideration and was ruthless and vindictive in squashing complaints,” our source told us. “There is a question in my mind if this was a suicide … What was the French investigation and why was Gurry allowed to freeze the office and remove emails from the spouse … Much like the cozy link with Swiss police to illegally obtain staff DNA?”

This is new to us. It suggests that even people fairly high up at WIPO (who were contacted about this) are not entirely sure it was a suicide.

At the EPO, as sources often told us, people were pushed to suicide by bullying. The Office likes to bully people, either legally (legal aggression) or by so-called ‘interrogation’ which defies international law.

To merely compare WIPO and the EPO does not suggest things are identical; we’re trying to determine what patterns exist which helps explain symptoms. There’s no ‘competition’ over who’s more abusive; both institutions can be evil. Both can be rogue.

“What were the arrangements made to open patent satellite centers in Russia and China — how aware were member companies?”
      –Anonymous
“A lot of this is public information,” our source told us. “The issue of the health records at these organisations is difficult to vet. The staff morale will be easy to get individually — except that most of the staff do not want a record that will expose them to retaliatory attacks. The public record hints at the environment. This seems to again a case of “absolute power in an organisation corrupts absolutely” — I wonder if anyone has has been able to follow a money trail as WIPO has its own budget source. What were the arrangements made to open patent satellite centers in Russia and China — how aware were member companies? It seems that Russia and China want access to early knowledge of technology trends and there could be a way to at the [very] least monitor the most recent information — a leaky gate could benefit these countries — so what safeguards did WIPO do for this highly valuable information — why the secrecy to their member states and who made these decisions and why the ones taken. Yes, it seems there is smoke.

“I just see dysfunction and a narcissist in charge and wonder why there is so much retaliation when some of his questionable practices are exposed. Suspicious this is just the tip of the iceberg.

“So other than three whistleblowers — your article [see above] — it seems there is the unusual actions of US to discipline WIPO by cutting funding by 15% — there is Australia starting to separate itself.

“I just see dysfunction and a narcissist in charge and wonder why there is so much retaliation when some of his questionable practices are exposed.”
      –Anonymous
“This guy [Gurry, an Australian] has made his deals — what were they and how many other people have been crushed as they blocked his questionable dictatorial practices — some of which exposed an illegal nature. How many other activities. Besides the power — were there kick backs — staring contracts to friends is minor (reported for only a minor slap)..”

We have already covered similar things at the EPO too. The resemblance is difficult to ignore.

“I only recently found out about this swamp through a personal connection,” the source continued, “and wondered how to expose the mess and help the employees. It seems a similar situation to the dysfunction the US civil service has in dealing with their new ranting president.” (Trump)

“A benevolent dictator is the most efficient structure — however failings in perfect benevolence can be disastrous. ”
      –Anonymous
Although we are often discouraged (by readers) from making political analogies, no doubt these are inherently political matters. Politics cannot be refrained from. Battistelli is in fact a politician with a clear political affiliation. Today, in our IRC channels, an Australian also explained how WIPO ties into Australian politics. “Most people have no clue how many countries have WIPO offices as, like with Australia, the branch in that country is not named WIPO,” he explained. “Australia has a branch office,” he insisted, linking to this reference page.

Going back to our source and the motivations for sharing it: “I do not see why these should not be questions for the public to think about. Also, the criminal activities you report from EPO make one wonder what about these Patent organisations has such a lax oversight — when one would think extra precautions are needed, i.e. who watches the watchers? Is there a fundamental flaw in the organisational structure where autocratic characters rise quickly and are tempted by corrupt shortcuts? A benevolent dictator is the most efficient structure — however failings in perfect benevolence can be disastrous. So my musings were to encourage your questions and to keep the pressure on WIPO — hoping to empower those in unfair stressful situations, clip Gurry’s powers and try and get a fair look by justice officials.

