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EPO Management on Trial Tomorrow, But It Stated Upfront It Would Not Obey the Legal Ruling While It Rigs Its Own Rulings

EPO management even lies to EPO staff about its rulings, which are based on highly dubious proceedings

China and The Hague
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Willy Minnoye caricature
February 2016



Summary: Hearings in The Hague begin (or resume) tomorrow, but whatever the outcome may be, Team Battistelli arrogantly reminded us that it would refuse to respect rulings from the highest court at The Hague, much like China's government

THE links in yesterday's daily summary (we posted two summaries yesterday) contain a couple dozen stories about China refusing to honour a ruling from The Hague. Maybe it'll be a convenient subject for discussion on Battistelli's next SIPO journey as the EPO too ignores The Hague, except when it comes to setting up branches near The Hague. EPO management is about to go on trial again (Supreme Court) and according to this report it will begin tomorrow. SUEPO is understandably quiet as preparations are required.



Lawlessness at the EPO has become the standard. Laws and rules are habitually broken (even by the President himself), external trials are snubbed, independent judges are crushed, and internal 'justice' uses bogus or fabricated evidence in order to implement anything the President asks for. Writing about the immunity of Battistelli, one person shared the following:

Indeed, no. He even enjoys more immunity than "us employees", as he gets full diplomatic immunity according to the Vienna agreement... Even from his sending state, as all member states must accord it to him....

The president alone proposes the agenda, but the moment the AC meeting has started, the AC can amend and change the agenda. They can remove topics, add topics, change the order. But only with majority vote. (The AC approves the agenda.) The topics as preliminary published and set by the president is therefore a mere proposal and non-binding to anyone.


"The president alone proposes the agenda, but the moment the AC meeting has started, the AC can amend and change the agenda," says the above. But they quite evidently did not. Battistelli has managed to totally distract everyone from the abuses for which he and his goons come under fire from courts at The Hague. Who needs immunity when one controls the agenda of a meeting that only takes place 4 times a year? The game is rigged. Writing about the "outmanoeuvred" hypothesis (Battistelli manipulating the Administrative Council), one person asks: "Really? With only one vote against (NL) and two abstentions (HU, IT)? C'mon..."

This serves to show just how rigged it all was. They didn't even discuss the pressing issues like Battistelli's abuses and demands from Battistelli. Later on a debate developed around whether Battistelli got what he wanted or not. It went like this:

...the latest amended document isn't perfect, but it is a million miles from what Battistelli wanted.

He's presented three or four proposals over the last 18 months. Each time the AC has told him to go back and think again. That's why it has taken so long.

Remember that originally BB had planned to ask the AC for a final decision way back at the March 2015 AC meeting. But then the controversy over the house ban of a BoA member blew up, so he realised that he wasn't going to get all his own way. So instead of a final decision, he merely asked the AC for an opinion on CIPA's suggestion that he should delegate powers to a new President of the Boards of Appeal. (Do you really think that BB liked the idea of delegating power to someone else?)

Further proposals followed, but weren't good enough. Eventually, in February/March this year there was a huge bust-up, where the AC told BB that his proposal was still not acceptable, so Board 28 would tell him what it should say. Even then, during the June AC meeting they further amended what he had produced.

Of course, on each occasion BB's PR machine has issued a communique on the AC's behalf, saying that the AC was extremely happy with his proposals. But do you seriously believe everything you read in official communiques?


One person asked, "could it be that BB [Battistelli] is creating side-shows about issues that really do not matter that much to him" or distracts from abuses against his staff? Here is the full comment:



I fear that your comments rather reveal what I was most afraid of, namely a perception amongst some representatives to the AC that it is enough that BB has been battered back from his (apparently) preferred position on certain issues.

Let me be clear: avoiding an even more ridiculous alternative can hardly be counted as a "victory" if the outcome is still ridiculous. Also, has the AC not considered that, if BB were being particularly cunning, he might well make all of his initial positions so ridiculous that what ends up being passed by the AC nevertheless still gives him (at least) what he had secretly hoped for?

There is also the possibility of "sacrificial pawn" tactics. That is, could it be that BB is creating side-shows about issues that really do not matter that much to him, simply in order to ensure that he keeps a free hand on the issues that are truly important? Having to make some small concessions on minor issues is not such a high price to pay for ensuring you achieve your ultimate objectives.

I now understand more about how events have come to pass, but that additional knowledge has done nothing other than give me less cause for optimism. This is because my worst fears have been confirmed: the President really does control the agenda and is making fools of the representatives to the AC who oppose him. Also, with seemingly total immunity, it seems that the President really has nothing to fear... not even committing acts that, if judged under national laws, might land him in jail.

I really hope that there is someone out there who can figure out a way of fixing this, because I fear that there is worse to come for the European patent system if BB is neither jettisoned nor brought to heel.


The following comment said that the "latest outcome" is what Battistelli "wanted all along" as the appeal boards lost their independence (the EPO lied about it).



sorry but I can't agree that the latest outcome is what BB wanted all along. I fear you have been taken in by his constant propaganda that the AC thinks he is wonderful and accepts everything he says.

All you can really say is that the AC could have done more on some of the issues. But viewed objectively, while the outcome is not perfect, neither is it favourable for BB.


The debate missed the point that Battistelli controls people by appointment now. The latest comment said this:



Can you really claim to know what BB wanted all along? I am not saying that I can either, but the point that I was making is that his tactics may be a lot more manipulative than is currently perceived. Perhaps, unlike me, you have not had your eyes opened to the fact that there are some individuals out there who will make a huge fuss (and fight tooth and nail) about an issue that really is of little consequence to them, simply in order to improve their negotiating position on other points.

From my perspective, the conclusion that "neither is it favourable to BB" just does not cut the mustard. I would instead have preferred a sane and sensible reform of (the rules of conflict of interest for) the Boards of Appeal - whereas the reform that we got does not meet either of those criteria.

Compromise is of course a very "European" way of doing things, and is no doubt essential in fora such as the AC. All I am saying is that just realise when you are being played - and when it is time to stand up to bullying behaviour and draw a line in the sand that shall not be crossed. Breaching provisions of the EPC and making threats to the EBoA really ought to have been such a line.


"Breaching provisions of the EPC and making threats to the EBoA," as the above put it, are just two among dozens of Battistelli abuses. In tomorrow's hearing only few among these will be considered by the court. If Battistelli was found guilty for only one of those dozens of abuses, he would not obey the ruling. That would only further embarrass the Office.

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