EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

11.11.19

SUEPO Protests Against Management of the European Patent Office Brought Back Discussions About Corruption

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Patents at 1:36 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Video credit: SUEPO

Summary: The atmosphere at the second-largest institution in Europe has long been toxic; now it is becoming a lot more visible again and comments highlight the reasons for the cover-up (gross misuse of billions of euros)

LAST week was a very busy week that culminated in televised protest against António Campinos, whose policies have been no better than Battistelli‘s. No calm will be restored by such liars. They fool nobody!

“Well done to SUEPO; the protests (two of them in two sites and two weeks apart) got some people talking again about these issues.”Thanks to SUEPO, both in Munich and in Dutch territories (where Mr. Prunier had been made a scapegoat before Campinos came), it’s now perfectly clear to EPO management that the protests are back. The Campinos Delusion didn’t last long. Are delegates (Administrative Council) paying attention? Or are they too busy counting the money they’ve received from the EPO’s coffers, where staff is being gradually robbed while ‘reassured’ by the European Patent Office (EPO)’s Mercer ‘study’ — conducted by a Donald Trump associate with notorious reputation for various real reasons other than the Trump connection?

“Nowadays fake news are not only to be seen in politics, just look over the Atlantic, but one can see them creeping up in an international organisation, but here one wonders to the benefit of whom. The new financial study is just a big fake!”

So said “A friend of the EPO” during the weekend, in this new comment which we’ve annotated with a digital marker below.

It is sad to see the EPO be run into the wall under the “guidance” of pseudo-managers who consider the EPO as the playground of their desire for power by which they try to hide their disgraceful inability.

Nowadays fake news are not only to be seen in politics, just look over the Atlantic, but one can see them creeping up in an international organisation, but here one wonders to the benefit of whom. The new financial study is just a big fake!

By his latest actions, and by keeping in place the most disgraceful minions as well as the staff policy introduced by his predecessor, the actual president has abundantly shown that he has no interest whatsoever in social peace, and he is only there to continue the deconstruction of the EPO started by his predecessor.

It would be interesting to see the contract signed by the past two presidents in order to see how much money they can expect when behaving like an elephant in a porcelain shop.

The next comment spoke of a “conspiracy between those Members and the President can deliver a delightful flow of real money, out of the EPO and into the coffers of the AC Members. In a national organisation there would be a level of legal supervision, transparency, the Rule of Law.”

This is a very major scandal and possibly fraud. Are European officials paying attention? No, instead they're blocking EPO staff. Stay classy, Elżbieta Bieńkowska…

We’ve heard some positive feedback (even from EPO insiders) about our recent coverage of EPO affairs. We receive feedback not only from insiders; stakeholders (attorneys, applicants etc.) are also impacted and they’re not happy. See what goes on with Mrs. AstraZeneca (oh, sorry, I mean Dr. AstraZeneca) over at IP Kat comments. She was being clobbered for UPC spin/lies, connected to the likes of CIPA. Team UPC is, as usual, unable to even argue for its position (defending lies).

A patent attorney, who typically comments in IP Kat, said that s/he has “been watching the EPO for more than 40 years” (a clue about age/seniority level) and the comment as a whole contains some astounding parts, highlighted below. “MaxDrei” said:

As our Friend of the EPO recommends, follow the money. We would if we could but we can’t. And why’s that? Because the former President has helped the members of the Administrative Council of the EPO to see how a conspiracy between those Members and the President can deliver a delightful flow of real money, out of the EPO and into the coffers of the AC Members. In a national organisation there would be a level of legal supervision, transparency, the Rule of Law. But in an international organisation there are no such controls.

https://www.programmableweb.com/news/google-cardboard-now-open-source/brief/2019/11/07If the organisation in question operates in the world of sport, there is public interest. So then there are investigative journalists, whistle-blowers, and lurid headlines in newspapers. No such things worry EPO President and his enablers on the AC though. Not enough public interest to make them even mildly nervous.

Even the users of the EPO couldn’t care less. That’s because they are big corporations (who have more important matters on their minds) and their faithful servants the patent attorneys. They, more than anybody, know who butters their parsnips: their clients, not the taxpayer or the EPO. So they remain knowingly complicit in a swindle, an outrage against transparency, employee rights and the Rule of Law.

The outcome of all this? The AC Members, the President, and those within the EPO who serve them continue to be blithely insouciant.

Like Joni Mitchell warned us: You only know what you’ve got when it’s gone. It’s the things that change so slowly (like the climate) that are hardest to see disappearing. I’ve been watching the EPO for more than 40 years. Until recently, it was something to be admired. But under its immediate past President, it lost a lot. Many had high hopes that the coming into office of the current President could arrest the downward path. What is it that explains his failure? Is he powerless against the AC? Is he too blind to see? Or is he yet another with his snout in the money trough, using his term of office to line his own pockets?

In the past, the UK Member on the AC might have helped the cause. But can you expect that these days, under Prime Minister Johnson.