“…real people’s lives are being hurt and there are much better ways to run the organisations.”
      –Anonymous
“I feel strongly that some daylight should be shone on these activities and individuals — real people’s lives are being hurt and there are much better ways to run the organisations. I am frustrated by abuses of power and trust. I would not be surprised [if] there is significant hidden questionable compensation for shady deals.”

Recall what Team Battistelli did some months ago. They’re taking massive bonuses for themselves and often use these bonuses to wage legal war against the media — all this in order to discourage reporting about their wrongdoing. We’ll write more about that later today.

If someone out there has more information about WIPO, please get in touch. We would like to know what Gurry and his ilk try so hard to hide from the public.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

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. Weaponising Russophobia Against One's Critics

    Response to smears and various whispering campaigns whose sole purpose is to deplete the support base for particular causes and people; these sorts of things have gotten out of control in recent years



  2. When the EPO is Run by Politicians It's Expected to Be Aggressive and Corrupt Like Purely Political Establishments

    António 'Photo Op' Campinos will have marked his one-year anniversary in July; he has failed to demonstrate morality, respect for the law, understanding of the sciences, leadership by example and even the most basic honesty (he lies a lot)



  3. Links 16/6/2019: Tmax OS and New Features for KDE.org

    Links for the day



  4. Stuffed/Stacked Panels Sent Back Packing After One-Sided Patent Hearings That Will Convince Nobody, Just Preach to the Choir

    Almost a week ago the 'world tour' of patent lobbyists in US Senate finally ended; it was an utterly ridiculous case study in panel stacking and bribery (attempts to buy laws)



  5. 2019 H1: American Software Patents Are as Worthless as They Were Last Year and Still Susceptible to Invalidation

    With a fortnight left before the second half of the year it seems evident that software patents aren't coming back; the courts have not changed their position at all



  6. As European Patent Office Management Covers up Collapse in Patent Quality Don't Expect UPC to Ever Kick Off

    It would be madness to allow EPO-granted patents to become 'unitary' (bypassing sovereignty of nations that actually still value patent quality); it seems clear that rogue EPO management has, in effect, not only doomed UPC ambitions but also European Patents (or their perceived legitimacy, presumption of validity)



  7. António Campinos -- Unlike His Father -- Engages in Imperialism (Using Invalid Patents)

    Despite some similarities to his father (not positive similarities), António Campinos is actively engaged in imperialistic agenda that defies even European law; the EPO not only illegally grants patents but also urges other patent offices to do the same



  8. António Campinos Takes EPO Waste and Corruption to Unprecedented Levels and Scale

    The “B” word (billions) is thrown around at Europe’s second-largest institution because a mischievous former EUIPO chief (not Archambeau) is ‘partying’ with about half of the EPO’s all-time savings, which are supposed to be reserved for pensions and other vital programmes, not presidential palaces and gambling



  9. Links 15/6/2019: Astra Linux in Russia, FreeBSD 11.3 RC

    Links for the day



  10. Code of Conduct Explained: Partial Transcript - August 10th, 2018 - Episode 80, The Truth About Southeast Linuxfest

    "Ask Noah" and the debate on how a 'Code of Conduct' is forcibly imposed on events



  11. Links 14/6/2019: Xfce-Related Releases, PHP 7.4.0 Alpha

    Links for the day



  12. The EPO is a Patent Troll's Wet Dream

    The makers of software and games in Europe will have to spend a lot of money just keeping patent trolls off their backs — a fact that seems to never bother EPO management because it profits from it



  13. EPO Spreading Patent Extremists' Ideology to the Whole World, Now to South Korea

    The EPO’s footprint around the world's patent systems is an exceptionally dangerous one; The EPO amplifies the most zealous voices of the patents and litigation ‘industry’ while totally ignoring the views and interests of the European public, rendering the EPO an ‘agent of corporate occupation’



  14. Guest Post: Notes on Free Speech, and a Line in the Sand

    We received this anonymous letter and have published it as a follow-up to "Reader's Claim That Rules Similar to the Code of Conduct (CoC) Were 'Imposed' on LibrePlanet and the FSF"



