09.08.21

Corruption in Latvia’s Patent Office

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Patents at 5:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: A video about part 17 of the ongoing series

TODAY we took a first look at Latvia’s patent office. We’ll take a deeper look tomorrow. In retrospect, all this matters because past scandals bear a great impact on the present.

“A lot more about Latvia will be published tomorrow at around 6AM GMT.”The video above focuses on the background to all this, the perception that heads of patent offices are effectively above the law (at worst they receive a slap on the wrist), and how nations like Latvia can disproportionately influence outcomes at the EPO, even if the decisions or judgements are made by barely qualified people (no experience in patent law and no science background) who are quite new/fresh on the job.

A lot more about Latvia will be published tomorrow at around 6AM GMT.

EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part XVII – Secret Bank Accounts in Switzerland and Germany

Posted in Europe, Finance, Fraud, Patents at 12:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series index:

  1. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part I – More Captured Delegates?
  2. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part II – Old Wine in New Bottles…
  3. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part III – Introducing the Finnish “Facilitator”
  4. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part IV – Martti Enäjärvi and His “Good Brother” Networks
  5. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part V – A Man With a Conviction…
  6. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part VI – “A Good Friend of Estonia and a Steady Cooperation Partner”
  7. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part VII – A Self-Appointed “Select Committee”
  8. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part VIII – Pulling for the Portuguese Pretender?
  9. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part IX – António’s Faithful Acolyte in Alicante
  10. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part X – A Pan-European “Good Brother” Network Celebration?
  11. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part XI – With a Little Help From My Friends…
  12. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part XII – Battistelli and His Baltic Fiefdoms
  13. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part XIII – Out With the Old, in With the New?
  14. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part XIV – Business as Usual in Tallinn
  15. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part XV – Worse Than “a Backward Kolkhoz”…
  16. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part XVI – A Promising Start Followed by an Unfortunate Cock-Up
  17. You are here ☞ Secret Bank Accounts in Switzerland and Germany

Zigrīds Aumeisters
Zigrīds Aumeisters headed the Latvian Patent Office between March 1992 and June 2010.

Summary: Why Zigrīds Aumeisters was apparently removed at the advanced age of 80; Criminal charges followed, just like his friends up north

The Latvian Patent Office was officially re-established by law on 26 November 1991 and it started operations under its new Director-General Zigrīds Aumeisters on 2 March 1992.

Aumeisters was just over 60 when he took up his new position as head of the Patent Office and he was 80 by the time he was finally put out to grass in June 2010.

His successor was a young lady by the name of Jekaterina Macuka.

Jekaterina Macuka
Jekaterina Macuka ended up as ad interim head of the Latvian Patent Office following Aumeisters’ departure.

It’s not clear how exactly Macuka ended up in charge of the Latvian Patent Office. Prior to taking up that position she was an official at the Justice Ministry and was involved with the Board of Religious Affairs which is responsible for supervising the activities of religious institutions in Latvia. [PDF]

It seems that she was appointed as head of the Patent Office on an ad interim basis just to keep the show on the road pending the appointment of a more suitably qualified candidate. Nevertheless, she was the head of the Latvian delegation on the EPO’s Administrative Council for the first year of Benoît Battistelli‘s EPO presidency.

On 13 July 2011, about a year after Macuka’s appointment, it was announced that the Minister of Justice had decided to appoint Reinis Bērziņš [PDF] to the position of Director-General of the Patent Office following a competitive selection procedure in which Bērziņš was the highest scoring candidate.

Reinis Bērziņš
It fell to Reinis Bērziņš to recover the missing funds.

Bērziņš took up his new position in August 2011 and soon afterwards it was reported in the Latvian media that when reviewing the financial operations of the Patent Office he had discovered the existence of two secret bank accounts operated by Aumeisters. [PDF]

“The Swiss bank account opened in 1999 was used for receiving payments from the WIPO in Geneva and the German bank account opened in 2005 was used for receiving payments from the EPO in Munich.”One of the accounts was opened in Switzerland in 1999 and the other in Germany in 2005.

