Bonum Certa Men Certa

Immunity of the Intellectual Property Office of the European Union Causes Outrage in Spanish Media

Antonio Campinos

Summary: Two stories about the EUIPO and Mr. Campinos, whose son wants to inherit the father's immunity after reportedly "driving without a license, drunk and crashing the car"

LAST year we wrote about Antonio Campinos (above) as the likely successor of Battistelli (or a possible replacement for Battistelli amid calls for his firing/resignation).

We also took note of growing overlap between the EPO and EUIPO, which is led by Antonio Campinos. We wrote about half a dozen articles about it, including [1, 2]. Some believe that a merger is possible in the future, belatedly bringing the EPO under an EU wing (although the EPO covers more than the EU). These two already issue joined 'studies'.

A reader has told us about news that we missed, probably because it's not in English. "The articles are in Spanish," our reader explained. "Approximate translations of the headlines and summaries given below."

1. €¿Debe responder en España de presuntos delitos el director de una institución europea con sede en Alicante?

(Should the director of a European institution based in Alicante be held responsible in Spain for alleged breaches of law?)

From the article: "A court in Alicante has to clarify whether the Director of the Intellectual Property Office of the European Union has immunity from a complaint for misdemeanor filed by a staff member of the organisation to which he refused final invalidity".

2. Papá, €¿me prestas tu inmunidad?

(Papa, can you lend me your immunity)

From the article: "The son of the executive director of the EUIPO, claims this privilege after being charged for driving without a license, drunk and crashing the car

"The Regional Court of Alicante rejects the claim and emphasises that immunity is only applicable to activities which directly concern the operation of the organisation"

We already remarked about the situation at WIPO and the absurdity of immunity, so this is very much timely and relevant.

Recent Techrights' Posts

[Meme] One Person, Singular Pronoun
Abusing people into abusing the English language is very poor diplomacy
New Article From Richard Stallman Explains Why He Says He and She for Unknown Person (Not 'They')
"Nowadays I use gender-neutral singular pronouns for a person whose gender I don't know"
Lookout, It's Outlook
Outlook is all about the sharing!
Updated A Month Ago: Richard Stallman on Software Patents as Obstacles to Software Development
very recent update
Is BlueMail a Client of ZDNet Now?
Let's examine what BlueMail does to promote itself
Ending Software Patents in Recent Years (Software Freedom Fighters MIA)
not a resolved issue
IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, November 29, 2023
IRC logs for Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news
Links 30/11/2023: Rushing Patent Cases With Shorter Trial Scheme (STS), Sanctions Not Working
Links for the day
Links 30/11/2023: Google Purging Many Accounts and Content (to Save Money), Finland Fully Seals Border With Russia
Links for the day
The 'Smart' Attack on Power Grid Neutrality (or the Wet Dream of Tiered Pricing for Power, Essentially Punishing Poorer Households for Exercising Freedom Like Richer Households)
The dishonest marketing people tell us the age of disservice and discrimination is all about "smart" and "Hey Hi" (AI) as in algorithms akin to traffic-shaping in the context of network neutrality
Links 29/11/2023: VMware Layoffs and Too Many Microsofters Going Inside Google
Links for the day
Just What LINUX.COM Needed After Over a Month of Inactivity: SPAM SPAM SPAM (Linux Brand as a Spamfarm)
It's not even about Linux
Microsoft “Discriminated Based on Sexuality”
Relevant, as they love lecturing us on "diversity" and "inclusion"...
IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, November 28, 2023
IRC logs for Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Media Cannot Tell the Difference Between Microsoft and Iran
a platform with back doors
Links 28/11/2023: New Zealand's Big Tobacco Pivot and Google Mass-Deleting Accounts
Links for the day
Justice is Still the Main Goal
The skulduggery seems to implicate not only Microsoft
OpenBSD Says That Even on Linux, Wayland Still Has a Number of Rough Edges (But IBM Wants to Make X Extinct)
IBM tries to impose unready software on users
[Teaser] Next Week's Part in the Series About Anti-Free Software Militants
an effort to 'cancel' us and spy on us
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Professor Eben Moglen on How Social Control Media Metabolises Humans and Constraints Freedom of Thought
Nothing of value would be lost if all these data-harvesting giants (profiling people) vanished overnight
IRC Proceedings: Monday, November 27, 2023
IRC logs for Monday, November 27, 2023
When Microsoft Blocks Your Access to Free Software
"Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches." [Chicago Sun-Times]
Techrights Statement on 'Cancel Culture' Going Out of Control
relates to a discussion we had in IRC last night
Stuff People Write About Linux
revisionist pieces
Links 28/11/2023: Rosy Crow 1.4.3 and Google Drive Data Loss
Links for the day