10.01.18

The European Council Fulfills Corrupt Battistelli’s Alleged Promise, Making Christian Archambeau Head of EUIPO

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:48 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

CASDAO with ARCHAMBEAU

Summary: As predicted — if not arranged in advance — Archambeau gets the job of António Campinos; it doesn’t even look like the European Council bothered probing the matter

THE EPO scandals aren’t a thing of the past. They’re a thing of the present and future, as the Alexandre Benalla blunders serve to remind us.

“Corrupt Battistelli is said to have decided behind closed doors who would head the EUIPO, not just the EPO.”Readers may or may not still remember the role played by Belgium in the appointment of António Campinos after Battistelli had allegedly made back room deals. We summarised this recently in light of confirmatory rumours. Corrupt Battistelli is said to have decided behind closed doors who would head the EUIPO, not just the EPO. Overreach? Sure. But Battistelli understands no such concept. He thinks he owns Europe. He’s drunk on power (ENA mentality), which makes Benalla compatible with his needs.

The alleged corruption with Belgium is likely confirmed by this news from World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR), published earlier today just to say:

Christian Archambeau, the former deputy executive director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), has today become executive director of the office.

Archambeau has been serving as acting executive director of the EUIPO since the former director, António Campinos, began his term as president of the European Patent Office (EPO) in July.

On July 13, the Permanent Representatives Committee, which is responsible for preparing the work of the European Council, voted to recommend Archambeau as executive director.

A sister site of WIPR wrote about this too:

Archambeau has been acting executive director of the office since July 1. Prior to that, he worked as the EUIPO’s deputy executive director under former director António Campinos, who joined the European Patent Office (EPO) as president back in July. He originally joined the EUIPO in 2010, and before that he worked in roles including principal director at the EPO and in various management positions at the European Space Agency. He has been the favourite to take over the role since Campinos departed, and on 13 July he was recommended by the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the European Union (COREPER) to fill the vacancy. The European Council subsequently confirmed his appointment in mid-September.

“To get the job in this context it seems to require connections, nepotism. It’s not about what you know but who you know. This is why the leadership at the EPO is so full of incompetent people, mostly French friends of Battistelli and family members.”Everybody at the top is happy. Campinos took Battistelli’s chair at the EPO and gave him a CEIPI chair ‘in return’. Battistelli allegedly wants to head the UPC and a Belgian UPC manipulator must be happy to see his compatriot Archambeau — also a former Vice-President at the EPO — as head of EUIPO. Battistelli seems to have ‘arranged’ the leadership of both the EPO and an EU institution, the EUIPO. Does the the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the European Union (COREPER) care? Does the European Council care? It certainly doesn’t seem so. They just play along; no ‘funny’ questions asked. To get the job in this context it seems to require connections, nepotism. It’s not about what you know but who you know. This is why the leadership at the EPO is so full of incompetent people, mostly French friends of Battistelli and family members.

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