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Dutch Political Action Against the EPO's Management Greater Than Previously Estimated

John KerstensSummary: Sharon Gesthuizen and John Kerstens (left) only two among many more who are actively working to stop Battistelli's reign of terror

TECHRIGHTS has received constructive correction regarding this article from two days ago, covering the EPO scandals. Our 'error' is not quite realising just how big the political motion against the EPO management really has become in Dutch Parliament.



Some of our readers "think that [we] may have understated the significance of the "Motion by Gesthuizen/Kerstens concerning adherence by the European Patent Organisation to international legislation".

"John Kerstens of the Dutch Labour Party and some of his parliamentary colleagues in the Dutch Parliament have been very active tabling various questions about EPO matters over the last few years."

“John Kerstens of the Dutch Labour Party and some of his parliamentary colleagues in the Dutch Parliament have been very active tabling various questions about EPO matters over the last few years.”
      --Anonymous reader
"But this time round, it was more than just a parliamentary question. Supported by Sharon Gesthuizen from the Socialist Party, Kerstens tabled a motion that was voted on by the Parliament. The results of the vote can be found here."

One reader says "this means that a national parliament of a host state* of the EPO has passed a motion calling on the government of that country "to do all that is possible to force the European Patent Organisation to adhere to international legislation".

"In case you are interested, here's list of the Dutch politicians that have been involved in tabling parliamentary questions at both national and European level:

Labour Party



Socialist Party



We welcome corrective or additive feedback as it helps accuracy of our articles. We do, however, advise people to do this anonymously, for their own protection. _____ * The EPO "host states" are Germany, the Netherlands and Austria. The EPO headquarters are in Munich. There is a small branch office in Berlin dating from the "Cold War" era. The main branch office is in Rijswijk (a suburb of the Hague) in the Netherlands. There is a further small branch office in Vienna which is responsible for publications and associated ancillary tasks.

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