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09.20.18

It Wasn’t Judges With Weapons in Their Office, It Was Benoît Battistelli Who Brought Firearms to the European Patent Office (EPO)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 10:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Armed and dangerous

Battistelli with Scud

Summary: The EPO scandals deepen in light of a very major scandal which has occupied the French media for a couple of months

THE delusional, painting-himself-as-the-victim Benoît Battistelli is in some headlines again. He probably would rather not be seen right now, especially in light what he’s in headlines for. Some French media (very large networks) approached us for information; Battistelli’s obsession with violence (like terror attacks) is well documented, even if there’s no history of violence at the EPO. Battistelli is a chronic paranoid, having developed an obsession with bodyguards predating his time at the EPO. The hiring of Alexandre Benalla as his 'hitman' was a mere symptom of it. SUEPO has just taken note of it (at long last), having just linked to this new article in French; there’s hopefully an English translation on its way (SUEPO often produces these for articles after linking to them).

“Battistelli is a chronic paranoid, having developed an obsession with bodyguards predating his time at the EPO.”Much of the discussion about it is in French as well, e.g. “[] ah. Benalla trouve que batistelli est un saint ! [] #benalla conseillé du président de l’OEB sur la sécurité… En fait c’est lui qui a passé entre 7 et 9 mois (il sait plus trop #LOL) a harceler les gens et les syndicats… #woké (cc @zoobab ) [] bon, #benalla a fait la securité a l’ #OEB avant d’etre ches @enmarchefr…”

From the article itself (opening paragraphs):

Les sénateurs auditionnant Alexandre Benalla ce mercredi 19 l’ont notamment interrogé sur son parcours professionnel, et son poste de garde du corps de Benoît Battistelli, président de l’Office européen des brevets de 2010 à 2018.

Alexandre Benalla a dit ainsi n’avoir “jamais parlé à Emmanuel Macron” ou à son directeur de cabinet Alexis Kohler de celui qu’il considère comme un “grand serviteur de l’Etat” qui a “eu d’excellents résultats”. Benoît Battistelli traîne cependant une réputation sulfureuse qu’ont soulignée à demi-mot plusieurs sénateurs.

One EPO observer said: “Benalla war auch Leibwächter von Benoît Battistelli, ex-Präsident beim Europäischen Patentamt mit Hauptsitz in München. Pikantes Detail, Benalla hat dem Senatsausschuss mitgeteilt dass er bei der Ausführung seiner Tätigkeit im Patentamt immer eine Waffe trug! Was geht denn da ab?”

An automatic translation of it: “Benalla was also a bodyguard of Benoît Battistelli, former president of the European Patent Office, headquartered in Munich. Spicy detail, Benalla has told the Senate committee that he always wore a gun in the execution of his work in the Patent office! What’s going on?”

“Judge Corcoran was accused by Battistelli of possessing a ‘weapon’ because at his office he actually kept just ordinary sports equipment (club we’ve presumed) he used for exercise purposes.”So it was Battistelli who brought firearms to the EPO while falsely accusing judges of having weapons in their office. We could never quite confirm that Judge Corcoran was accused by Battistelli of possessing a ‘weapon’ because at his office he actually kept just ordinary sports equipment (club we’ve presumed) he used for exercise purposes. The details about this were always quite vague.

It might be interesting to know if António Campinos kept those bodyguards and, if so, how many of them and whether Bergot also gets a pair. If anyone out there has details regarding this matter, please get in touch…

From the point of view of patent quality (our main focus all these years), Campinos has been an utter disaster. They’re organising pro-software patents events and keep promoting this agenda dozens of times per week. It was done about 4 times yesterday (it’s increasing in frequency over time) and such devaluation of European Patents (‘diluting’ whatever value they once had) will deepen the cuts. There are already layoffs in effect, but the media refuses to write about these because the EPO does not publicly acknowledge that.

“There are already layoffs in effect, but the media refuses to write about these because the EPO does not publicly acknowledge that.”Ellie Mertens, writing from New York for a publication that helped Battistell promote the UPC, speaks of “Managing IP’s Life Sciences Forum,” i.e. another think tank (yet another one!) of the litigation ‘industry’, i.e. firms whose contribution is ruinous at best. Notice how sites like these (IAM, Managing IP, IP Kat) totally and very much by intention ceased covering EPO scandals. It’s not because these scandals ended; it’s all about their agenda and the changing roles at these sites.

In the next post we’ll deal with UPC. Moments ago the thought-provoking image below was published.

EPOgate
“Battistelli is only the tip of the iceberg (EPOgate)” (Source)

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