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After 2 Years and 2 Days António Campinos is a Perfect Leader, Fostering EPO Abuses While Smiling

"When a man is able to take abuse with a smile, he is worthy to become a leader."

--Nachman of Bratslav



Summary: EPO corruption persists, but this time the corruption enjoys better marketing/PR and complicit (or at best silent) media

THE European Patent Office (EPO) under the management of incompetent friends of António Campinos and Benoît Battistelli (former colleagues and relatives) isn't going to stave off criticism and look beyond the perils unless real changes are implemented, starting with mass resignation of existing top-level management (which is unlikely to happen; they love the salaries and the huge bonuses they give to themselves). Within a few years in the presidency (top seat) both Battistelli and Campinos sank to approval rates/levels (among staff) of 3%-5% and the media is paid to not talk about it (or most of it was intimidated into silence). See what happened to IP Kat...



How many software patents were granted from people's homes/apartments during the pandemic/lock-down? How many of these would prove invalid in courts?

"Apparently it doesn't interest the media when Europe's second-largest institution is rife with abuse and serious misconduct."If you run a patent office, which is itself a sort of monopoly for granting monopolies, you have utmost responsibility to handle the authority sensibly. Instead, in the EPO at least, fiscal priorities took the front seat and then the EPO's management had the audacity to moan about deficit and punish the staff (based on a lie). Nobody was fooled by it, but again, as we've noted before, the media did not mention this. It's apathetic if not virtually dead. Apparently it doesn't interest the media when Europe's second-largest institution is rife with abuse and serious misconduct. Who cares anyway? Right...?

Happy birthday, Mr. António Campinos. May your next 3 years (if you last that long) be as prosperous for you and your colleagues/friends as much as the first two. Plunder it softly.

"There is nothing in the Constitution that authorizes or makes it the official duty of a president to have anything to do with criminal activities."

--Sam(uel) James Ervin, Jr.

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