04.30.15

The EPO’s Tyrant, Benoît Battistelli, is Probably on His Way Out, Threatens to Resign

Posted in Europe, Patents at 1:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Just do it, Benoît

No jumping

Summary: The Napoleonic self-acclaimed ‘president’ of the EPO, who surrounded himself with loyal thugs and crushed all opposition to him (assuring reign by fear), reportedly threatens to fall on his sword if an independent mediator gets appointed

YESTERDAY we wrote about the latest EPO protest, set to take place in Munich, after short-term organisation/preparation that limited Battistelli’s ability to derail it (like he did the last time, back in February, using gross threats and contempt of a Dutch court’s decision). See this Wiki for background and chronology.

Florian Müller was there to report from within. He wrote: “An estimated 700 protesters marched from one of the EPO’s Munich buildings (the closest one to the Oktoberfest venue, for those who may have visited Munich on that occasion) to the Dutch consulate-general”

The most interesting part, which he emphasised in his headline, says: “Toward the end of the demonstration, a staff representative said, citing a reliable but unnamed source, that a majority of the EPOrg’s member states (at a Council meeting last month) was in favor of appointing an independent mediator to help resolve the sitation [sic.] but EPO president Benoît Battistelli was adamantly opposed to this idea and threatened with his resignation for the event that mediation would have been imposed on him. The crowd ironically cheered.”

Merpel, a frequent analyst of the EPO situation, has not yet written about the protest (only preparation for it) and instead compared the EPO’s sick leave policy to several others. She also wrote about “proposed structural reform of Boards of Appeal”. The Boards of Appeal have come under attack from Battistelli, so they probably would be happy to see him leave. “The consultation will run until 30 June 2015,” Merpel notes.

“The EPO is clearly in crisis.” Müller concludes.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

This post is also available in Gemini over at:

gemini://gemini.techrights.org/2015/04/30/battistelli-threatens-to-resign/

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. Links 16/6/2021: Alpine 3.14.0 and DXVK 1.9

    Links for the day



  2. Links 15/6/2021: Debian Installer Bullseye RC 2 and Zink Updates

    Links for the day



  3. IRC Proceedings: Monday, June 14, 2021

    IRC logs for Monday, June 14, 2021



  4. Virtual Injustice -- Part 7: Musical Chairs and Revolving Doors

    Cross pollination in Alicante and Munich serves to show that people aren't picked for their skills and experience; it's like a private club or a clique



  5. Hardly Shocking and Not At All Surprising That Thugs Who Run the EPO Hired External Thugs to Help Them Oppress Aggrieved Staff

    With the EPO's management flooding the bank accounts of aggressive law firms (at our expense) we need to ask serious questions about how such a "Mafia" (what EPO staff calls the management) managed to metastasise inside Europe's second-largest institution and how to remove this "Mafia" as soon as possible (some arrests too are well overdue)



  6. [Meme] There Are No Elections in Mafia-Type Regimes; It's About Family and Friends...

    With no real concept or notion of "elections" (the so-called 'mafia' members choose their successors and colleagues) the EPO's patent examiners clearly need outside intervention, e.g. inquest by the EU authorities (the EPC died and maybe the EPO too; it's unregulated and it grants false patents that harm Europe because the courts don't function, either)



  7. Today's Linux Standing for the Opposite of What Linux Users Stand for

    The so-called 'Linux' Foundation or the "Corporate Linux Foundation" is alienating many of the original users of GNU/Linux and it still insults their intelligence; it's rewriting history, it still distorts the objectives, and before we know Linux will perish and lose momentum because all the excitement associated with the brand will fizzle away



  8. Links 14/6/2021: Kdenlive 21.04.2 and Raspberry Pi 400 Support in Linux

    Links for the day



  9. [Meme] EPO 'Lawfulness' as Crude Budget Wars

    A war of attrition against EPO staff won’t ensure justice is done; it’ll only increase the number of casualties and accomplish nothing good



