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Inside the EPO During Corona: António Campinos Running Europe’s Monopolies-Granting Monopoly Like a Shop With Essentials While Crushing Those Who ‘Stock the Shelves’

Posted in Europe, Patents at 2:23 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

He didn’t come from a patents background; he doesn’t know what the heck he’s doing

António Campinos patents cash

Summary: The EPO’s very own ‘Orange Dictator’ (who isn’t leaving the helm in January 2021) has been weaponising the deadly virus to undermine the election process and crush not only constituents (staff) but also their local representatives

THE patients in Europe rapidly grow in number, but who cares, right? More patents. MOAR and MOAR patents, everybody!

Patents are like food and medicine. If EPO staff dies in the process of granting them, so be it! It’s the cost of war. Nurses and doctors only treat patients, they don’t grant patents, do they?

When did a patent last save a life? No, not a drug with a patent on it but the patent itself…

“Let them eat patents!”As it turns out, neither Benoît Battistelli nor António Campinos ever cared to understand patents. Battistelli was only introduced to that domain some time in his fifties. Campinos used to do trademarks, but somehow he’s a patenting expert now (never mind if patent law and trademark law are inherently different). No wonder he’s advocating software patents in Europe even if European software developers say “No!” to such patents. Who cares… MOAR food! More patents. Let them eat patents!

“Campinos was apparently exploiting COVID-19 as an excuse for curtailing activity of staff representatives…”This kind of misguided attitude is what led to the collapse of quality and morale at the EPO. Examiners who are actually scientists (unlike Battistelli and Campinos) cannot stand the ignorance of their bosses, who surround themselves with old colleagues and friends rather than competent people.

Half a year ago the people who actually do all the work at the EPO (examiners, scientists) sought to alert their so-called ‘president’ (who was ‘elected’ by nepotism through his old friend and compatriot Battistelli) about a growing issue.

Campinos was apparently exploiting COVID-19 as an excuse for curtailing activity of staff representatives:

Campinos letter to CSC 2020, page 1

Campinos letter to CSC 2020, page 2

A week later a response was sent:

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From: Joachim Michels On Behalf Of centralstcom
Sent: 28 April 2020 17:27
To: PRESIDENT <president@epo.org>

Subject: RE: Future means of communication for the Staff Committee and organisation of the Staff Committee election

Dear Mr President, dear António,

Thank you for your letter of 22 April 2020. We understand the concerns you express about the forthcoming elections of the Staff Committee under the current exceptional circumstances. Indeed, candidates and staff would ideally expect adequate campaign and election processes.

At this time a postponement would imply the extension of our mandate. We feel it is not within our remit to request such an extension beyond the term laid down in the Service Regulations.

Thank you for your kind understanding,

Joachim Michels
On behalf of all Staff Committees

The following polite (if not almost cordial) letter was sent:

Letter Campinos election

On the surface it may seem harmless and amicable, but privately the staff representatives (the Central Staff Committee) explained the ramifications as follows:

Forthcoming Staff Committee elections

Mr Campinos maintains the elections in June despite current pandemic

On 22 April, Mr Campinos wrote a letter to the CSC where he stated the following:
“In light of the above, please send me your position in writing by 28 April at latest, on whether you are in favour of holding the election in June, or if you prefer to request a postponement. If this written indication does not reach my secretariat by this date, please be aware that it will be understood you are in favour of holding the Staff Committee election in June 2020, as foreseen.”

The local and central Staff Committees replied to Mr Campinos by email on 28 April, stating: “At this time a postponement would imply the extension of our mandate. We feel it is not within our remit to request such an extension beyond the term laid down in the Service Regulations.”

The President sent another letter to the CSC on 30 April where he stated: “I would like to confirm that I have received your reply on 28 April. As you know, your reply did not request a postponement of the staff elections and it is therefore understood that you wish the elections to take place in June.”

We are strongly disappointed that Mr Campinos tries to present his own decision as being ours, and that he took his decision without consulting EPO staff. We recall that, before the “social democracy” framework was imposed on EPO Staff in 2014, it was the Electoral Committee composed exclusively of staff members directly elected by staff, which was in charge of organising the Staff Committee elections.

So here again we see a public health crisis being ‘weaponised’ against EPO staff. The ‘nice’ and ‘polite’ (ignore all the shouting) new President is proving to be no better than his predecessor.

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