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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.

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