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12.08.17

SUEPO Announces Protest, EPO Distracts From the Scandal, and Readers Spill the Beans

Posted in Europe, Patents at 3:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

A letter to VP5 (Lutz) made the EPO go ballistic 4.5 years ago

A letter to VP5

EPO management mockery

Summary: Readers have sent some additional details regarding the EPO “backstory” that we wrote about this morning

THE EPO is trying to distract (again) from an unprecedented and historic Boards of Appeal scandal that can doom EPO management. Here is what the EPO PR account wrote some hours ago: “Are you interested in applying for the judicial internships at the Boards of Appeal? These are the requirements…”

“Notice/text in German about next week’s protest was posted under the “Munich” section.”The EPO wrote something similar when ILO delivered a truly embarrassing decision regarding Judge Corcoran from the Boards of Appeal.

Understandably — and quite frankly predictably — following the EPO’s refusal (yet again) to obey court orders SUEPO made another call for protest. It’s all in German and it says “Wir versammeln uns am 13.12.2017, um 12.30, vor dem Isar Gebäude um dort für unsere GRUNDRECHTE zu demonstrieren!”

The key point is the date and time (numerics above). SUEPO published this earlier today (apparently this evening/afternoon). Staff is very angry over in Munich and elsewhere, but the above targets Munich staff specifically (this is where Judge Corcoran is based). Notice/text in German about next week’s protest was posted under the “Munich” section.

“Some interesting details about the internal goings-on at the EPO during 2013 have recently come to light from insider sources,” one reader told us. “During 2013 a large amount of material critical of the upper management was circulating internally at the EPO. It seems that Battistelli’s infamous Investigative Unit was set up to investigate and suppress the distribution of such material.”

“During 2013 a large amount of material critical of the upper management was circulating internally at the EPO.”
      –Anonymous
Well, Streisand Effect sucks, doesn’t it? We now have that material, which we deem important enough to publish in order to present context for the crackdown on Judge Corcoran (who almost definitely had nothing whatsoever to do with the letter).

A sample of this material which was sent to the Vice-President of DG5 (Raimund Lutz) in June 2013 is shown above. The envelope addressed to VP5 contained a photo of the EPO senior management team with a series of sarcastic captions.

The photo shows the following individuals (from left to right):

1. Alberto Casado (at the time VP2, now VP1)
Caption: Der spanische Trottel
(“The Spanish idiot”)

2. Raimund Lutz (VP5)
Caption: “Der Nazi-Offizier – Nazi-Abteilung”
(“The Nazi Officer – Nazi Department”)

3. Benoît Battistelli (President)
Caption: “Le Roi Soleil – L’OEB c’est moi”)
(“The Sun King – I am the EPO”)

4. Željko Topić (VP4)
Caption: “Der Autodieb”
(“The car thief”)

5. Guillaume “Willie” Minnoye (at the time VP1, now retired)
Caption: “Der grobe belgische Bauer”
(“The uncouth Belgian peasant”)

6. Wim van der Eijk (at the time VP3, now legal member of the Boards of Appeal)
Caption: “Der Ja Sager”
(“The Yes-Man”)

Battistelli’s “Nazi”-fixation seems to come from this kind of material which depicted Lutz, the Vice-President in charge of legal matters, in very unflattering terms as a “Nazi Officer” in charge of the “Nazi Department”. By some kind of weird projection mechanism it seems that Battistelli decided to take revenge on his perceived enemies inside the EPO by smearing them as “Nazis”.

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