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Breaking: Dutch Parliament Debate About Immunity of the EPO and the Tyranny of Benoît Battistelli (Updated)

Party for Animals

Summary: The Party for Animals in the Netherlands expresses concerns about the European Patent Office under Battistelli and requests a parliamentary debate

ALTHOUGH we have not seen footage of it (nor is there an article about it), Petra Kramer, who habitually translates Dutch-only EPO articles for us, said a short moment ago that "Dutch Parliament just demanded a debate about ending the immunity of EPO and the tyranny of Battistelli [...] There is no link to an article, I'm watching the livestream of Parliament."

“Esther Ouwehand wants to know how the immunity (and tyranny it enables) of EPO can be ended.”
      --Petra Kramer
Apparently, Esther Ouwehand (contact Esther Ouwehand in Twitter) is the initiator of this.

Esther OuwehandTo quote Kramer [1, 2, 3]: "Esther Ouwehand of the Party for Animals requested the debate because EPO patents life against the wishes of the EU. And because Esther Ouwehand wants to know how the immunity (and tyranny it enables) of EPO can be ended. I missed which parties support the request but Esther Ouwehand probably can tell you who did."

We'll keep readers updated as updates -- if any -- arrive.

Credit/licence: The copyright holder of the above photograph "allows anyone to use it for any purpose including unrestricted redistribution, commercial use, and modification."

Update: Kramer has just translated Ouwehand's request:

Esther Ouwehand (Party for Animals): "We have major concerns about the European Patent Office. Not only do they grant patents on plants and animals while the democratic institutions said no to that. They also enjoy legal immunity which according to the Cabinet makes it impossible to intervene. I would like to receive a letter prior to the debate in which the Cabinet clarifies how this institute can be brought under democratic control."


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