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07.10.18

Signs of Upcoming Changes at EPO: Raimund Lutz, Željko Topić and Other ‘Team Battistelli’ Folks Are Being Replaced

Posted in Europe, Patents at 2:02 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Vice-Presidents of DG1, DG4 and DG5 are being replaced just over a week after the Campinos tenure began (decisions actually made last week); Might this suggest the imminent implosion of so-called ‘Team Battistelli’?

THE EPO scandals aren’t over; yesterday we wrote that actions from António Campinos were needed, not just words.

“What is going on? There is definitely something going on, but the public — stakeholders included — isn’t being informed.”A few weeks ago some lady said that the EPO had halted recruitment of ongoing applicants (job applications), even successful ones. HR scandal? Some sources told us that there are internal messages to that effect, insinuating if not reaffirming a long-rumoured hiring freeze which may or may not signal potential layoffs to come (15% is the number we’ve heard).

What is going on? There is definitely something going on, but the public — stakeholders included — isn’t being informed. Not fully and properly anyway…

Is the new EPO President, Mr. Campinos, deleting comments? See comment #3 here. To quote:

A couple of days ago, I posted a congratulatory and encouraging message to the comments box of the EPO President’s blog. Till now though, the Blog continues to report “No comments”.

Can anybody here give me any reassurance, that my message will one day appear?

Readers, what do you think? Am I wasting my time, posting comments to the Campinos Blog? Perhaps comments to it, that are not obsequious enough for the blog-keepers, struggle to get through to publication? Perhaps to comment you anyway have to be an EPO employee?

Who knows? Other than (of course) Mr Campinos and his innermost circle? Meanwhile, what’s the point of engaging, I ask myself?

As of 8AM today, still “No comments”. Here:

No comments for EPO

As per Kluwer Patent Blog’s new policy (albeit it seems too quick), no more comments are allowed there either.

“Interested outsider” then wrote the last comment (before Kluwer Patent Blog closed the form). It said this: “Do EPO insiders think that yesterday’s job adverts for new VPs for DG1, DG4 and DG5 are a hopeful start to the new president signalling a change of approach? Has there been any news internally about similar changes at the top of the HR function?”

They refer to the spouse, Bergot.

So we looked at the Jobs sections of the EPO’s Web site and immediately found the news (screenshot below). Hope at last?

Some people believe that Ernst will pursue Lutz’s position, with old comments like this: “Grandeur et décadence at EPO and this thanks to the active support of Dr C. Ernst (the rumour has it he will soon go after VP5’s position. Faites vos jeux).”

Or this: “many insiders say, [Ernst] will run for the position of VP5 which will soon be vacant?”

The DG1 vacancy was actually advertised (initially) 5 days ago; it’s a 5-year tenture/position. Alberto Casado has occupied this position for only one year (warning: epo.org link) and we last mentioned him yesterday in relation to the UPC and UIMP (which had made his 'master', Battistelli, a 'fake doctor').

EPO replacing VPs

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  1. Johnnny said,

    July 11, 2018 at 3:47 am

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    Actually, we have known for years that these 3 vice-presidents would be replaced at the end of 2018, as their contracts were running out at that date. Your interpretation is not quite correct: they are not changed because of the scandals, the system was designed so that the new 2018 president could chose new vice-presidents to support him and his policies, whatever these would be.
    The real problem in the EPO is therefore a problem of governance: there is no administrative continuity and little transition between the old and the new presidents and the new president again gets absolute power over the organisation.

    In the original design of the EPC, the idea was that vice-presidents would be mandated by the administrative council and would counter-balance the powers of the president. That idea does not work when the president gets to choose them personally.

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