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06.23.19

The EPO Needs a President Who Obeys the Law, Not One Who Obeys Battistelli

Posted in Europe, Law, Patents at 4:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Older: What If Lionel Baranes Was EPO President?

António Campinos and Judge Cuno Tarfusser

Summary: Succession based on nepotism at Europe’s second-largest institution served to shown how inherently broken things had become and why cover-up of injustices is nowadays paramount (not fixing the flaws/ills but merely perpetuating them)

IT wasn’t too long ago that Battistelli rigged the selection/coronation process in favour of António Campinos after Judge Cuno Tarfusser had applied for the job of European Patent Office (EPO) President. Next week Campinos ‘celebrates’ a year in the job. He has been utterly appalling and he has failed to demonstrate respect for the rule of law — the one thing the EPO needed most.

We tried hard not too be so harsh on him, but he turned out to be everything we worried he’d become. He’s just a 'soft' face on dictatorship. Replacing Battistelli with Campinos is a lot like replacing Trump with Pence. It may look OK, but only on the surface. The same policies may persist and no matter how many impeachable scandals preceded (and crimes committed), nobody will be held accountable, definitely not arrested. Battistelli is still ‘in hiding’ at CEIPI and days ago he showed his face again at an EPO event. We hope that like his former boss Nicolas Sarkozy perhaps one day (perhaps a decade late when he’s nearly 80) justice will catch up with him. Because he himself will never catch up with justice. These are sociopaths.

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