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07.17.18

The European Council Needs to Check Battistelli’s Back Room Deals/Back Door/Backchannel With Respect to Christian Archambeau

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:24 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Archambeau and Casado (Team Battistelli) next to Belgium’s Jérôme Debrulle, the alleged special bridge/link/shim between the two

CASDAO with ARCHAMBEAU

Summary: Worries persist that Archambeau is about to become an unworthy beneficiary (nepotism) after a Battistelli setup that put Campinos in power, supported by the Belgian delegation which is connected to Archambeau, a national/citizen of Belgium

IT IS NO secret that Battistelli and António Campinos are close and have been close for many years, not just because they both speak French and are French nationals. Christian Archambeau too is rather close, having worked at the EPO, where he too could speak French (he’s Belgian).

“Practitioners in this domain don’t seem to know that Battistelli might have something to do with Christian Archambeau getting the seat of Battistelli’s successor of choice.”As we noted this morning, there are good reasons to investigate allegations that Archambeau will get his new (prospective) position as part of an elaborate exchange set up by Battistelli and maybe Campinos too. This isn’t how promotions and hirings are supposed to be done, certainly not in the EU. Practitioners in this domain don’t seem to know that Battistelli might have something to do with Christian Archambeau getting the seat of Battistelli’s successor of choice. Maybe they don’t care, either. World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) has just published this article titled “Practitioners share hopes for Campinos’s replacement” and it talks about Brexit:

Christian Archambeau’s succession of António Campinos as executive director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has been well received by practitioners, who hope he will be a “safe pair of hands” amid Brexit turmoil.

The Permanent Representatives Committee, which is responsible for preparing the work of the European Council, voted to recommend Archambeau as executive director on Friday, July 13. His appointment is expected to be formalised in an upcoming meeting of the Council.

What is the aspiration here? Maybe a longterm EPO-(EU)IPO merger? Something with UPC? Who knows, but UPC is almost for certain going nowhere. It’s not progressing. Nevertheless, the pro-UPC IP Kat has just advertised this event which it described as follows: “Seminar programme features talks and discussions on international patent litigation, IP in chemistry, pharma & biotech, EU trade marks and litigation, EU and international designs, IPR enforcement in Europe, computer-implemented inventions, and of course – Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court.”

“Seeing the EU-IPO getting a leader who is himself connected to the EPO and is believed to have been part of a Battistelli ‘setup’ may mean that EU-IPO will be compromised (like ILO-AT and anything else that touches today’s EPO).”The term “computer-implemented inventions” (or CII) just means software patents and the UPC is the fantasy of spreading these “computer-implemented inventions” to every nation in the EU, as we noted this morning.

Team UPC and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) in general have been plagued with abuses and mischief, just like Battistelli with his scandals that at times culminated in crimes (clear violations of the law) and corruption. Seeing the EU-IPO getting a leader who is himself connected to the EPO and is believed to have been part of a Battistelli ‘setup’ may mean that EU-IPO will be compromised (like ILO-AT and anything else that touches today’s EPO). Might Archambeau feel indebted to Battistelli for a promotion? Will he be submissive to his former boss, Campinos, who is now at the EPO owing to Battistelli’s lobbying? The whole thing is deeply problematic for many reasons. It’s like the “cancer” (as EPO insiders refer to it) from the EPO now spreads to another organisation.

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