  15. Links 13/6/2019: CERN Dumps Microsoft, GIMP 2.10.12 Released

    Links for the day



  16. Links 12/6/2019: Mesa 19.1.0, KDE neon 5.16, Endless OS 3.6.0 and BackBox Linux 6

    Links for the day



  17. Leaked Financial 'Study' Document Shows EPO Management and Mercer Engaging in an Elaborate “Hoax”

    How the European Patent Office (EPO) lies to its own staff to harm that staff; thankfully, the staff isn't easily fooled and this whole affair will merely obliterate any remnants of "benefit of the doubt" the President thus far enjoyed



  18. Measuring Patent Quality and Employer Quality in Europe

    Comparing the once-famous and respected EPO to today's joke of an office, which grants loads of bogus patents on just about anything including fruit and mathematics



  19. Granting More Fundamentally Wrong Patents Will Mean Reduced Certainty, Not Increased Certainty

    Law firms that are accustomed to making money from low-quality and abstract patents try to overcome barriers by bribing politicians; this will backfire because they show sheer disregard for the patent system's integrity and merely lower the legal certainty associated with granted (by greedy offices) patents



  20. Links 11/6/2019: Wine 4.10, Plasma 5.16

    Links for the day



  21. Chapter 10: Moving Forward -- Getting the Best Results From Open Source With Your Monopoly

    “the gradual shift in public consciousness from their branding towards our own, is the next best thing to owning them outright.”



  22. Chapter 9: Ownership Through Branding -- Change the Names, and Change the World

    The goal for those fighting against Open source, against the true openness (let's call it the yet unexploited opportunities) of Open source, has to be first to figuratively own the Linux brand, then literally own or destroy the brand, then to move the public awareness of the Linux brand to something like Azure, or whatever IBM is going to do with Red Hat.



  23. Links 10/6/2019: VLC 3.0.7, KDE Future Plans

    Links for the day



  24. Patent Quality Continues to Slip in Europe and We Know Who Will Profit From That (and Distract From It)

    The corporate media and large companies don't speak about it (like Red Hat did before entering a relationship with IBM), but Europe is being littered and saturated with a lot of bogus software patents -- abstract patents that European courts would almost certainly throw out; this utter failure of the media to do journalism gets exploited by the "big litigation" lobby and EPO management that's granting loads of invalid European Patents (whose invalidation goes underreported or unreported in the media)



  25. Corporate Front Groups Like OIN and the Linux Foundation Need to Combat Software Patents If They Really Care About Linux

    The absurdity of having groups that claim to defend Linux but in practice defend software patents, if not actively then passively (by refusing to comment on this matter)



  26. Links 9/6/2019: Arrest of Microsoft Peter, Linux 5.2 RC4, Ubuntu Touch Update

    Links for the day



  27. Chapter 8: A Foot in the Door -- How to Train Sympathetic Developers and Infiltrate Other Projects

    How to train sympathetic developers and infiltrate other projects



  28. Chapter 7: Patent War -- Use Low-Quality Patents to Prove That All Software Rips Off Your Company

    Patents in the United States last for 20 years from the time of filing. Prior to 1994, the patent term was 17 years from when the patent was issued.



  29. The Linux Foundation in 2019: Over 100 Million Dollars in Income, But Cannot Maintain Linux.com?

    Today’s Linux Foundation gets about 0.1 billion dollars per year (as explained in our previous post), so why can’t it spend about 0.1% of that money on people who write for and maintain a site that actually promotes GNU/Linux?



  30. Microsoft and Proprietary Software Vendors a Financial Boon for the Linux Foundation, But at What Cost?

    The Linux Foundation is thriving financially, but the sources of income are diversified to the point where the Linux Foundation is actually funded by foes of Linux, defeating the very purpose or direction of such a nonprofit foundation (led by self-serving millionaires who don't use GNU/Linux)


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