10.15.21

The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XIII: Battistelli’s Iberian Facilitators – Spain

Posted in Europe, Patents at 4:29 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part I: Let the Sunshine In!
  2. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part II: A “Unanimous” Endorsement?
  3. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part III: Three Missing Votes
  4. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part IV: The Founding States
  5. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part V: Germany Says “Ja”
  6. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part VI: A Distinct Lack of Dutch Courage
  7. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part VII: Luxembourgish Laxity
  8. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part VIII: Perfidious Albion and Pusillanimous Hibernia
  9. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part IX: More Holes Than Swiss Cheese
  10. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part X: Introducing the Controversial Christian Bock
  11. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XI: “General Bock” – Battistelli’s Swiss Apprentice?
  12. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XII: The French Connection
  13. YOU ARE HERE ☞ Battistelli’s Iberian Facilitators – Spain

António Campinos, Christian Archambeau, and Patricia Garcia Escudero Marquez
António Campinos (centre) flanked by Christian Archambeau (left) and Patricia García-Escudero Márquez (right).

Summary: The EPO‘s António Campinos is an ‘Academy’ of overt nepotism; what Benoît Battistelli did mostly in France Campinos does in Spain and Portugal, severely harming the international image of these countries

Back in June 2013, the Spanish delegation on the EPO’s Administrative Council was headed by Patricia García-Escudero Márquez.

García-Escudero was appointed as Director-General of the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM) in 2012 after Alberto Casado Cerviño had been “rewarded” with a position as EPO Vice-President. Casado Cerviño was a close ally of Battistelli on the EPO’s Administrative Council and he had acted as ad interim Chairman of the Council for the duration of the protracted election procedure which ended in March 2010 with Battistelli’s appointment as the President of the Office (effective as of 1 July 2010).

“Casado Cerviño was a close ally of Battistelli on the EPO’s Administrative Council and he had acted as ad interim Chairman of the Council for the duration of the protracted election procedure which ended in March 2010 with Battistelli’s appointment as the President of the Office (effective as of 1 July 2010).”García-Escudero is known to have close associations with the upper echelons of the notoriously corrupt Spanish conservative party Partido Popular (PP). Her brother, Pío García-Escudero Márquez the 4th Count of Badarán, is a prominent PP member who served as the Speaker of the Spanish Senate between 2011 and 2019.

There is evidence to suggest that García-Escudero’s installation as head of the OEPM was a purely political appointment which was tainted by serious formal irregularities.

“There is evidence to suggest that García-Escudero’s installation as head of the OEPM was a purely political appointment which was tainted by serious formal irregularities.”In any event, during her time on the EPO’s Administrative Council García-Escudero was very much a “captured delegate” who always gave unquestioning support to Battistelli. She was generally regarded as one of his most loyal and subservient "pet chinchillas" on the organisation’s governing body.

In 2016 García-Escudero was rewarded by Battistelli with a position on the EPO’s Boards of Appeal Committee (BOAC). The BOAC is a sub-committee of the EPO’s Administrative Council which is responsible for supervising matters relating to the EPO’s Boards of Appeal.

Patricia Garcia Escudero Marque
Head of the Spanish delegation in 2013: Patricia García-Escudero Márquez.

During her time as head of the Spanish OEPM García-Escudero was also a significant figure in the affairs of the EU trademark agency OHIM/EUIPO in Alicante.

“In 2016 García-Escudero was rewarded by Battistelli with a position on the EPO’s Boards of Appeal Committee (BOAC). The BOAC is a sub-committee of the EPO’s Administrative Council which is responsible for supervising matters relating to the EPO’s Boards of Appeal.”On 1 January 2017, she succeeded the well-connected "IP" maximalist Mihály Ficsor as Chair of EUIPO’s Management Board. This is the governing body of the EU trademark agency which has a function similar to that of the EPO’s Administrative Council.

In 2018, García-Escudero was rumoured to be a possible contender to succeed António Campinos as the Chief Executive of EUIPO.

However, in the end she did not throw her hat into the ring and the position went to the Belgian Christian Archambeau. Archambeau was a former Principal Director at the EPO from where he had been seconded to the EUIPO in December 2010. In Alicante he was installed as second-in-command to the new EUIPO boss António Campinos.

