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European Patent Office a Textbook Example of Lawless, Rogue Institutions

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Jesper Kongstad and Battistelli working together

Summary: The tyrannical nature of the EPO is still being demonstrated by the sad fate of Patrick Corcoran; technical judges at the EPO are feeling intimidated by nontechnical politicians and bankers

ONCE upon a time some blog called “IP Kat” (before it became more like "IP Watchtroll" a.k.a. "Watchtroll" or a mouthpiece of patent trolls) covered scandals at the European Patent Office (EPO). That coverage increased in frequency around December 2014 when Judge Patrick Corcoran got subjected to a ‘raid’ after illegal surveillance on him. Battistelli’s war on judges had taken a turn for the worse. He attacked patent law or patent justice in Europe — something which he is absolutely not allowed to do and ironically this contributed to the death of the UPC he so desperately lobbies for.

A few days ago we mentioned this comment which said that EPO “room allocation shows that Mr. Corcoran has been assigned a working space in our wonderful and modern building. Which is situated in The Hague.”

“If you go there,” someone later responded (the following day, albeit there’s lag due to moderation, i.e. censorship), “you will see also the Welcome Package still there since 2018…”

“The concept of justice at the EPO is farcical at best. It’s where justice if not judges come to die (their career at least).”But “Phonebook” responded some time on Friday and once it made it past moderation a more detailed explanation appeared: “Rumours have it, that the President would cancel the transfer, but cannot do so as long as Mr Corcoran is registered sick leave (as the systems apparently don’t take any changes when “special leaves” are active) [...] And registering being back can only be done in The Hague. The head of inhuman ressources [Bergot] apparently was able create a catch-22 for this kind of situations…”

Rumours have it that the mental toll was so severe that hospitalisation was needed.

The Office joke is that Battistelli and Bergot (and her husband) still control António Campinos (rather than the other way around). Campinos is indebted to Battistelli for giving him this job and he has just turned his ‘boss’ (who never actually bossed either him or Battistelli) into his lapdog. Dmitry Medvedev would be so proud!

The concept of justice at the EPO is farcical at best. It’s where justice if not judges come to die (their career at least).

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