These dates are not coincidental. They correspond respectively to the date of Latvia’s accession to the Madrid Trademark Agreement administered by WIPO (5 October 1999) and the date of Latvia’s accession to the EPO (1 July 2005).

The Swiss bank account opened in 1999 was used for receiving payments from the WIPO in Geneva and the German bank account opened in 2005 was used for receiving payments from the EPO in Munich.

These secret bank accounts were private accounts under the personal control of Aumeisters. According to Latvian press reports, when the existence of the accounts was discovered in 2011 they contained around € 1.4 million in total.

“In the next part we shall see how there has been a high of turnover at the top of the Latvian Patent Office over the last decade with no less than six directors or “acting directors” since Aumeisters’ departure in June 2010.”Aumeisters explained that he had held the funds in foreign bank accounts because it was needed for the Patent Office’s operations and for improvements in information technology. He said that state funding was scarce and would not have been sufficient to meet the requirements of the institution.

Criminal proceedings were initiated against Aumeisters but the outcome is not known. It’s more than likely that he got off with a slap on the wrist as a reward for cooperating with the authorities and assisting them in their efforts to reclaim the funds.

In the next part we shall see how there has been a high of turnover at the top of the Latvian Patent Office over the last decade with no less than six directors or “acting directors” since Aumeisters’ departure in June 2010.

09.05.21

The Government of Germany Needs to Quit Supporting Fraud

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Patents at 3:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Theranos and EPO
EPO was so proud of Theranos…

Summary: Theranos/Elizabeth Holmes should be another reminder that an out-of-control and off-the-hook EPO enables multi-billion-dollar frauds that cause countless deaths and stain/tarnish the image of Europe

WHEN it comes to fighting for justice at the EPO, the Government of Germany isn’t an ally but an obstacle. The same can be said about EU authorities, unlike some Bavarian politicians whom we named here before.

“Remember that some Theranos patents have already been weaponised against European scientists trying to tackle COVID-19.”The Government of Germany must realise that the EPO gradually becomes a liability to the country’s image worldwide. Its push for the UPC, even at the ministry of injustice (adding insult to injury), was never helpful; as if laws and constitutions — set aside the interests of ordinary German citizens — do not matter. We’ve already been "taking stock" of Germany's role in enabling EPO abuses and “Germany is protecting EPO,” one reader told us on Friday, actually quoting a high-profile person. We’re working on getting a video of that.

“Germany is protecting EPO” is a “statement from David Martin in his recent speeches about COVID patents,” a reader recalls. “I could try to find back his statement in a video.”

That would be very useful and also interesting to EPO insiders. We’ll try to get that as a video (in open/free format). Remember that some Theranos patents have already been weaponised against European scientists trying to tackle COVID-19.

“What will it take for the Government of Germany to finally cross the threshold where EPO crackdowns are seen as more beneficial than cover-up?”“In case you missed it,” EPO insiders have told us, “Theranos fraud trial has started in the US,” and media coverage can be found here and here (Bezos Post). An ordinary observer would not be aware of the EPO’s role in all this. “As someone asked back in 2018,” the insiders stress, “what was the role of the patent offices in all of this?” (quoting this)

We wrote a lot about this issue back then (well ahead of the trial). “Here is some paid advertising from the EPO on CNN (from 2015),” insiders remind us. So EPO budget was used to promote or legitimise an elaborate fraud.

What will it take for the Government of Germany to finally cross the threshold where EPO crackdowns are seen as more beneficial than cover-up?

08.29.21

Elected Like a Mafia Don, Governing the EPO Like a Mafioso…

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Patents at 4:05 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: A video to accompany the just-released installment of a twenty-part series; it’s becoming ever more evident that Battistelli’s circle is part of a broader network of dodgy people, including convicted fraudsters

THE SEVENTH PART of the series has just been published, revealing that the corrupt EPO (regime of Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos) was working behind the scenes to ‘fix’ the outcome of an important vote. Campinos will be the subject of the next part, which we shall publish tomorrow (Monday) or early on Tuesday. There’s a lot more to come…

“We need to understand what sort of people are responsible for this agenda, which occasionally overlaps Team UPC’s.”For those of us who have long wondered why EPO management crushes human rights and gets away with it, almost every single time, all this truly matters… a great deal. This same management suppresses the media, bribes academia, then attacks courts and judges to ‘fix’ the outcome of cases, including some cases regarding European software patents. We need to understand what sort of people are responsible for this agenda, which occasionally overlaps Team UPC’s.

