04.12.21

Gemini version available ♊︎

EPOLeaks on Misleading the Bundestag — Part 15: Different Strokes for Different Folks

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series index:

  1. The EPO Bundestagate — Part 1: How the Bundestag Was (and Continues to be) Misled About EPO Affairs
  2. The EPO Bundestagate — Part 2: Lack of Parliamentary Oversight, Many Questions and Few Answers…
  3. The EPO Bundestagate — Part 3: A “Minor Interpellation” in the German Bundestag
  4. The EPO Bundestagate — Part 4: Parroting the GDPR-Compliance Myth
  5. The EPO Bundestagate — Part 5: The Federal Eagle’s Disconcerting Metamorphosis
  6. EPOLeaks on Misleading the Bundestag — Part 6: Dr Petri Starts the Ball Rolling…
  7. EPOLeaks on Misleading the Bundestag — Part 7: Ms Voßhoff Alerts the Bundestag…
  8. EPOLeaks on Misleading the Bundestag — Part 8: The EPO’s Tweedledum, Raimund Lutz
  9. EPOLeaks on Misleading the Bundestag — Part 9: A Veritable Virtuoso of Legal Sophistry
  10. EPOLeaks on Misleading the Bundestag — Part 10: A Faithful Lapdog Despised and Reviled by EPO Staff
  11. EPOLeaks on Misleading the Bundestag — Appendix (Benoît Battistelli’s Vichy Syndrome): Georges Henri Léon Battistelli and Charles Robert Battistelli
  12. EPOLeaks on Misleading the Bundestag — Part 11: The BMJV’s Tweedledee: Dr Christoph Ernst
  13. EPOLeaks on Misleading the Bundestag — Part 12: A Worthy Successor to His Mentor?
  14. EPOLeaks on Misleading the Bundestag — Part 13: The Failed Promise of a “Good Governance” Guru…
  15. EPOLeaks on Misleading the Bundestag — Part 14: The Notorious Revolving Door
  16. You are here ☞ Different Strokes for Different Folks

Wolfgang Schmitt-Wellbrock and Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer
Wolfgang Schmitt-Wellbrock (left) pictured in 2010 with an official of the Ministry for Traffic (centre) and the head of the German Patent & Trademark Office, Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer (right).

Summary: Dr. Ernst and Raimund Lutz colluded to protect EPO management from a much-needed investigation; Ernst has since then been rewarded with a do-nothing job by António Campinos

Christoph Ernst’s disappointing track record in the area of EPO governance makes it tempting to speculate about how things might have turned out if someone with more integrity and backbone had headed the German delegation on the Administrative Council during the Battistelli era.

It should not be forgotten that in December 2010 it was by no means a given that Ernst would end up in this position.

EPO OJ 2011 EPO OJ Schmitt Wellbrock
The deputy representative and ad interim head of the German delegation in December 2010 was Dr Wolfgang Schmitt-Wellbrock.

At that time, Lutz had just stepped down due to his impending appointment as EPO Vice-President. The alternate or deputy head of delegation was another official of the Justice Ministry, Dr Wolfgang Schmitt-Wellbrock, who acted as the ad interim head of delegation until Ernst’s appointment in April 2011.

“The alternate or deputy head of delegation was another official of the Justice Ministry, Dr Wolfgang Schmitt-Wellbrock, who acted as the ad interim head of delegation until Ernst’s appointment in April 2011.”All other things being equal, Schmitt-Wellbrock might have been expected to move in to fill the gap left by Lutz in December 2010 and take over as head of the German delegation.

There is no information available to explain why this didn’t happen. So we are left to speculate as to why Ernst ended up as Lutz’s successor instead of Schmitt-Wellbrock.

It’s not clear what became of Schmitt-Wellbrock subsequently but as far as is known he is now in retirement.

What is interesting to note is that Schmitt-Wellbrock’s name turns up in German media reports from 2016. He was appointed by the Federal Justice Ministry to head an investigation into a covert surveillance scandal in the state of Thuringia (formerly part of the Soviet-controlled East German Democratic Republic).

The investigation was launched after it was revealed that Thuringian police had automatically intercepted and recorded tens of thousands of telephone communications since the late 1990s without the knowledge or consent of those being recorded.

Schmitt Wellbrock
Schmitt-Wellbrock presenting his report on a covert surveillance scandal involving police in the state of Thuringia in December 2016.

Schmitt-Wellbrock presented his report on the Thurinigian covert surveillance scandal in December 2016.

“As we will show in the coming parts, Ernst colluded in this regard with his mentor, EPO Vice-President Raimund Lutz, the apparent purpose of their collusion being to derail efforts to push for a reform of the EPO’s data protection framework.”By an ironic twist of fate, a little over a year earlier in the autumn of 2015, Schmitt-Wellbrock’s colleague from the German Justice Ministry, Christoph Ernst, had been busy trying to organise the cover-up of a covert surveillance scandal in the European Patent Office in an attempt to neutralise the impending “threat” of a parliamentary inquiry by the Legal Affairs Committee of the Bundestag.

As we will show in the coming parts, Ernst colluded in this regard with his mentor, EPO Vice-President Raimund Lutz, the apparent purpose of their collusion being to derail efforts to push for a reform of the EPO’s data protection framework.

