12.01.20

Gemini version available ♊︎

European Commission’s Thierry Breton Covers Up EPO Corruption For His Friend Benoît Battistelli

Posted in Europe, Patents at 8:10 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Breton-Battistelli relationship

Summary: Thierry Breton is the sort of official who causes people to vote for Brexit (or similar exits from the EU); he’s enthusiastically defending EPO corruption and he also calls for constitutional violations in many member states — all in the name of patent maximalism (Team UPC’s coup attempt)

THIS morning SUEPO published links to these two replies from Mr. Breton, who not only promotes the constitutional violations of the UPC for his friend Benoît Battistelli (we’ll come to that later). He’s also giving non-answering ‘answers’ to formal queries from Clare Daly (GUE/NGL).

“The lack of real answers to these questions means that the EU too is indirectly implicated and responsible for EPO abuses, at least by turning a blind eye to them.”As expected, he has nothing of substance to say because just like António Campinos his role is to cover up EPO corruption, not to look into it. The lack of real answers to these questions means that the EU too is indirectly implicated and responsible for EPO abuses, at least by turning a blind eye to them.

For the record (not that those answers really say anything of substance), here’s what he wrote back:

Parliamentary questions

15 September 2020
E-003298/2020(ASW)

Answer given by Mr Breton
on behalf of the European Commission

Question reference: E-003298/2020

The European Patent Organisation (‘EPOrg’) is an independent intergovernmental organisation. While Commission representatives attend the meetings of the EPOrg Administrative Council as observers, the Commission does not participate in any decision-making regarding the management of the EPO, or of any EPO/EPOrg committee, body or other organ.

This applies in particular to financial matters, which are mostly debated and decided in a confidential manner, as ‘C’ points in the meetings of the Administrative Council, which observers are not allowed to attend.

As a consequence, while the Commission was aware of the setting-up of the EPOTIF fund and of certain concerns that have been expressed in its respect, it is not in a position to comment on, and even less so to influence, the way in which this fund is regulated and managed, let alone its very existence. In this regard it may be noted that there are no financial rights, obligations or other links between the Commission and the EPO(rg).

The Commission is fully confident that the EU Member States, in their capacity as members of the EPOrg’s Administrative Council, are paying proper attention to the financial issues related to the management of the EPO, including the EPOTIF.

Parliamentary questions

15 September 2020
E-003299/2020(ASW)

Answer given by Mr Breton
on behalf of the European Commission

Question reference: E-003299/2020

The European Patent Organisation (‘EPOrg’) is an independent intergovernmental organisation. Its Administrative Council is responsible for overseeing the operations of the European Patent Office (‘EPO’).

While Commission representatives attend the meetings of the EPOrg Administrative Council as observers, the Commission does not participate in any decision-making regarding the management of the EPO, or of any EPO/EPOrg committee, body or other organ. In addition, observers are not allowed to attend the discussion on a number of sensitive issues, such as financial matters.

That being said, the Commission is supportive of the efforts of the EPO to improve its governance mechanisms, as described in the ‘Strategic Plan 2023’(1) adopted in June 2019. Particularly appreciated is the EPO’s intention to establish ‘a comprehensive framework for cooperation with the EU Commission’. As regards auditing, it may be noted that a Board of Auditors is still operating in accordance with Article 49 of the European Patent Convention(2); therefore, the disbandment of the EPO Audit Committee in June 2011 does not, as such, jeopardise the auditing requirements defined by the European Patent Convention.

While the Commission is aware of the new intentions of the EPO regarding governance and auditing, which indeed entail certain changes compared to the past mechanisms, the Commission is not in a position to comment on, and even less so to influence, the related decisions and arrangements.

That being said, the Commission is fully confident that the EU Member States, in their capacity as members of the EPOrg’s Administrative Council, are paying proper attention to the governance and auditing issues related to the management of the EPO.

_____
(1) http://documents.epo.org/projects/babylon/eponet.nsf/0/2217f5b7cc07d47cc125841c00610386/USD FILE/EPO_Strategic_Plan_2023_en.pdf
(2) https://www.epo.org/about-us/governance/administrative-council/auditors.html

Both references just parrot the EPO itself.

And from SUEPO’s site:


We would like to inform you about the questions and answers raised in the European Parliament about the EPO.

You can find the links here:

EPOTIF

Audit/Governance

Those answers show that the EPO completely lacks oversight, not just from the Administrative Council but also the European Commission (and by extension the Union). This is a recipe for disaster. They’re eager to even violate constitutions of European member states.

As somebody noted the other in a comment at IP Kat (regarding “European Commission unveils new IP Action Plan”): “So looks like the EU Commission is now basically telling the member states to go ahead with implementing the UP: “The unitary patent system will become effective with the entry into force of the UPCA. With the ratification process now on track following the resolution of the constitutional complaint before the German Constitutional Court, it is now expected that that the new system could start operating in 2022, following the ‘provisional application period’ that should start in 2021. Thus the Commission is calling upon Member States for a rapid roll-out of the Unitary Patent System.” Cynics who were of the view that the UP was being delayed simply to get the UK out of the door before its implementation will not find much in this to disprove their pre-existing views.”

