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01.10.18

The European Parliament JURI Mission to Munich Looks Like Complicity With EPO Abuses

Posted in Europe, Patents at 7:56 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Programme: Local [PDF] | Original [PDF]

Briefing: Local [PDF] | Original [PDF]

Report: Local [PDF] | Original [PDF]

EP and EPO

Summary: A look at newly-released documents from the Committee on Legal Affairs shows a rather disturbing cooperation if not collusion with a highly abusive tyrant

A LITTLE birdie whispered in our ears, noting that the documents above have been made public. The EPO‘s relationship with the EC/EP/EU comes across as complicity; it’s not looking good.

Mind the dates; the way we interpret this data, the European Parliament mission to the EPO was only published 2.5 years later (in December 2017). The programme and report are outlined as follows: “The Committee on Legal Affairs sent a delegation of three Members to Munich on 4-5 May 2015. The Members met with the representatives of the European Patent Office in order to discuss the state of play of the patent package, in particular the cost of the unitary patent.”

“It looks like in order for the UPC agenda to be pushed they were willing to accept Battistelli’s many abuses. TTIP is mentioned there too.”UPC. What we see there is Margot Fröhlinger pushing UPC agenda. “During the course of the morning session, the delegation was welcomed by the EPO’s president, Mr. Benoît Battistelli.” In their own words. It looks like in order for the UPC agenda to be pushed they were willing to accept Battistelli’s many abuses. TTIP is mentioned there too.

So, uploaded earlier this month or last month were all these documents that could probably be made public a long time ago. How come? Were they trying to protect some nefarious agenda? Does transparency come with time constraints? Does it take almost 3 years to process just half a dozen pages? We have made local copies just in case the above expire (or get removed, which is inevitable one day).

The “Committee on Legal Affairs” they call themselves. How about looking into legal abuses of Battistelli? Not important enough? How about constitutional issues associated with UPC?

“How about looking into legal abuses of Battistelli? Not important enough? How about constitutional issues associated with UPC?”While the EC/EP/EU (or the Committee on Legal Affairs) looked the other way more EPO staff committed suicide and the institution became synonymous with lawlessness. Where were these ‘public’ servants when that happened?

Battistelli, as noted in this article from today, further shields his nepotist succession plan so that his mates will continue to control the EPO long after he’s gone. As someone put it:

The European Patent Office (EPO) has completed an internal reorganisation, including the merger of two former Directorates General (DG), which it claims will “enhance the efficiency of its patenting process”.

The new DG 1 merges the old DG 1 Operations and DG 2 Operational Support under the umbrella of DG 1 Patent Granting Process

According to the EPO, the merge will integrate support staff with teams of patent examiners to “reduce hand-over points”, where patent applications are passed between operation units.

The office also plans to create new specialised directorates to deal with opposition procedures.

They conveniently neglect to say that these are promotions of Battistelli’s cabal, disguised as ‘reorg’ which professionals warned against. It’ll only accelerate the demise of the EPO.

“Amid very serious brain drain rest assured that the world’s ‘best’ patent office will allow people with only days or weeks of experience to assess files, raising both confidentiality and professionalism questions.”Once upon a time the EPO attracted Europe’s brightest scientists, but hours ago the EPO announced these vacancies (warning: epo.org link). Jobs? Of course not! Just internships, merely one week after all EPO workers lost their permanent work contract (it’s now time-limited and conditional). The EPO wrote: “A unique possibility for professional representatives to spend three weeks as interns in our Directorate-General Patent Granting Process, work on actual case files and run prior-art searches. Apply for the Praktika Intern programme here…”

Amid very serious brain drain rest assured that the world’s ‘best’ patent office will allow people with only days or weeks of experience to assess files, raising both confidentiality and professionalism questions.

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