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. [Meme] EPO Applicants Unwittingly Fund the War on Ukraine

    As we’ve just shown, António Campinos is desperately trying to hide a massive EPO scandal



  2. EPO Virtue-Signalling on the Ukrainian Front

    António Campinos persists in attention-shifting dross and photo ops; none of that can change the verifiable facts about the EPO’s connections to Lukashenko’s 'science park' in Minsk



  3. Links 19/05/2022: PostgreSQL 15 Beta 1 and Plasma 5.25 Beta

    Links for the day



  4. A Libera.Chat Anniversary and Happy Birthday (Maybe the Last) to 'Leenode'

    What became known as the so-called ‘Leenode’ is a cautionary tale, but maybe it is also a blessing in disguise because IRC as a whole seem to have become a lot more decentralised (as everything should be)



  5. Links 19/05/2022: The Gradual Fall of Netflix/DRM

    Links for the day



  6. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, May 18, 2022

    IRC logs for Wednesday, May 18, 2022



  7. Links 18/05/2022: Qt Company Loses Chief; OpenSUSE Leap Micro 5.2 and RHEL 9 Final

    Links for the day



  8. Jim Zemlin's Wife is Funded by Puppies (Microsoft)

    Jim Zemlin — like his wife — is bagging millions from Microsoft, but that’s clearly a conflict of interest for the Linux Foundation



  9. Links 18/05/2022: More Defections From WordPress to Gemini

    Links for the day



  10. Links 18/05/2022: PikaScript and cURL's Annual User Survey

    Links for the day



  11. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, May 17, 2022

    IRC logs for Tuesday, May 17, 2022



  12. Phoronix: Microsoft and Phoronix Sponsor (and Close Microsoft Partner) AMD All Over the Place

    When you’re taking massive 'gifts' from AMD (and also some from Microsoft) maybe it’s not surprising that editorial decisions change somewhat…



  13. EPO Has No F-ing Oversight

    Earlier today SUEPO mentioned this new article demonstrating that EPO President António Campinos can very obviously and blatantly violate the Code of Conduct of the Office without facing any consequences; there are translations too, so the report is now available in four languages



  14. [Meme] Linux-Rejecting Foundation

    The Linux Foundation never really leads by example; by default, it uses proprietary software



  15. Linux Foundation Almost Never uses Open Source

    The Linux Foundation uses proprietary software (look where they hire and take money from) and be sure they're probably not even aware of it



  16. Links 17/05/2022: Many More Games on GNU/Linux, YaST Development Report

    Links for the day



  17. Links 17/05/2022: Rocky Linux 8.6 and Budgie Desktop in Fedora

    Links for the day



  18. Patent Examiners Rising Up Against EPO Abuse

    Unhappy with the law-breaking autocracy (the EPO‘s management breaks the law as a matter of routine), fast-deteriorating working conditions and rapidly-decreasing quality of work (or lack of compliance with the law), workers have escalated further, topping off strikes and industrial actions with a large-scale petition



  19. [Meme] What Managers (Really) Mean by Acting Professionally

    The myth of 'professionalism' needs to die along with the façade of conformity as prerequisite for employment (Linus Torvalds can work just fine in a bathrobe in his own home)



  20. Internal Poll: 93% of European Patent Office (EPO) Workers Are Unhappy With the EPO

    On top of strike/s and industrial action/s there are now also petitions; at the EPO, almost all staff is "disgruntled" because of utterly corrupt and defunct leadership



  21. Links 17/05/2022: OpenSUSE Leap 15.4 Release Candidate

    Links for the day



  22. IRC Proceedings: Monday, May 16, 2022

    IRC logs for Monday, May 16, 2022



  23. Links 16/05/2022: FreeBSD 13.1 and Inkscape 1.2 Released

    Links for the day



  24. Archiving Latest Posts in Geminispace (Like a Dated Web Directory But for Gemini)

    Earlier today we saw several more people crossing over from the World Wide Web to Gemini; we're trying to make a decent aggregator and archive for the rapidly-expanding Geminispace, which will soon have 2,500 capsules that are known to Lupa alone



  25. Microsoft Vidal Does Not Want to Listen (USPTO is Just for Megacorporations)

    Microsoft Vidal knows her real bosses. They’re international corporations (multinationals like Microsoft), not American people.



  26. Links 16/05/2022: China Advances on GNU/Linux and Maui 2.1.2 is Out

    Links for the day



  27. Jim Zemlin: Chief Revenue Officer in 'Linux' Seat-Selling Foundation

    Board seats in the Linux Foundation are basically a product on sale, based internal documents



  28. Reminder: Linux Foundation's Last IRS Filing is Very Old (Same Year the CFO Left)

    People really need to ask the Linux Foundation, directly, why its filings are years behind; this seems like a sensitive subject



  29. Linux Foundation Does Not Speak for GNU/Linux Users

    There's a serious problem in the "Linux" world as the so-called 'Linux' Foundation claims to speak for us (the GNU/Linux community) while in fact speaking against us (on the payroll of those looking to extinguish us)



  30. IBM's Lennart Poettering on Breaking Software for Pseudo Novelty

    Recently-uploaded ELCE 2011 clip shows a panel with Linus Torvalds, Alan Cox, Thomas Gleixner, Paul McKenney, and Lennart Poettering (relevant to novelty or perceived novelty that mostly degrades the experience of longtime users, e.g. Wayland and systemd)


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