An election is a month away; need we remind readers that this man’s brother (yes, nepotism) quit his UPC-centric role twice in a couple of years?

The next comment reaffirms suspicions of EPO misconduct; is the EPO defrauding the European public?

Corruption is like cancer cells if you look for it, you will find some. At EPO follow the money fine but how?

As you know with a yearly budget of two billion euros and no genuine checks and balances the EPO is immune to corruption. Surely to increase independency, Battistelli managed to have the administrative council selecting one of his former employees at INPI Paris as one of the three “external auditors” see http://techrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/epo-people.pdf

This «independent» auditor is still active today. Imagine one sec that a whistleblower reports where to look to find malpractice, what do you think would happen?

For instance, technically it is possible today for ex-top managers having left the EPO to cash EPO funds via consultancy companies created – not under their name obviously. To determine if this is the case, you need a truly independent structure allowed to check everywhere in details (the German did such check years ago with the Deutsche Bahn and guess what, they found corruption).

Another interesting study case: the two married principal directors recruited by Battistelli and who under Campinos are running the EPO recently benefited from a change of title. (Wrongly?) informed top managers report in the corridors that this would have been done to allow a discreet increase of their far too low principal directors’ salaries and bring them at the level of what is foreseen for vice presidents.

With Battistelli’s reforms, transparency and safeguards were removed to allow for discretionary decisions by and for those in charge. Before the reforms, a title was linked to a precise grade and the salary scale for this position clearly defined. Now it’s Christmas all year long with for the happy-few double-steps, functional allowances, bonus you name it. This can be of course a naughty rumour but concretely how to ascertain this is not the case?

Battistelli brought to the EPO the absolute worst of french unhealthy practices and unfortunately, Campinos seems happy with it, as are Germany and the Netherlands as host states, as well as all member states which collect millions of euros of EPO money each year.

Techrights is cited in there, but it’s a SUEPO document.

Well done to SUEPO; the protests (two of them in two sites and two weeks apart) got some people talking again about these issues. As we showed last week (on Thursday morning and afternoon), the EPO’s management went out of its way to create ‘noise’ and distraction in the media. It was only partly successful. IAM repeated its EPO lies yesterday; yes, on a Sunday! It’s that so-called ‘study’ (“SMEs”) and not a word was said about EPO protests! Nothing!!

Here’s what IAM wrote yesterday:

Study released by the European Patent Office sheds light on the growing sophistication of smaller businesses seeking protection for their inventions.

And that’s it! Typical IAM, the copy-paste machine of the EPO. “Follow the money…”

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Ask
  • Digg
  • Mixx
  • Slashdot
  • StumbleUpon
  • Alltagz
  • BarraPunto
  • blinkbits
  • BlinkList
  • Bloglines
  • blogmarks
  • BlogMemes
  • Fark
  • Gwar
  • Klickts

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. There's a Lot More to Race and Racism Than Colours (and Names of Colours)

    The push towards speech restrictions is being framed as tolerant people against bigots; in practice, however, there are salient points and angles that media chooses to overlook



  2. Commissioner Thierry Breton, Acting Like a Patent Maximalists' 'Mole' (as Expected All Along), is Now Formally Lying for Team UPC

    The rogue Commissioner who was put there by people in positions of power (to perpetuate their power) is doing exactly what we'd expect from officials who work against the people (like a force of occupation rather than service, as in public service)



  3. The Web is Drying Up, Journalism is Coming to an End

    There's not much of value left in the World Wide Web as a source of news; people's minds are preoccupied with meaningless divisive wars and misinformation spreads rapidly, giving rise to more widespread censorship (in the name of 'protecting' us)



  4. EPO Management Has Hunted Down Journalists and Killed Journalism

    Buying, controlling and even censoring the media isn't that hard when you gather billions of euros from stakeholders (who have nowhere else to go because you have a monopoly in Europe) and enjoy zero oversight/regulatory assessments



  5. [Meme] Reminder: EPO Management Failed to Provide Staff With Facial Masks (as Advised/Required by Law)

    The health of staff of the European Patent Office (EPO) is still at risk; EPO management only cares about patents, not patients (monopolies, not people)



  6. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

    IRC logs for Wednesday, July 15, 2020



  7. Links 16/7/2020: FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report, LibreOffice Has Plans, FSF Warns Against 'Online' Voting

    Links for the day



  8. Links 15/7/2020: New PinePhone, GCC 10.2 Release Candidate

    Links for the day



  9. [Humour/Meme] Stop Shaming Free Software Geeks Over What They Wear While They're Coding and Testing

    The corporate media repeatedly shamed Linus Torvalds because he's not wearing a suit and sometimes works in a bathrobe instead; this is the sort of ‘cancel culture’ psyche that looks to remove geniuses and achievers (Torvalds made Linux and Git) based on dumb assertions and superficialities



