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01.21.19

A Fortnight After His Diplomatic Immunity Ends Outgoing EPO Vice-President Željko Topić is in Court in Zagreb, Croatia

Posted in Courtroom, Europe, Patents at 3:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Last month: EPO Vice-President Željko Topić in New Article About Corruption in Croatia

Kuterovac Topić WIPO 2010

Summary: Court minutes for a Željko Topić case heard 5 days ago

THE case of Željko Topić is well known within the European patent sphere. We’ve been covering it since 2014. As European Patent Office (EPO) Vice-President, for example, Željko Topić played a major role in crushing staff. Prior to that he had done many bad things in Croatia. Why did Battistelli bring him to the EPO in the first place?

We’ve managed to get court minutes (in Croatian and in English) for the first court appearance for a Željko Topić case, which took place on January 16th, 2019, after 8 years of silence from the court. The judge indicated that, because Vesna Stilin had provided a lot of documentation, he plans to make a final decision on April 8th, 2019.

Here it is in English:

REPUBLIC OF CROATIA

MUNICIPAL CIVIL COURT IN ZAGREB

10000 ZAGREB – Ul. grada ​​Vukovara 84

Mailbox 303

Case Number: 48 Pn-532 / 11-20

Minutes

from January 16, 2019

on the main hearing at the Municipal Civil Court in Zagreb

Presiding Judge: Joško Jurišić

Prosecutor-Counter-Defendant: Željko Topić

Defendant-Counter-Prosecutor: Vesna Stilin

Referee: Mateja Golemović

Regarding: compensation for damages

 

The judge begins the main hearing at 9.00 am and announces the subject of the hearing. The discussion is public.

 

It is established that the following have attended:

For the Prosecutor-Counter-Defendant: Imon Choudhury, Attorney in the Attorney’s Office of Mladen Prka

For the Defendant-Counter-Prosecutor: Personally

 

The prosecutor remains in the lawsuit and the allegations made so far.

The defendant remains in response to the lawsuit and the allegations made so far and the counter-lawsuit.

 

It is established that the filing of the case of the Prosecutor-Counter-Defendant dated 28.11.2018 was received in the file, a copy was sent to the Defendant-Counter-Prosecutor.

 

It is established that the Defendant-Counter-Prosecutor files a submission, of which a copy is delivered to the Prosecutor-Counter -Defendant’s representative.

 

The Prosecutor-Counter-Defendant’s representative, and also for the purpose of expediting the proceedings, proposes to withdraw or renounce his lawsuit and not claim any compensation for these civil proceedings, and proposes to do the same regarding the Defendant-Counter-Prosecutor with her counter-lawsuit.

 

Regarding the question of the court, the Defendant-Counter-Prosecutor states that she does not agree to such a proposal of the Prosecutor-Counter-Defendant. And she doesn’t want her counter-lawsuit to be withdrawn or renounced but wants to obtain a meritorious decision.

 

The Prosecutor-Counter-Defendant’s representative requests a shorter deadline for the response to the present-day submission by the Defendant-Counter-Prosecutor.

 

The court brings the following:

Decision

The Defendant-Counter-Prosecutor is requested to specify her petit in the counter-lawsuit from 4.3. 2011 and provides a 30-day deadline for the Prosecutor-Counter-Defendant’s representatives to respond to today’s submission of the Defendant-Counter-Prosecutor, for which the present hearing is postponed and the next hearing is scheduled for:

 

April 8, 2019 at 9.00 am

 

the present parties are aware of this and are required to attend without a special invitation.

Completed: 9.09

 

Recorder Judge Parties

Here is the original in Croatian:

REPUBLIKA HRVATSKA

OPĆINSKI GRAĐANSKI SUD U ZAGREBU

10000 ZAGREB — Ul. grada Vukovara 84

Poštanski pretinac 303

Poslovni broj: 48 Pn-532/11-20

Zapisnik

od 16. siječnja 2019. godine

o održanoj glavnoj raspravi kod Općinskog građanskog suda u Zagrebu Prisutni od suda:

Joško Jurišić Tužitelj-protutuženik: Željko Topić

Sudac

Tuženica-protutužiteljica: Vesna Stilin

Mateja Golemović

zapisničar Radi: naknade štete

Sudac započinje glavnu raspravu u 9,00 sati, i objavljuje predmet raspravljanja. Rasprava je javna.

Utvrđuje se da su pristupili:

Za tužitelja-protutuženika: Imon Choudhury, odvjetnik u zamjenu za odvjetnika Mladena Prku Za tuženicu-protutužiteljicu: Osobno

Tužitelj ostaje kod tužbe i dosadašnjih navoda.

Tužena ostaje kod odgovora na tužbu i dosadašnjih navoda te kod protutužbenog zahtjeva.

Utvrđuje se da je u spis zaprimljen podnesak tužitelja-protutuženika od 28.11.2018., primjerak dostavljen tuženici-protutužiteljici.

Utvrđuje se da tuženica-protutužiteljica predaje u spis podnesak, od čega se primjerak uručuje punomoćniku tužitelja-protutuženika.

Punomoćnik tužitelja-protutuženika, a vezano i u svrhu što bržeg okončanja postupka, predlaže da on povuče svoj tužbeni zahtjev ili se odrekne od tužbenog zahtjeva te ne potražuje nikakve troškove pamičnog postupka, a da isto to napravi i tužena-protutužiteljica sa svojim protutužbenim zahtjevom.

Na upit suda, tužena-protutužiteljica ističe da na ovakav prijedlog tužitelja-protutuženika ne pristaje, odnosno ne želi svoj protutužbeni zahtjev povlačiti niti se od istog odricati, već želi donošenje meritorne odluke.

Pun. tužitelja-protutuženika moli kraći rok radi očitovanja na danas zaprimljeni podnesak tužene­protutužiteljice.

Sud donosi

Nalaže se tuženici-protutužiteljici da svoj protutužbeni zahtjev od 4.3.2011. u petitu specificira te se punomoćniku tužitelja-protutuženika podjeljuje rok od 30 dana radi očitovanja na danas zaprimljeni podnesak tužene-protutužiteljice, radi čega se današnje ročište odgađa, a slijedeće zakazuje za dan:

8. travnja 2019. godine u 9,00 sati

što prisutni primaju na znanje, i obvezuju se pristupiti bez posebnog poziva.

Dovršeno: 9,09

Zapisničar Sudac Stranke

 

EPO immunity sure helped Željko Topić, who often failed to even attend court hearings (we covered this before). Will justice be served less than one decade late?

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