“Because García-Escudero was closely linked to the disgraced PP, the installation of the new PSOE-led government signalled the end of her career at the OEPM.”García-Escudero’s failure to secure the top job in Alicante was probably related to domestic political convulsions which were taking place in Spain at more or less the same time as the EUIPO succession race.

On 1 June 2018, the PP-led government of Mariano Rajoy was toppled by a motion of no confidence. The motion of no confidence was tabled by Pedro Sánchez, the leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), after a court ruling according to which the PP was found to have profited from the illegal kickbacks-for-contracts scheme of the Gürtel case.

“On 25 June 2018, it was announced that the incoming government had appointed José Antonio Gil Celedonio as the new director of the OEPM.”After the collapse of the PP-led government, a new PSOE-led government headed by Sanchez was formed on 7 June 2018.

Because García-Escudero was closely linked to the disgraced PP, the installation of the new PSOE-led government signalled the end of her career at the OEPM.

On 25 June 2018, it was announced that the incoming government had appointed José Antonio Gil Celedonio as the new director of the OEPM.

Jose Antonio Gil Celedonio
Following the collapse of the PP-led government of Mariano Rajoy in June 2018, José Antonio Gil Celedonio replaced García-Escudero as director of the OEPM.

But despite being dismissed as head of the OEPM, all was not lost for García-Escudero.

Although she failed to bag the top job at the EUIPO in 2018, she was rewarded with a consolation prize in March 2019 [PDF] when she was appointed as “Director of the Academy”.

EU Academy and Patricia Garcia Escudero Marque
After her dismissal from the OEPM in June 2018, García-Escudero found a “safe harbour” at the EUIPO in Alicante.

According to the EUIPO’s Web site, the “Academy” is the department of the EU trademark agency which is responsible for all learning and educational activities for EUIPO staff, staff of the national “IP” offices of the EU member states, EUIPO’s users, academia and the public at large.

By a curious coincidence, the position of “Director of the Academy” became vacant in January 2019 after the acting Director – Nellie Simon – had left to take up her new position as EPO Vice-President in Munich. (warning: epo.org link)

“…it remains unclear whether the vacancy was filled by means of an open competition or whether García-Escudero was simply parachuted into it by her cronies in the “European IP Network”.”It’s not clear how exactly García-Escudero managed to get appointed to this position because no vacancy notice can be found. For this reason, it remains unclear whether the vacancy was filled by means of an open competition or whether García-Escudero was simply parachuted into it by her cronies in the “European IP Network”.

That concludes our look at the Spanish delegation which helped to rubber-stamp Battistelli’s “Strike Regulations” in June 2013.

In the next part we will look at the Portuguese delegation which was headed by Maria Leonor Mendes da Trindade, Director of the Portuguese INPI.

From Competitive (Top-Level, High-Calibre, Well-Paid) Jobs to 2,000 Euros a Month — How the EPO is Becoming a Sweatshop by Patent Examiners’ Standards

Posted in Europe, Patents at 3:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum ca252905bd2ac0fbe1f1f56ac3cf6563

Summary: A longish video about the dreadful situation at the EPO, where staff is being ‘robbed’ and EPO funds get funnelled into some dodgy stock market investments (a clear violation of the institution’s charter)

THE CURRENT EPO is a deeply corrupt institution that exists not to advance science and technology but to make the rich even richer. One might think of the boisterous Benoît Battistelli and drunkard António Campinos as either the ‘engineers’ (of the scheme) or mere implementors, working at the behest of their ‘handlers’.

“Monopolistic barbwires actively discourage invention and market participation; those usher in neo- or corporate-feudalism.”As a patent office, the EPO is already failing. It seems to be better at bribing scholars and so-called 'journalists' in order to restrict access to information. This is what some cults or organised crime syndicates do, hiding behind a veil or secrecy and PR stunts. The video goes through the articles below and discusses why it’s a very big deal. With anti-strike regulations having been ruled unlawful, it took no more than 2 months for Team Campinos to bring a bunch of people aboard (minimal vetting), ready to potentially replace existing workers at about one fifth the salary. As if patent examination is just some production pipeline; the ramifications associated with fake patents in large volume were explored in scholarly literature for decades. Monopolistic barbwires actively discourage invention and market participation; those usher in neo- or corporate-feudalism.

