10.09.21

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Etienne Schneider, Lex Kaufhold and Other Officials Empowered EPO’s Tyranny of Lawlessness, But Will Iris Depoulain Put an End to That?

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:05 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: There’s a new face in Luxembourg’s EPO delegation, a person who apparently lacks experience in the area of patents, but one can hope that next week she can put up resistance and undo the damage caused by her predecessors (the Administrative Council meets in 3 days, the Select Committee of the Administrative Council meets in 4 days, and the controversial [1, 2] Budget/Finance Committee meets in 16 days, according to this newly-updated (10 days ago) EPO calendar (warning: epo.org link), which suggests that “meets” means “has an online webchat”)

WE HAVE JUST published part seven regarding the unlawful EPO (anti-strike) regulations passed with approval from Luxembourg for ‘King’ Battistelli (those same illegal regulations were exploited by António Campinos for more than 3 years; Campinos was happy not to reassess these).

Coat of arms of LuxembourgLike most people, I do not know a lot about Luxembourg (it’s a very small country), but what I do know isn’t entirely positive, especially because of tax-related issues, long associated with the jurisdiction (a bit like Monaco, Panama, and Singapore). There are also some patent trolls parked in Luxembourg. We wrote about those in the more distant past.

“Tomorrow we shall look at my home country, the UK, and British enablers of the Battistelli regime.”The video above notes that the country had a whole day (of the year; every year) devoted to reaffirming the monopolies of rich people and corporations, reinforcing myths associated with “ownership” or “property” where such terms are technically and legally inapplicable. Luxembourg is less than 4 hours away from The Hague (driving distance), but we don’t suppose Dutch politicians would truly scrutinise their close neighbour for any discrepancies (business, human rights, etc.); as we noted in the previous part, the Dutch also exempt their own from investigations into war crimes. It’s a tail that wags a dog.

ICC logoThe video does not talk about the country as much as its actions in relation to the EPO. It also ends by noting that Campinos lacks experience with patents, just like Iris Depoulain lacks experience with patents (but she will represent her country in the EPO this month; EPO deals exclusively with patents). Although the nation of Luxembourg has a very small portion of the total population of Europe (only about 1 in 1,000 Europeans lives in Luxembourg) it has the same voting power as Germany with about 15% (~150 in 1,000 Europeans) of the EU population.

“They try to purchase for themselves a veneer of “ethics” whilst actively attacking the law, crushing staff, and harming the interests of ordinary (vulnerable) Europeans for the benefit of the powerful few.”The video was unfortunately interrupted by an unexpected but important phone call, but it was already (nearly) over anyway, so I stopped it prematurely if not somewhat abruptly. When you do it all in one take, unscripted and unedited, that’s a risk you take (the video being a tad rough at the edges).

Tomorrow we shall look at my home country, the UK, and British enablers of the Battistelli regime. It’s never “too late” to name culprits, especially those who are still out there, dodging accountability after playing a role in authorising human rights abuses.

“What sane person would genuinely wish to be associated with those sociopaths who still run the EPO? “We might as well note that the EPO regime has just found the courage or had the audacity to post this fluff (warning: epo.org link) late on a Friday (i.e. the usual), exploiting for cheap PR stunts disabled people while they’re causing disability in their own staff, e.g. upper limb disorder (ULD). They post this with their charade of “Diversity & Inclusion @ EPO” where neither diversity nor inclusion has been a real thing. In prior months they did pinkwashing several times. They try to purchase for themselves a veneer of “ethics” whilst actively attacking the law, crushing staff, and harming the interests of ordinary (vulnerable) Europeans for the benefit of the powerful few. “Equality” @ EPO means that they’re attacking women and men equally, or crush the human rights of gays or blacks as much as the crush everybody else’s rights. Is that ethics? Moral relativism with PR stunts might fool the shallow-minded, i.e. not well-educated patent examiners. They view this entire thing as a shallow PR charade that merely costs the Office a lot of money and helps silence the media.

While disability is a very seriously matter, we’ve already seen the EPO flirting with sick humour about it (‘euthanising’ the disabled without consent). What sane person would genuinely wish to be associated with those sociopaths who still run the EPO?

Iris Depoulain decorated with logos of EPO and EUIPO
Iris Depoulain decorated with logos of EPO and EUIPO 2 years ago, stating that “[m]any actors are involved in IP [sic] protection [sic] in Luxembourg”

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