06.29.22

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European Patent Office is a Kakistocracy Illustrated

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Patents at 8:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

American poet James Russell Lowell used the term in 1876, in a letter to Joel Benton, writing, 'What fills me with doubt and dismay is the degradation of the moral tone. Is it or is it not a result of Democracy? Is ours a 'government of the people by the people for the people,' or a Kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?'
Reference: Wikipedia

it’s an open secret for those who know the backstage of the EPO but the only time the EPO hired HR consultancy to run a selection procedure for VPs years ago, the one candidate who was not selected as he was clearly identified as unfit for the position due to his profile, is the very same man who was hired as president of the EPO a few years later and who will lead this beautiful organisation into social chaos as well as the IP community into despair. Nothing could stop him to act erratically as he and his minions did, not even the courts, the dozens of EU MPs questioning the EU Commission or the Council of Europe which passed a motion signed by dozens of MPs, and not even the bad press throughout Europe which recurrently reminded the society of the deleterious things that occurred at EPO. So hoping to find competency at the highest level of the EPO is illusory since contrary to the EU institutions in Brussels, the EPO does not dispose upon check and balances and can exercise without any true public scrutiny and transparency, into what is now very much looking like unethical governance. I remember a striking parallel done between the EPO and the FIFA in an article which years ago tried to alert the public on the situation to no avail. Not even Germany, Switzerland, the NL or the Scandinavian countries which are always prone to give the world lessons in Ethics and the Rule of Law did act to restore the situation
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Summary: Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos aren’t just a “dark era” for the EPO; they might in fact be the end of the EPO, having made corruption the “new normal” or “new ways of working”

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