Articles from the video:

  1. With EPO ‘Strike Regulations’ Belatedly Ruled Unlawful, EPO Management May be Lowering the Salary Even Further by Introducing Outside ‘Temps’ or Casual Workers
  2. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XII: The French Connection
  3. New Leak: Today’s EPO Breaks Its Contract With Former Staff of the EPO, Not Just Existing Staff
  4. ILOAT Finally Overturns Battistelli’s Vichyite Strike Regulations
  5. EPO May be Financially Defrauding the Public and Its Employees

[Meme] Protecting European Patent Courts From EPO ‘Mafia’

Posted in Europe, Patents at 1:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EPO is ours. Next: UPC! Stay out of our business! UPCA: It's illegal
UPC is an attempt to do to all patent courts in the EU what litigation lobbyists did to the EPO, which actually used to be good

Summary: With flagrant disregard for court rulings (or workarounds to dodge actual compliance) it seems clear that today’s EPO management is allergic to justice and to judges; European Patents perish at unprecedented levels in national European courts and it should be kept that way

With EPO ‘Strike Regulations’ Belatedly Ruled Unlawful, EPO Management May be Lowering the Salary Even Further by Introducing Outside ‘Temps’ or Casual Workers

Posted in Europe, Patents at 8:43 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Force-feeding Europe their unconstitutional vision

Scabs

Summary: Institutional capture by an ‘IP’ (litigation) Mafia is nearly complete; with illegal so-called (anti) ‘Strike Regulations’ out the door, they’re quickly moving on to another plan, or so it seems on the surface

SEVERAL days ago I saw and then publicly mentioned this new post from Scotland, which said (it is already in Daily Links along with some editorial comments, expressing disbelief and wondering what this whole thing even means):

The University of Stirling has joined the Pan-European Seal Programme, a prestigious EU training scheme, becoming the first in Scotland to partner with Europe’s leading Intellectual Property (IP) organisations: the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO).

[...]

The Pan-European Seal Programme is jointly organised by Europe’s IP Offices, EPO and EUIPO, and offers paid, trainee roles in Alicante or Munich.

What is that? Remember that EPO and EUIPO are deeply connected (also in a corrupt sense) and there’s an influx/flow of unsuitably trained managers from Alicante to Munich (notably António Campinos and his cronies). Yesterday the Central Staff Committee (CSC) of the EPO circulated a publication to explain what this new programme is all about. It bears resemblance to something from the Benoît Battistelli era, aside from the Serco outsourcing [1, 2]. Likely illegal from the EPC’s perspective, but who pays attention to the EPC anymore? It’s just some paper, right? And staff’s rights can be abolished through contracting to some foreign firms.

We already know that EPO managers bribe academia for bogus ‘studies’ and bribes media for propaganda or silence (including censorship of already-published articles about Serco outsourcing), so it’s useful to hear what this “Pan-European Seal Programme” is really about. It definitely sounds like a race to the bottom. “A new group of Pan-European Seal trainees joined the EPO in mid-September,” the CSC tells staff, “and one or more of these trainees may have recently joined your team or directorate. If you have wondered who they are, how they are affiliated with the EPO, and what their role is, this publication serves to provide a summary of the information available to us, and we hope it can be of use to answer some of your queries.”

To me, personally, it certainly sounds like bringing low-cost labour from elsewhere, then forcing you to train the people who will later replace you. Only years ago the EPO limited the length/span of work contracts to just 5 years. Should workers be reading the writings on the wall? Maybe not. The CSC publication is trying to be cordial and informative. We reproduce it below.

Zentraler Personalausschuss
Central Staff Committee
Le Comité Central du Personnel

Munich, 14/10/2021
sc21125cp

The Pan-European Seal Trainee Programme – What is it?

Dear Colleagues,

A new group of Pan-European Seal (PES) trainees joined the EPO in mid-September, and one or more of these trainees may have recently joined your team or directorate. If you have wondered who they are, how they are affiliated with the EPO, and what their role is, this paper serves to provide a summary of the information available to us, and we hope it can be of use to answer some of your queries.

The Pan-European Seal programme is jointly organised by the EPO and EUIPO, and in collaboration with almost 100 member Universities, provides recently graduated students with paid, year-long traineeships that are described as “on-the-job work experience and professional training”. Although the PES programme was introduced at the EPO in 2015, you may have only become aware of it more recently, since the number of trainees is steadily increasing year-on-year, from 32 in 2015 to 117 in 2021, this scaling up due to its inclusion in the SP2023.

