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04.25.18

Battistelli Misuses EPO Budget to Saturate the European Media With Puff Pieces About His Event

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:57 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Saint-Germain-en-Laye event

Summary: The latest examples of ‘synthetic’ coverage or fluff about Battistelli’s expensive event that he cryptically and mysteriously chose to have at his other workplace in Saint-Germain-en-Laye

THE EPO is in effect bribing the media, more so nowadays than ever before. It’s nothing entirely new however. Years ago we showed that the EPO had been paying IAM though PR firms.

EPO management deserves an “inventor of the year” award. It would be awarded for inventing ways to distract from scandals/abuses/corruption and silencing the media. It works! Well done, Mr. Battistelli! But at whose expense? And at what cost to society? It corrupts the fourth estate.

“EPO management deserves an “inventor of the year” award. It would be awarded for inventing ways to distract from scandals/abuses/corruption and silencing the media.”Last year we wrote about Microsoft-EPO connections in relation to software patents; years prior to that we showed other EPO scandals that were associated with Microsoft. Some EPO applicants find themselves having to become Microsoft customers just to be able to interact with the EPO. How abusive is this compared to more blatant examples of abuse?

Earlier this week we saw this Microsoft person named as European Inventor Award 2018 finalist. We were rather disgusted today just seeing the EPO puff pieces and press releases with the usual Battistelli quotes (it’s all about him, as usual). Yes, the usual Battistelli quotes (it’s all about him) are embedded in virtually all these pieces, e.g. this one: (maybe ghostwritten/PR-driven)

“Sans Takeuchi’s innovative work on energy storage and power sources is enabling life-saving technologies that benefit millions of heart-failure patients,” EPO President Benoît Battistelli said in a statement announcing the finalists.

Then there’s the Irish media [1, 2, 3], which might be working with the EPO’s PR agency in the UK. They’ve just hired one (again).

“Campinos’ EU organisation also helps promote the event of Battistelli — the near-literal heist that happens 3 weeks before Campinos takes Battistelli’s job (that he set up for him).”The EPO’s management — using money it habitually misuses — has co-opted the British Science Museum and other institutions in order to help promote Battistelli’s agenda. See these tweets from Roger Highfield [1, 2] and the posts these link to. Here’s an example from other institutions (indirect, but there are also direct examples).

This is not normal. It’s not like these institutions just search for some press releases and then decide to write about them. They work in coordination with (hand in glove) the EPO’s PR staff and external PR agencies. It’s all manufactured, it’s faked, it’s paid for.

“This often explains why particular publishers are so unwilling to cover serious cases of law-breaking, corruption, and so on.”Campinos’ EU organisation also helps promote the event of Battistelli — the near-literal heist that happens 3 weeks before Campinos takes Battistelli's job (that he set up for him). Some more retweets [1, 2] and originals from today follow that same pattern.

One of the key issues we’ve highlighted for over 3 years is that the EPO exploits cash repositories to buy positive publicity and create a financial dependence for publishers. This often explains why particular publishers are so unwilling to cover serious cases of law-breaking, corruption, and so on.

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