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04.12.19

New Building as Perfect Metaphor for the EPO Under the Frenchmen Battistelli and Campinos

Posted in Europe, Patents at 8:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

A “Dutch-French architectural cooperation,” according to the EPO (yesterday)

Summary: The EPO is in “propaganda mode” only 9 months after the latest French President took Office; the Office is seen as dishonest, even under the new leadership, which routinely lies to the public and to its own staff

LAST week we began writing about the propagandistic nature of the EPO‘s President António Campinos. Last month he lied to staff about patent quality and this month he lies about staff’s sentiments [1, 2], aided by a ‘study’ he paid for (at the EPO’s expense of course, in essence manufacturing one’s own “support” for bogus claims/hypotheses). It’s another Battistelli. The mask keeps slipping, António. Sort it out please…

“The building received a lot of negative press throughout its construction, which involved serious injuries.”Campinos and his French nationality (which we were first to mention; no other publication had done that) isn’t the main issue, even though it makes Frenchmen dominant in the EPO with 3 French males managing it for 17 years in a two-decade timespan. Is the EPO becoming another INPI (France) little by little? Is examination being deprecated? Or semi-automated, based on pseudoscience or the false assumptions that machines alone can analyse prior art and compose decisions?

French company Valeo was mentioned here before, as recently as days ago in relation to ridiculous claims pertaining to INPI, which Battistelli and many former ‘mates’ came from (Campinos copies this nepotism too). Here they go again with “Valeo Ranks As France’s Leading Patent-Filer For 3rd Year In A Row” (they’re measuring rankings by quantity alone, even where no examination exists, just registration).

INPI and the EPO become more alike; they may seem shiny from the outside, but deep inside it’s all cracks, with a defective building (see video above) that generates massive losses and is years late to complete. But facts don’t matter to the EPO, which has just published this puff piece (warning: epo.org link) that says: “The new premises of the European Patent Office (EPO) in The Hague have been named “Best Tall Office Building” by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), an internationally recognised arbiter on tall buildings.”

Were they too bribed? The EPO has a long history of bribing anything from journalists to academics (more on that in our next post). Battistelli’s abuses include theft, corruption, and worse things. It’s a miracle that he has not been arrested yet.

Remember that old Battistelli tale in relation to the above building? The guy is a maniac. “Construction began in 2014 and four years later,” the EPO wrote yesterday, and “the building was inaugurated in the presence of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. Staff moved into their offices in September and October of 2018, bringing together examiners, lawyers and support teams on one site and in doing so, fostering greater synergies among EPO departments.”

Some of them are unhappy, based on what we were told. Yes, this building is faulty and it poses a risk of fire. There are other issues associated with wind and water pipes. It’s also regarded as a leading environmental disaster in that area. Locals (residents) dislike it; many consider it to be an eyesore.

“It’s a great honour for all of us at the EPO for our new building in The Hague to be crowned “Best Tall Office Building” at the @CTBUH Tall + Urban Innovation Conference,” the EPO tweeted yesterday. Funny how all other aspects have been entirely ignored. The building received a lot of negative press throughout its construction, which involved serious injuries.

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