The PES programme is open to applicants who already hold a bachelor’s/master’s degree, no more than two years after their most recent graduation, with language requirements of “a minimum level of B1” in any of the three official languages or “a very good level of English; knowledge of French or German is an advantage” depending which part of the same webpage is accurate. The graduates must first be shortlisted by their universities and then undergo a selection process by the EPO. The successful candidates are paid 2000 Euros per month, subject to local taxes, and the traineeship usually lasts 12 months, although the period was extended last year, and SP2023 documentation implies the expansion to a “2-year traineeship”. It is noted that many of these trainees are very likely already fully qualified for a regular appointment at the EPO, since the requirements for recruitment in job group 1-4 are a diploma at “master’s level” and “excellent knowledge of one official language and ability to understand one other”, and lower for recruitment in job groups 5-6.

The trainees are deployed all across the Office in different departments. There are positions open for the trainees in seemingly all areas of the EPO, including formalities, HR, communications, talent academy, and interpreting. Within DG1, the examiner trainees are assigned to teams within selected areas of expertise. They follow “Course A” of the newcomer examiner academy training, and are then performing core search and examination work under the supervision of a mentor. This outsourced work is checked and signed off by their mentor, to whom the resulting points/actions are assigned. The very limited feedback we have received from mentors thus far is that they are satisfied with this arrangement and that the trainees are well equipped to complete the tasks assigned to them.

The SP2023 programme passport of the PES scheme gives some indication of the intentions and future directions that the EPO is planning. In particular, it defines a benefit of the programme to be feeding “the talent acquisition pipeline” and that information regarding job vacancies will be communicated to current and former PES trainees. It further defines the goal of providing a “new legal and administrative framework” to be included in the CODEX that allows the trainees to be “considered as employees” and offers trainees “conditions of employment similar to those of other employees of the Office”.

Finally, on behalf of the Staff Representation, we would like to extend a warm welcome to all the new PES trainees! Should you want any assistance or advice, you are invited to contact us at centralstaffcommittee@epo.org and we will do our best to help. If you are a mentor or otherwise involved in the PES programme and would like to share your experience, please also get in touch with us.

The Central Staff Committee

The CSC seems overly optimistic here, perhaps avoiding potential alienation/embarrassment to newcomers, but with a management that steals from pensioners while lying about "a gap" anything can be believed…

The EPO is being plundered. EU officials and German officials look the other way as quality of patents collapses. We know too well who stands to lose and who stands to gain from this. This is another UPC but at the level of the granting authority (Office) rather than the courts all across the EU.

Staff can strike? Take them all out!
The only strike oligarchs approve of is a drone strike (assassination). Union-busting or union-bombing? With the veneer of “academia”…

10.14.21

The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XII: The French Connection

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

Series parts:

  1. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part I: Let the Sunshine In!
  2. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part II: A “Unanimous” Endorsement?
  3. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part III: Three Missing Votes
  4. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part IV: The Founding States
  5. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part V: Germany Says “Ja”
  6. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part VI: A Distinct Lack of Dutch Courage
  7. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part VII: Luxembourgish Laxity
  8. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part VIII: Perfidious Albion and Pusillanimous Hibernia
  9. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part IX: More Holes Than Swiss Cheese
  10. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part X: Introducing the Controversial Christian Bock
  11. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XI: “General Bock” – Battistelli’s Swiss Apprentice?
  12. YOU ARE HERE ☞ The French Connection

French INPI
Exploring the role of the French delegation in the adoption of Battistelli’s Vichyite “Strike Regulations”.

Summary: The EPO‘s presidency (led by Frenchmen for nearly 15 years out of the past 18 years; Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos are both French despite their somewhat misleading surnames) is extremely unlikely to even be mildly scrutinised by the French delegates because of a web of nepotism and protectionism

At the 136th meeting of the EPO’s Administrative Council in June 2013, the French delegation was headed by Yves Lapierre who was assisted by his deputy Fabrice Claireau.

Lapierre took over at the helm of the French INPI in August 2010 following Battistelli’s appointment as EPO President.

“From this it would appear that Lapierre did not have much prior experience in “IP” matters before taking over the top job at the INPI.”Before becoming head of the INPI, Lapierre had worked at the French Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique – CEA). Between 2003 and 2010 he was employed at AREVA, a French multinational group headquartered in Paris and specializing in nuclear power and renewable energy.

