03.05.17

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EPO President Benoît Battistelli, Like Far-Right Politicians, is a Great Danger to Europe

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Benoît Battistelli’s political orientation is right-wing, but his policies go even further to the right

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Summary: Consideration of some of the latest observations and incidents, which make the EPO look like a far-right institution, where human rights and the law are habitually and nonchalantly trampled on

YESTERDAY we took note of an article from The Register which spoke of surveillance aspects. What next? Will workers and visitors also be compelled if not forced to give away their passwords, as pursued in the US under Trump? We kindly ask sources to be extra cautious as it’s clear that Battistelli is now on a fishing expedition. Battistelli’s management is officially rogue and only immunity keeps it in tact, for now.

Somebody has just posted a comment, noting that the Dutch Foreign Minister “talk[ed] with the vice president Minnoye in The Hague [and] Minnoye did not run away,” unlike Battistelli who ‘evacuated’ himself from a meeting with a top Dutch official last year. To quote the entire comment:

The minister of foreign affairs Bert Koenders of The Netherlands had a talk with the vice president Minnoye in The Hague. Minnoye did nut run away.
What Koenders and Minnoye talked about you can read here in a letter of Koenders to the Dutch parlement (see the URL here below).
I am afraid that Benoit Battistelli is not very happy with this letter. The letter is in Dutch. However Google delivers a quite good translation.

https://www.google.com.br/?gws_rd=cr&ei=9bm6WN_9GIGVmQH8yZHgBg#q=brief++Bert+Koenders+aan+de+voorzitter+van+de+tweede+kamer++Minnoye&*

“Back on topic,” wrote another person, “the Dutch foreign minister called in VP1 for a riot act reading about industrial relations. See techrights for report and the ministers official report. Understand bits but needs a translation but bits done by techrights and is bruising.”

“I am afraid that Benoit Battistelli is not very happy with this letter. The letter is in Dutch.”
      –Anonymous
Two people then dropped a link to our article, which unfortunately got published very late on a Friday and thus didn’t reach a broad readership that it deserved.

We remind readers that Minnoye was, as confirmed to us several times, vocal in his concern about EPO leaks. What will his imminent (summertime) departure mean? As mentioned here yesterday, the surveillance appears to be escalating (we could use more leaks related to that, as was the case in 2015), with or without Minnoye. Some of this might be in serious breach of German and Dutch laws.

“Why else would anyone still be working there?”

“Mind boggles that anyone would still be working for Battistelli.”
      –Anonymous
That’s what one person asked about the EPO this weekend. “Mind boggles that anyone would still be working for Battistelli.”

The response that was fast to arrive was: “Or maybe the employees normally like their jobs and are just waiting for Battistelli to be replaced. I’ve worked in a couple of places where the management have a little difficulty realising that certain of their ilk are not fit for the job but unless they actually want to close the EPO then they will find a way of getting rid of this tosser.”

“A patent office with this much trouble is not one anyone in their right mind would consider trustworthy or reliable.”
      –Anonymous
One has to carefully distinguish between the EPO and Team Battistelli, which merely uses the EPO — like a Trojan horse going into a host’s body — for astronomical salaries, an ego boost, and maybe some commercial/political connections/favours, not to mention cronyism or money going outwards to private firms (by the tens of millions per annum).

The impact on the European economy is profound and under Battistelli it has been very negative. As one person pointed out: “A patent office with this much trouble is not one anyone in their right mind would consider trustworthy or reliable. This has serious consequences directly affecting science and technology progress and the secondary effect of affecting applied science and technology for commerce. This problem needs to be fixed immediately. DO NOT let it become the USTPO.” (means USPTO)

“We’re learning the hard way in the US that there really is a difference between business and politics.”
      –Anonymous
“The same happens in business,” another person said. “The people at the top are often borderline psychopaths who can not only do no wrong but can’t conceive of anything going wrong under their watch. And if it does go wrong, not only was it someone else’s fault but it’s not even a problem. It’s just another “opportunity”.”

It already causes great damage to the EU itself. As one person put it, comparing this to Trump: “We’re learning the hard way in the US that there really is a difference between business and politics. Ignoring Trump’s numerous eccentricities for a moment what we have is someone used to sitting at the top of a business organization issuing diktats — “You’re Fired!” — and having them obeyed without question. Or Else. Politics doesn’t work like that, despite the superficial attractions of a dictatorship in reality being a leader is just being the chief cat herder. The EPO problem illustrates the fundamental problem with the EU — what should be a federation of European states with well defined powers for the federal government is a sort of sloppily constructed business entity which spawns organizations that lack accountability and public control. The result may suit many, especially businesses, but it increasingly becomes an unwieldy dictatorship, one that lacks even a Big Brother to point the finger at.”

“The result may suit many, especially businesses, but it increasingly becomes an unwieldy dictatorship, one that lacks even a Big Brother to point the finger at.”
      –Anonymous
Well, there are a couple of new comments to that effect as well, demonstrating how the EPO situation now damages the European Union.

Battistelli at the EPO is a great danger to human rights, to the European Union, the European economy, and so much more. That’s why EPO stakeholders do not tolerate him and if the Administrative Council wasn’t so complicit, they would oust him later this month.

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