That sort of misses the point that Breton and now the European Commission basically act like agents of the EPO cabal — the people who rob the whole institution and carry out a coup for litigation firms and patent trolls.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. António Campinos and the Alicante Clique (EPO Management, Appointed Based on Nepotism Despite Lack of Qualifications) Nowadays Exploiting Kids for PR Charades

    The sick old habit of exploiting kids for Public Relations (PR) and marketing purposes is all too common at the EPO (they’re constantly exploiting “the children” to associate criticism of the EPO with demeaning the young and innocent), but the management — which enjoys nepotism and immunity rather than relevant skills — carries on today and it’s being called “inaugural”



  2. [Meme] Snake on a Plane

    The EPO‘s President ‘Monopoly Tony’ (António Campinos), whom you never see wearing a mask (none of the photo ops; he does not even socially distance himself from peers, he wears sneakers instead of masks) during the height of a pandemic, is the "f***ing president"; don’t tell him to wear one…



  3. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XX — Entering Phase II

    We're about to resume the long-running series about the sick clique which ran GitHub until the assault on women became too much of a liability (among other wrongdoings and PR blunders)



  4. Links 24/05/2022: Fedora 37 Test Days and Tor Browser 11.0.13

    Links for the day



  5. Microsoft Vidal, as USPTO Director, Already Plays 'Political Cards' to Disguise and Deflect Away From the Corporate Agenda

    Microsoft Vidal, another corporate pawn in charge of the world’s most dangerous patent system, is using soft-spoken defle



  6. Links 24/05/2022: WAL-G 2.0

    Links for the day



  7. IRC Proceedings: Monday, May 23, 2022

    IRC logs for Monday, May 23, 2022



  8. Unethical Advertising, Published as So-called 'Articles', in CNX Software

    As we noted earlier this year, the CNX team is looking for money in the wrong places



  9. Links 23/05/2022: Broadcom to Buy VMware?

    Links for the day



  10. LibreOffice Conference 2022, As Before, Puts the Keynotes on Sale (the Rich Buy Influence, the Price Doubles)

    Discrimination against the community; talks and mentions are based on money, not merit ($2000 has become $4000 in just one year)



  11. Links 23/05/2022: Kdenlive 22.04.1 and New Alpine Linux Released

    Links for the day



  12. António Campinos Promotes Software Patents Using Buzzwords and Sketchy Loopholes With Dubious Legal Basis

    ‘Monopoly Tony’ (António Campinos) is shamelessly manipulating EPO processes at both ends (sender and receiver) to facilitate the illegal granting of invalid European software patents; we’re meant to think this former EU official and imposter (banker) is some guru in the sciences because he reads a lousy speech crafted for him with lots of meaningless buzzwords peppered all over it (he’s not good at reading it, either)



  13. [Meme] Jorgotta Be Kidding Us, Campinos!

    Monopoly Tony (António Campinos) runs the EPO by attacking the very legal basis of the EPO’s existence



  14. Unified Patent Court (UPC) Relies Too Much on Lies and Mischief Without Any Basis in Law

    Today’s video runs through the typical (weekly) lies from Team UPC — lies that are very easy to debunk; Team UPC not only drafted the thing but also looks to profit from it while misleading politicians and bribing publishers to spread intentionally misleading statements (lies)



  15. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, May 22, 2022

    IRC logs for Sunday, May 22, 2022



  16. Links 23/05/2022: Fedora 36 Reviewed

    Links for the day



  17. [Meme] It's My Working Party... And I'll Cry If I Want to!

    EPO President António Campinos is still not being held accountable for his Code of Conduct violations



  18. Links 22/05/2022: The 5.18 Kernel is Out

    Links for the day



  19. Gemini is Bigger Than Most People Care to Realise

    Geminispace has gotten to the point where it's too computationally expensive (or outright pricey) to study, let alone keep abreast of, Gemini capsules or the domain space as a whole



  20. Links 22/05/2022: Rock64 and Peppermint OS Release

    Links for the day



  21. [Meme] UPC is Always Next Year (and Next Year It'll Surely be the Year After That)

    The UPC will come “next year”, just like every year (since almost a decade ago) just because the lunatic promises so and crushes the law, quite frankly as usual, cusioned and protected by the UPC lobby



  22. UPC: Turning Patent Lawyers Into Liars and the Media Into Their Money-Grabbing Megaphone (Platform for Fake News)

    The above 26 screenshots (with necessary annotation added) hopefully illuminate the degree of deceit, manipulation, bribery and distortion of public discourse (fake news and advocacy of patently unlawful activities)



  23. Number of Working/Online Gemini Capsules, Known to Totally Legit Gemini Search (TLGS) and to Lupa, Exceeds 2,500

    Assuming that Lupa reduced its crawling capacity (this graph seems to confirm this), we’ve decided to aggregate data from 3 sources and assess the size of Geminispace; Lupa says it can see 1,947 active capsules, but there are many more it has not kept track of



  24. [Meme] Monopoly Tony

    The gentlest, kindest president the EPO ever had



  25. It Took Campinos Three or More Years to Undo Illegal Battistelli Actions on Boards of Appeal and Strike Regulations (Only After Losing at ILO-AT!), But He Does Not Mention That

    Let’s all remember that as the EPO‘s so-called ‘President’ António Campinos (Monopoly Tony) vigorously defended completely unlawful actions of Benoît Battistelli until courts compelled him to stop doing that (Strike Regulations); notice how, in the video above — a portion of this full clip from several months ago — he did not bother mentioning that for 3.5 years that he had “led” the Office the Boards of Appeal were in exile, in direct violation of the EPC, yet nobody is being held accountable for it



  26. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, May 21, 2022

    IRC logs for Saturday, May 21, 2022



  27. Links 22/05/2022: Free Software Developments in Bratislava

    Links for the day



  28. Gemini is the Direction the Paginated Internet Should Have Taken (Not Bloated Web With JavaScript and DRM)

    An update on Gemini and why you might wish to explore it (if you aren't using it already)



  29. EPO.org Now Openly Brags About Making Illegal Patents a Welcomed Part of the Examination Guidelines

    The EPO persists in illegal, unlawful agenda; it's even finding the audacity to advertise this in the official Web site



  30. Links 21/05/2022: Security Blunders and Microsoft Posturing

    Links for the day


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