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07.26.20

No Real Holiday in EPOnia (‘Island’ of the European Patent Office)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 1:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: These are stressful times for EPO workers, especially because of work insecurity amid impending credit crunch; the top-level management — mostly professionally-incompetent people — is gutting the institution and they know it (they just don’t care; they milk the institution for what’s left of it)

THE EPO will be getting a lot worse with COVID as the excuse. Will the EC excuse António Campinos to cover up for Benoît Battistelli? Time will tell…

“Most EPO workers read this site regularly.”In past years we published a number of articles about Battistelli, hiding behind religious hats, taking away from staff their long-secured public holidays. What happens this summer? Well, guess what… it’s COVID time. Maybe some workers will get to visit their home country (subject to quarantines strictly enforced with surveillance). Time at the beach? Not likely. Besides, who can actually relax in one, knowing that the quotas and targets are being raised while staff is being removed, salaries lowered and various work benefits (including pensions) being evaporated.

Our hope if not our dream is that the EC will wake up (Mr. Breton will not initiate a suitable response) and do something, fast. Save the EPO. The current management is killing it while pretending to protect lives (political manipulations of the COVID-19 crisis). The month of August is starting this week, the football here in England has just ended (same elsewhere in Europe) and we wish EPO examiners some well-earned time off. As always, we welcome leaks and tips; that’s the lifeline of all our reporting here. The more we know, the more accurately and extensively we can report. Most EPO workers read this site regularly. Media parrots of their managers (bullying & lying bosses) aren’t worth a dime.

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