  10. Free Software as a Tree (It's Hard to Cut Off the Roots)

    Free software is extremely difficult to ban or to eradicate; it's almost inevitable that, by one route or another, 'world domination' will be attained in many sectors



  11. Censorship is for Pussies

    The attempts to remove words that aren’t in any way racist (or even suggestive of racism) are misguided at best; they don’t solve actual problems, but they pretend to be making people feel good (like the activists who push for it; that gives them as sense of power and morality)



  12. Twitter in 2020 is Where Information Comes to Die or to be Corrupted

    Twisting words, lying about the cited articles, declaring people dead (who are still alive!) are just some among the many reasons to quit Twitter and not bother with that noise machine (except maybe in a write-only fashion, copying from elsewhere and never receiving (mis)information from tweets)



  13. Mr. Lovenstein-Derived Joke about Microsoft's WSL (an Attack on GNU/Linux)

    Mr. Lovenstein's cartoon (or someone's modified version of it) about WSL/WSL2 sort of nails it (credit MinceR for the pointer)



  14. [Humour/Meme] Code of Conduct and Language Wars: Another Tool by Which to Oust Community Voices and Poor/Opinionated People of Colour (Because War Must Go On)

    The coup against GNU/Linux isn’t hard to see; Intel and Microsoft viciously attacked poor people in Africa (because they had adopted GNU/Linux) and now they get a say on who to kick out from Linux (based on entirely nontechnical things, including cultural differences)



  15. Links 15/7/2020: Deepin OS Expansion, openSUSE Board Non-Confidence Vote

    Links for the day



  16. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, July 14, 2020

    IRC logs for Tuesday, July 14, 2020



  17. Twist and Turn, Show Us Your Face

    A little poem about digital privacy



  18. The Race to the Bottom of Tech Rights

    Tech rights (not to be confused with Techrights the site) are going down the drain; people are made complicit using fear tactics, having been told a lot of lies about so-called contact-tracing borderline pseudoscience



  19. [Humour/Meme] OIN Wants Us to Make Peace With Software Patents

    The way things stand, OIN is really not interested in solving the patent problem the Free software way; rather, it's looking to impose its own way on the Free software community



  20. The Last Thing Open Invention Network (OIN) Needs Right Now is Public Association With a Patent Trolls' and Software Patents' Propaganda Site

    The Open Invention Network (OIN) seems to be choosing rather odd platforms; the above publisher, a judge-bashing software patents extremist, cannot possibly improve OIN's image (by association)



  21. The EPO's Misleading 'Studies' Are Just More of the Same Perception Management Routines

    EPO management pays sites to publish a bunch of EPO-controlled propaganda; and we've meanwhile noticed that almost everyone in the press team of the EPO has left (to be replaced by the President's confidant)



  22. Links 14/7/2020: More Laptop Models With GNU/Linux and WordPress 5.5 Beta 2 is Out

    Links for the day



  23. Microsoft Has Not Changed at All (Only the Shallow Marketing and Control of What's Left of the Media Has Changed)

    Microsoft wants everybody to come closer so that everybody can be crushed; the tactics are largely the same



  24. The Founder of Black Duck Still Works for Microsoft

    Black Duck‘s founder, Doug Levin from Microsoft, isn’t doing a terrific job hiding his real loyalties and ‘masters’



  25. IRC Proceedings: Monday, July 13, 2020

    IRC logs for Monday, July 13, 2020



  26. Links 14/7/2020: Claws Mail 3.17.6 and RSS Guard 3.7.0 Released

    Links for the day



  27. Microsoft Has Put the String “0xBIGBOOBS” Inside Linux (Kernel Driver for Microsoft's Windows-Only Proprietary Software, Formerly a GPL Violation); Reddit (Condé Nast) Bans You For Mentioning Such Things

    In this increasingly crazy atmosphere of mass sanctioning and permanent banning (removing everything or everyone that's perceived to be impolite) even "Linux" forums are banning people who point out Microsoft being a rogue corporation that's attacking GNU/Linux



  28. There's Apparently a New Boss (or Policy) at Red Hat/IBM

    The Fedora project doesn’t seem to care much about free speech, no matter one’s seniority in the project; as the person who relayed it to us has just put it, “they even eat their own.” (Longtime contributors) “He’s not a troll. He’s a contributor who rubbed some people the wrong way and now the banhammer is coming out. Fedora KDE was already collapsing and now it finally will.” (Note: Rex Dieter leads or led this project)



  29. There Cannot be Software Freedom Without Free Speech (Which is Nowadays Being Wrongly and Creatively Conflated With Racism)

    The time to speak out in favour of free speech is now; because the next phase typically involves removal (to be sold as "voluntary") of people whose political views are seen as professionally inadequate (recall what they did to Richard Stallman last September)



  30. [Humour/Meme] 'Offensive' Jokes

    Even humour itself is under attack now; people who cannot take/tolerate cartoons and banter are targeting the stand-up comedians, the cartoonists and so on


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts