07.08.17

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On the EPO’s Premises, Investigation After a Small Fall But Not After Suicide of Staff

Posted in Europe, Patents at 7:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

King of his domain; any challenge (even to narrative) is out of the question

Erdoğan and EPO

Summary: The sharp contrast between the attitude of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SWZ) when premises are occupied by King Battistelli and when they’re not

THE EPO drives a lot of its own employees to disability and death. Ask the employees. They will openly speak about it. The EPO is an atrocious employer.

“The EPO is an atrocious employer.”Quite a few EPO deaths are caused by suicide. The latest one happened weeks ago, but EPO management does not want to call it a suicide and it is preventing the authorities from investigating. It refuses to look into this itself, so basically there’s no accountability, inquest etc.

Regarding at least some of the suicides, Bavarian TV found the EPO’s management (with its controversial Stasi-like department [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) to be culpable. The EPO's management was very rattled by these findings and wanted them suppressed.

“Regarding at least some of the suicides, Bavarian TV found the EPO’s management (with its controversial Stasi-like department) to be culpable.”That helps demonstrate the sort of attitude adopted by the management and embraced by Team Battistelli.

The other day we wrote about an incident in the new building — a subject we revisited a couple of days ago because several Dutch-speaking people corrected us by clarifying that the fall was about 3 meters only (one floor) and thus extremely unlikely to be fatal. Well, this is why we typically prefer to wait for coherent translations rather than automated garbage (like that which clueless Battistelli believes can shoulder the UPC* and help replace examiners).

There is finally an English translation from SUEPO [PDF]. It translated one of the reports as follows (highlight is ours):

Person falls metres at new patent office building

RIJSWIJK – According to a police statement, someone fell onto a roof from a higher floor at the European Patent Office (EPO) in Rijswijk on Wednesday morning. A trauma helicopter was called with a mobile medical team on board. The victim has now been stabilised and brought to the hospital.

It is not known exactly what happened. The victim is believed to have fallen a couple of metres. The identity of the victim is not clear. And nor is his or her current condition. The victim is thought to be communicating, however.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SWZ) inspectorate, the former Labour Inspectorate, will investigate the accident. The result is expected in three months.

New building

At the location of the accident, Patentlaan in Rijswijk, work is being carried out on the patent office’s new building. This office, the outline of which can already be seen clearly from the A4 motorway, will be 107 metres high and features a lot of glass.

“Unaccountable lobbying. That’s what the EPO has become.”So a fall is treated more seriously by the Dutch authorities than a person jumping out the window during office hours.

And they still grant the EPO immunity?! And pretend that the EPO deserves to be above the law while ramming the UPC down politicians’ throats, effectively trying to change the law? Unaccountable lobbying. That’s what the EPO has become.
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* The UPC is thankfully stuck, but Team UPC is pressing on with “alternative facts”. Lies that were published yesterday were not exactly lies but half-truths from Bristows LLP. Everybody knows that the British government absolutely cannot proceed with UPC amid Brexit (inherent incompatibility), but be sure Bristows will spin that somehow, framing it as a sign of progress.

Moreover, published on the same day was this latest piece of lobbying; without even knowing the nature of the complaint at all (mere speculations about it) they tell us that the “German UPC challenge [is] statistically likely to fail” (because who needs higher German courts anyway…? Bristows staff knows better than German judges, without knowing anything about the nature of this case).

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