From this it would appear that Lapierre did not have much prior experience in “IP” matters before taking over the top job at the INPI. Same as Battistelli for that matter. It seems that he was mostly reliant on the guidance and counsel of his subordinates for the purpose of running the national “IP” office.

Yves Lapierre and Fabrice Claireau
The French representatives: head of delegation Yves Lapierre and his deputy Fabrice Claireau.

In particular, when it came to EPO affairs, Lapierre was more or less dependent on the “advice” provided to him by his deputy Fabrice Claireau.

Claireau was the INPI’s longtime Director of Legal and International Affairs. Of particular significance here is that Claireau had already served in this capacity under Battistelli during the latter’s tenure as head of the INPI between 2004 and 2010.

Fabrice Claireau
Fabrice Claireau served as the INPI’s Director of Legal and International Affairs under Benoît Battistelli from 2004 onwards. Source: INPI Annual Report 2006.

Given Claireau’s key “advisory” role in relation to EPO affairs, it’s hardly surprising that the French delegation under Lapierre gave its unquestioning support to Battistelli and voted in favour of his Vichyite "Strike Regulations" in June 2013.

“Of particular significance here is that Claireau had already served in this capacity under Battistelli during the latter’s tenure as head of the INPI between 2004 and 2010.”Some time later in April 2016 – after the Administrative Council had passed a resolution trying to reign in Battistelli and curb his abusive actions toward EPO staff – Lapierre made a statement to the French press in which he confirmed the official French view that the “reforms” being pursued by Battistelli were necessary and that it was important to implement them.

On that occasion he did manage to express some disquiet about the manner in which these “reforms” were being implemented: «les réformes sont nécessaires, il est important de les mettre en place, mais ce qui m’interroge, c’est la manière».

“Given Claireau’s key “advisory” role in relation to EPO affairs, it’s hardly surprising that the French delegation under Lapierre gave its unquestioning support to Battistelli and voted in favour of his Vichyite “Strike Regulations” in June 2013.”It’s not quite clear what exactly Lapierre intended to convey here, apart from trying to salve his own guilty conscience.

If you are prepared to advocate and rubber-stamp “reforms” which abrogate fundamental rights – which is exactly what Lapierre and his peers on the Administrative Council did in June 2013 – then you are essentially paving the way for abuses of authority and a deleterious social climate. It makes no sense whatsoever to call such measures “necessary” while at the same time purporting to deplore their inevitable consequences.

Lapierre’s term at the head of the French INPI ended when he retired in November 2016.

As for Claireau, he had departed from the INPI sometime earlier, towards the end of 2014.

By a strange “coincidence” Claireau resurfaced shortly afterwards at the EU trademark agency OHIM/EUIPO in Alicante where he was appointed [PDF] as chef-de-cabinet to the agency’s Executive Director, António Campinos. The chef-de-cabinet is responsible for the “cabinet” which assists and advises the Executive Director in the general running of the agency and the implementation of its strategy.

“…it’s difficult to avoid the impression that Claireau received his new position in Alicante as a reward for his services as Battistelli’s faithful “mole” on the French EPO delegation from 2010 onwards.”It’s not clear how exactly Claireau managed to get this job because no vacancy notice can be found. It thus remains unclear whether the position was filled by means of an open competition or whether Claireau was simply parachuted into it by his cronies in the “European IP Network”.

In any event, it’s difficult to avoid the impression that Claireau received his new position in Alicante as a reward for his services as Battistelli’s faithful “mole” on the French EPO delegation from 2010 onwards.

Claireau’s appointment to such a senior position in Alicante indicates that is part of the inner “circle of trust” of the Battistelli-Campinos clique which has come to dominate both the EPO and EUIPO to the detriment of their good governance.

Claireau and Martti Enäjärvi
Claireau (left) with EUIPO “Special Advisor” Martti Enäjärvi (right) at a WIPO Symposium in Krakow (2011).

Claireau’s soujourn in Alicante ended sometime in 2018 when he returned to France to take up a position as legal advisor to the Secrétariat général des affaires européennes (SGAE). His position as Campinos’ chef-de-cabinet in Alicante was “inherited” by his deputy, Niloofar “Nellie” Simon. Simon later joined Campinos at the EPO in Munich as predicted by Techrights in October 2018.

The SGAE where Claireau now works is a French government body under the direction of the Prime Minister. It is responsible for inter-ministerial coordination in European affairs and its function is to ensure the coherence and unity of France’s position in relation to the EU and OECD.