08.27.21

EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part V – A Man With a Conviction…

Posted in Deception, Europe, Fraud, Patents at 1:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series index:

  1. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part I – More Captured Delegates?
  2. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part II – Old Wine in New Bottles…
  3. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part III – Introducing the Finnish “Facilitator”
  4. EPO Exposé: The Besieged Baltic States – Part IV – Martti Enäjärvi and His “Good Brother” Networks
  5. You are here ☞ A Man With a Conviction…

Martti Enäjärvi in Helsinki District Court
Martti Enäjärvi in Helsinki District Court in October 2011 on charges of credit card fraud.

Summary: Corrupt EPO delegate, an enabler of Benoît Battistelli and associate of António Campinos, in his moments of public shame (and a belated slap on the wrist)

As we saw in the last part, Martti Enäjärvi had a close shave with the Finnish public prosecutor during the early 2000s when he was facing allegations of abuse of office and breach of duty due to suspected misuse of an official car and official funds.

“By the close of the decade Enäjärvi’s fondness for high living at the expense of the tax-payer finally caught up with him.”Not for the first time, he managed to wriggle off the hook and the Finnish tax-payers were left to pick up the tab for his extravagances.

But this wasn’t the end of the story. By the close of the decade Enäjärvi’s fondness for high living at the expense of the tax-payer finally caught up with him.

At the beginning of May 2010, the report of an official government audit of the PRH was published. [PDF]

The audit report noted certain irregularities in the use of an official credit card and the PRH was instructed to take corrective action.

“At that point in time, Enäjärvi was 68 so there was no difficulty in massaging the PR to make it look like a normal retirement.”By mid-August 2010, Finnish media was reporting that a new director of the PRH had been appointed and that “The current Director General of the Office, Martti Enäjärvi, will retire”.

At that point in time, Enäjärvi was 68 so there was no difficulty in massaging the PR to make it look like a normal retirement.

The real story behind Enäjärvi’s “retirement” only started to emerge the following year when reports appeared in the Finnish press in March 2011 stating that the former Director-General of the PRH was under suspicion of financial fraud. [PDF]

“The total amount involved was reported to be of the order of € 50,000.”Some months later on 26 October 2011, Enäjärvi appeared in the dock at the District Court of Helsinki [PDF] facing charges of repeated misuse of his official credit card over a period of five years between 2005 and 2010. The total amount involved was reported to be of the order of € 50,000.

It was also reported in the Finnish media, that the preliminary investigation showed that many of the cash withdrawals [PDF] had been from ATMs on Kaisaniemenkatu and Mikonkatu, which are streets in the vicinity of the Helsinki Grand Casino.

Helsinki Grand Casino
Many of Enäjärvi’s cash withdrawals took place in close proximity to the Helsinki Grand Casino.

The authorising officer at the PRH, Eero Mantere, was also put on trial alongside Enäjärvi under suspicion of having aided and abetted the Director-General in his irregular use of the credit card.

However, Mantere told the court that since 2006 he had been trying unsuccessfully to limit Enäjärvi’s cash withdrawals. He said that he had issued repeated warnings to Enäjärvi and even lowered his weekly spending limit to € 500 following the abuses.

Enäjärvi’s reaction was to override Mantere’s intervention and restore the spending limit to € 3,000.

Eero Mantere
Eero Mantere was charged as a suspected accomplice of Enäjärvi, but he was ultimately acquitted by the court.

Enäjärvi tried to justify his insatiable thirst for cash on the grounds that he frequently had to travel abroad and thus needed to carry cash for unexpected expenses.

