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Staff of the EPO is Going Out in Protest (Munich and The Hague) While EPO Management Buys European Media to Control This Media, Promote UPC

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Summary: The staff union of the EPO (SUEPO) is planning another couple of demonstrations next week and the EPO's payments to European media bear fruit, serving to demonstrate the corrupting influence of Battistelli's bizarre budget choices and mind-boggling priorities (managing perceptions, not changing behaviour)

THERE IS PLENTY to be angry about at the EPO and SUEPO will lead a march next week, having just announced that the next demonstrations are to take place on the 11th and 13th of October, coinciding with the meeting of the Administrative Council. To quote the full announcement:



On 11 October Mr Battistelli will hold his much publicised (yet another “first in the history of the Office”) Social Conference where he will be trumpeting his achievements just before the meeting of the Administrative Council on 12/13 October. Meanwhile, the attacks against SUEPO officials are continuing in The Hague with three investigations/disciplinary proceedings. SUEPO organises a demonstration on Tuesday 11 October in Munich in front of the EPO Isar building starting at 12.30h, and on Thursday 13 October in The Hague.


No doubt the media will hardly cover it, having been given a lethal injection by the EPO. The EPO is paying to control the media in the Netherlands and in Germany. It is also PAYING some French publishers like Les Echos (for self-censorship and habitual propaganda), which Battistelli later cites in his private letters as 'proof' of his dubious claims. Here in the UK the EPO pays FT (Financial Times) for UPC propaganda (as recently as last week) and one EPO insider found some new UPC material in relation to Brexit. It comes from Les Echos (EPO-funded) and the insider called it "Pro UPC Propaganda as expected - Le €« paquet brevet €» suspendu au Brexit" (published and mentioned earlier today).

Expect more of the media manipulation from the EPO's top-level management. It's their spiel now. They have no compelling story to tell, so instead they're trying to sell. They literally pay the media, which in turn publishes puff pieces and even fields social media accounts to spread the EPO's talking points (FT did this some months ago).

"Expect more of the media manipulation from the EPO's top-level management. It's their spiel now."Remember the time IAM attempted to distance itself from the EPO after the EPO's foreign PR agency had paid IAM for UPC propaganda? Well, IAM has just published a new issue of its totally completely honestly objective 'magazine' and in it appears to be the big lie about EPO patent quality. It is paywalled, so it's hard to say exactly what's in it. They do, however, help the EPO and Battistelli lie about patent quality (they are the only citation the EPO and Battistelli use for such a claim, with Battistelli repeatedly mentioning IAM privately and publicly). It is really that bad and it's verging the pathetic. Does the Administrative Council not mind that Battistelli is wasting millions of Euros buying (one might say "corrupting") European media? And all this to mislead the public and mislead the Council's delegates? If not, then it makes these delegates complicit.

To be sure, the UPC propaganda will end pretty soon, at least as far as its relevance to the UK and Brexit is concerned. IP Kat wrote so much on the subject (usually in favour of the UPC) and here we have a new article about EU-wide injunctions. Well, EU-wide injunctions (even beyond the EU) would be a standard occurrence if UPC (litigation chaos) was ever to sneak into Europe.

"We hope that EPO staff will join us in opposing the UPC."One new comment, among other such comments (a thread initiated by the UPC proponents, like most others), said today: "Of course, a solution would be for the UK to enact legislation to the effect that any judgement of the UPC in respect of an EP patent for which there is a GB part to be automatically enforceable in the UK. Maybe not so good for UK litigators but good for industry."

The self-serving Team UPC is mostly a litigation industry, hence it's craving for the UPC (more money for them at the expense of plaintiffs and defendants in Europe). We hope that EPO staff will join us in opposing the UPC. All it does is (and we've been writing about this for nearly a decade*), it threatens to eliminate EPO jobs and reduce Europe into litigious chaos that's enriching the litigation industry. The very fact that Battistelli has been pushing for the UPC for many years (previous incarnation) raises questions as well; who does this man work for? _____ * Techrights is turning 10 next month and the early efforts to unify patent litigation in Europe go even further back than that.

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