“The SGAE where Claireau now works is a French government body under the direction of the Prime Minister. It is responsible for inter-ministerial coordination in European affairs and its function is to ensure the coherence and unity of France’s position in relation to the EU and OECD.”More recently, Claireau was spotted with Richard Yung, a former Principal Director in the EPO’s International and Legal Affairs Directorate who now heads the French National Anti-Counterfeiting Committee (CNAC).

During the Battistelli era at the EPO, Yung was openly critical of his compatriot’s excesses. More recently, he seems to have become a rather uncritical cheerleader for the French branch of Team UPC.

In May 2021, together with Max Brunner, an official from the French Ministry of Justice, Claireau and Yung conducted an inspection of premises which have been earmarked for the French division of the Unified Patent Court (UPC).

Fabrice-Claireau-UPC
Fabrice Claireau (left) inspecting premises earmarked for the UPC in Paris in the company of Richard Yung (right) and Max Brunner (centre) from the French Ministry of Justice.

That more or less wraps up our look at the French representatives who gave their unqualified endorsement to Battistelli’s Vichyite "Strike Regulations" in June 2013.

“In May 2021, together with Max Brunner, an official from the French Ministry of Justice, Claireau and Yung conducted an inspection of premises which have been earmarked for the French division of the Unified Patent Court (UPC).”As far as Lapierre and Claireau are concerned, one thing which can be said without fear of contradiction is that during their time on the EPO’s Administrative Council neither of them showed any particular concern for their duty of care to EPO staff.

The inimitable duo were more at home rubbing shoulders with high-ranking representatives of French industry such as Yves Carcelle, CEO of Louis Vuitton, which forms part of the luxury goods conglomerate LVMH controlled by the prominent French plutocrat Bernard Arnault.

Claireau-and-Louis-Vuitton-CEO
Claireau (left) and Lapierre (right) posing for a photo-op with Louis Vuitton CEO Yves Carcelle (centre) in 2010.

Before concluding, it is worth noting that the position adopted by the French delegation on the EPO’s Administrative Council is often followed by the representatives from France’s traditional "Club Med" allies, the Iberian nations Spain and Portugal, as well as Italy.

“As far as Lapierre and Claireau are concerned, one thing which can be said without fear of contradiction is that during their time on the EPO’s Administrative Council neither of them showed any particular concern for their duty of care to EPO staff.”In the case of Battistelli’s “Strike Regulations”, Spain and Portugal followed the lead give by France and voted in favour. However, as we shall see in due course, Italy decided to withhold its support by abstaining.

In the upcoming parts we will take a look at the Spanish and Portuguese delegations and we will return to the Italian delegation in a later part of the series.

[Meme] Another Maladministration Meeting Comes to an End

Posted in Europe, Patents at 4:41 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Virtual ‘oversight’

Lisa Block Tower: EPO Oversight, EPO Out of Sight

Summary: Did the EPO‘s overseeing body properly tackle Benoît Battistelli‘s illegal acts, authorised by that very same overseeing body? Don’t hold your breath as António Campinos continues to crack down on staff (maybe ILOAT will rule on it in 2030)

Splitting the Time to Cover More Leaks and Exposés

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 1e7df6305daaed83cf134276fb2a02b4

Summary: We take stock of Part 11 of the ongoing EPO series (“EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion”) and explain what caused various delays yesterday; we may have to up our pace a little in order to keep up with an influx of leaks and whistleblowers

THE LASTEST three articles [1, 2, 3] serve to remind us that EPO abuses implicate staff everywhere in Europe, states everywhere in Europe, and media in Europe (and beyond Europe). When labour rights get crushed with impunity, the media takes bribes to do marketing instead of journalism and when we’re meant to think this is perfectly “normal” everybody loses.

“At this current pace we should have a part published each day until the last day of this month.”Having just started a new GitHub exposé (can be anywhere between a dozen parts and two dozen parts), we hope to still manage to post a part of the EPO series every midnight, then prepare a video to discuss it. At this current pace we should have a part published each day until the last day of this month.

[Meme] Destroying the Workplace

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:40 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Chinese labour standards, one stage at a time…

Team Campinos

Summary: The working conditions at the EPO continue to worsen under the António Campinos regime, perpetuating the decade-long 'demolition project' of Benoît Battistelli and his cohorts in the complicit Administrative Council

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