In his statements to the court he explained that there were many trips, more than twenty a year, which were mainly to European countries, in connection with WIPO, EUIPO and EPO matters.

According to the court, there was no reason to carry cash for such trips:

“Given the long experience of Mr Enäjärvi’s official career, it is not plausible that he could have inadvertently overestimated the costs and charges incurred each year by a wide margin.”

On 2 December 2011, the court handed down its judgment in the case: Enäjärvi was convicted [PDF] and Mantere was acquitted. [PDF]

All in all, Enäjärvi got off relatively lightly because he escaped with a fine of € 8,000 (described in the local newspaper reports as a “heavy fine” [PDF]).

The sentence was upheld [PDF] by the appeal court a year later in December 2012.

“And so it was that Martti Enäjärvi’s long career at the top of the Finnish PRH ended with the ignominy of a conviction as a credit-card fraudster.”In March 2013, it was reported that Enjärävi had been denied leave to appeal to the Supreme Court. [PDF]

And so it was that Martti Enäjärvi’s long career at the top of the Finnish PRH ended with the ignominy of a conviction as a credit-card fraudster.

Enäjärvi’s departure from the PRH in August 2010 came shortly after Battistelli’s inauguration as President of EPO on 1 July of the same year.

Enäjärvi didn’t manage to stick around on the EPO’s Administrative Council for long enough to be able to participate in the success of his “good brother” from the French INPI.

“…Enäjärvi appears to have acted as the “facilitator” that helped to open doors for Battistelli in the Baltic region.”However, the available information suggests that he played a significant behind-the scenes role in Battistelli’s election to the top position at the EPO in 2009/2010.

More specifically, Enäjärvi appears to have acted as the “facilitator” that helped to open doors for Battistelli in the Baltic region.

We will examine this little-known chapter of EPO history in more detail in the upcoming parts.

08.25.21

[Meme] Martti ‘Vichy’ Enäjärvi

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Patents at 9:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Vichy Finland

Summary: Martti Enäjärvi, who was convicted a decade back, was a key enabler of EPO dictator Benoît Battistelli

08.18.21

[Meme] Who Needs Laws Anyway?

Posted in Deception, Europe, Fraud, Law, Patents at 7:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

'It came from Campinos'; baby yoda: die trash, Fucking EPC
In a fantastic act of dynamic interpretation, Josef puts the EPC out of its misery for babyface Tony.

Visser on EPC
Yes, Sir Visser.
Your book now deals with imaginary (or theoretical) laws.

Summary: The EPO‘s corruption problem is deepening and it is further exacerbated by the fact that bribed media (sometimes just intimidated by the EPO’s lawyers) won't even mention that corruption

08.17.21

Corruption at the EPO’s Governance (or the Administrative Council) is Not Limited to Balkan States

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Patents at 10:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum d53ba68804792540579f3442ca87cffa

Summary: The EPO regime of Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos isn’t being enabled just by a large number of small countries; even some large and very wealthy countries are culpable, it is just that they’re a bit more expensive to ‘buy’ or corrupt or “capture” (it is a question of price and the risk of getting caught)

IN part 13 of the series (“An EPO Administrative Council Exposé”), which we’ve just published, it is made increasingly apparent that the governing body of the second-largest institution in Europe, or the EPO‘s Administrative Council, is overrun by corrupt officials or “captured” officials. Instead of doing their job, such as representing their country, they serve special interests and sometimes the interests of other countries (for personal gain).

“…hope or faith is fading away; the expectation has become that the Administrative Council will generally participate or cooperate with crooks.”This isn’t a Balkan problem; it’s just that a new example emerged some months ago and the top officials of the Administrative Council seemed to have covered it all up. Like European media or EU officials, they seem to believe that the sole goal is to brush those things under a rug and never work to properly correct (or prevent) that. This means that, as we shall explain in the next (and final) part, hope or faith is fading away; the expectation has become that the Administrative Council will generally participate or cooperate with crooks. The Administrative Council is collectively “captured” and as we've recently seen in the case of Team UPC that capture can extend to national governments as big as Germany’s.

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