  10. A Parade of 'Yes Men': EPO's Budget and Finance Committee as Rubber-stamper of the Dictatorship That Pays the Salary

    The lack of oversight at the EPO has long been apparent and it is becoming ever more problematic now that huge sums of money are passed by the EPO's management to law firms whose sole role is to fight against aggrieved EPO staff



  11. Links 14/6/2021: Linux 5.13 RC6, Psychonauts 2 for GNU/Linux

    Links for the day



  12. Conveniently Conflating Vaccination With the Surveillance Business of IBM/Linux Foundation

    The way some media handles COVID-19 can be described as self-serving, especially Microsoft-connected sites looking to make “Linux” sound bad (or like property of Microsoft); the video above discusses this past weekend’s media coverage about “Linux”



  13. [Meme] Microsoft Stooping Down Low in Search of Vapourware With a Superficial Version Bump

    Instead of trying to actually fix its broken (and self-breaking) operating system Microsoft has decided to sell mythology and false promises, as usual



  14. [Meme] Illegal Location, Illegal Methods (Haar ViCo)

    EPC denial is more lethal than anything which the the EPO says may merit 'urgency' (as if having discussions about patents will save lives)



  15. The 'Fixer' of António Campinos Taints G1/21 (ViCo Hearing)

    The meeting which is set to resume at the start of next month includes the 'Fixer' of António Campinos; what sense of impartiality might one expect?



  16. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, June 13, 2021

    IRC logs for Sunday, June 13, 2021



  17. Virtual Injustice -- Part 6: Best Buddies With António

    Benoît Battistelli, António Campinos, and the Hungarian link of the EPO



  18. Classic: Old EPO Strike

    2008 EPO video, predating the Benoît Battistelli EPO regime



  19. Links 13/6/2021: Linux 5.14 Work, Lots of Patent News

    Links for the day



  20. Update on Gemini, IPFS, and IRC

    "The video which was supposed to be a few minutes long ended up taking a lot longer, but it does cover a broad range of topics that are relevant and very recent (based on recent developments)."



  21. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, June 12, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, June 12, 2021



  22. Virtual Injustice -- Part 5: Benoît's “Friends” in Budapest

    "Battistelli went to considerable lengths to secure the support of the Hungarian delegation."



  23. Links 13/6/2021: KDE Frameworks 5.83.0 and helloSystem 0.5

    Links for the day



  24. The Story of Techrights, in Banners...

    A look back at site banners from 2006-2021; they help illuminate or show our changing focus over the years



  25. With KDE Plasma 5.22 Having Just Been Released It's Time to Give KDE a Try (or Move to GNU/Linux, Leveraging the Best Features of Any Operating System Out There)

    A quick recommendation of KDE based on a reasonably recent (but not latest) build; there's this myth about KDE being difficult and flaky, but for a number of decades it has been the most advanced desktop (on any operating system) and its developers managed to hide the complexity while offering users all the power they may want/need



  26. Open Letter to the FSF About Taking Control of the FSF's (and GNU's) IRC Channels

    The FSF should have seized the opportunity, in light of self-harming IRC infighting (instability and unpredictability), to create its own IRC network and then help this new (or "GNU") network flourish



  27. EU Already Captured by -- and Lying for -- Corrupt EPO Officials, Team UPC, and Lobbyists of Multinational Corporations

    12 pages of lies; is the European Parliament reduced to a mere marionette of corrupt officials who run the EPO into the ground?



  28. [Meme] Virtual Code of Conduct (ViCoC)

    Cheapening of basic concepts and principles like "right to be heard" or "access to justice" is an international trend; we need to push back in the direction of justice, not fake 'innovation' or 'tech' (where it clearly does not belong)



  29. IRC Proceedings: Friday, June 11, 2021

    IRC logs for Friday, June 11, 2021



  30. Virtual Injustice -- Part 4: Mihály Ficsor, the EPO's Hungarian “Fixer”

    One key operative of António Campinos, who is fiercely in favour of software patents, has quite a colourful past and background


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts