04.21.16

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Bavarian Parliament Discusses EPO Abuses

Posted in Europe, Patents at 8:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Bavarian intervention caused by EPO affairs is now the subject of news reports in Germany

EARLIER this week we noted that EPO abuses were going to be tackled by the Bavarian Parliament. We asked for details whereupon two people wrote to us about it on the same day. One said: “Around 40 members of the public attended. ARD/BR was also present, expect some TV/Radio info. Motion rejected by the CSU. The motion should be debated in plenum in the future. (near future?)”

Here is BR news. The relevant portion is “starting from 08′00″ (BR, 19 April 2016 18:00), available until 26 April 2016,” SUEPO noted.

SUEPO also did a short post about it more than 24 hours after it had happened (“Report on the Bavarian Parliament session about the urgent request regarding the situation of the employees of the EPO”).

“It looks like an ongoing process that is far from done and finished.”“Yesterday,” SUEPO wrote, “the Committee for Federal and European Affairs (Ausschuss für Bundes- und Europaangelegenheiten) of the Bavarian Parliament (Bayerischer Landtag) discussed the situation in the Office. The party “Freie Wähler” proposed a motion, noting the deficits in the staff policies of the EPO (part 1) and demanding the national government to work towards improving the working conditions in the EPO, in particular towards a review of the contested investigation guidelines (part 2 of the motion). The second part of the motion was unanimously approved. The first half, however, was not supported by the large CSU fraction. As a consequence, the motion as a whole did not pass. As a next step, it will be discussed in a full session of the Parliament in a few weeks time.”

One person had told us online that the “motion [got] voted down by the governing party #csu on committee level. Awaiting showdown with debate and final vote in plenary #fw”

It looks like an ongoing process that is far from done and finished.

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A Single Comment

  1. katkatkat said,

    April 21, 2016 at 9:20 am

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    The attitude of the German delegation at the Administrative Council and of the German Government vis-à-vis the manifest abuses at the EPO is simply disgusting. The attitude of the majority of the Bavarian Parliament, in particular of the CSU members, merely confirms the hypocrisy of the Germans. They cannot and should not be trusted.

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