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Reader's Post: The Last Delusion of Benoît Battistelli Before His Departure on June 30th

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Summary: "The last delusion of Battistelli before his departure next June 30" -- an informal article contributed by a Techrights reader

FINALLY. Battistelli leaves the EPO to go back to St Germain en Laye where he will, no doubt, manage to upset other, new people.

After 8 years of Battistelli’s brutal regime, the old man leaves the EPO (with a bonus of 600.000 EUR). His legacy? An office where staff is exhausted, managed by fear, isolation and punishment (6 suicides, a 7th avoided by luck last September, hundreds of staff in psycho therapies office-wide, attractiveness of the EPO as employer totally ruined etc), the quality of patents delivered has become totally sub-optimal and is now of much lesser quality than it was under any of his predecessors. Good Luck Mr Campinos!

"And here begins the new (and hopefully last) episode of the saga of this old pathetic man: the building is not finished but Battistelli has given orders so that a floor be terminated before the others, where the ceremony of inauguration will take place."But before his departure, Pharaoh Battistelli wants to enjoy himself a last time and wants to inaugurate his “pyramid”, a rather ordinary building without any real architectural wow effect, but by Jean Nouvel therefore VERY expensive (several hundred million euros financed by patent applicants who pay fees*).

And here begins the new (and hopefully last) episode of the saga of this old pathetic man: the building is not finished but Battistelli has given orders so that a floor be terminated before the others, where the ceremony of inauguration will take place.

"The protocol in the Netherlands provides that on such stone, only the name of the King figure. But Battistelli wants his name to be affixed next to that of the King!"Security rules for the new building require a max. of 400 people per floor and some 300 guests will be invited - this means that once you remove the members of the Administrative Council, the NL officials, only a few top EPO managers (his protégés Requena, Bergot, Kraft, Angermann, Hannart etc), will be there, only not the vast majority of Rijswijk EPO staff.

But the best is yet to come! The King of the Netherlands Willem Alexander is said to inaugurate the building and on this occasion, a commemorative stone must be laid. And this is where things go nuts:

The protocol in the Netherlands provides that on such stone, only the name of the King figure. But Battistelli wants his name to be affixed next to that of the King!

"...EPO Staff in Rijswjik mark your agenda on June 27: the rumour has it that SUEPO plans to organize a surprise event: La Fête à Battistelli - EPO Liberation's Day!"The protocol of the Crown is trying to make Battistelli understand that this must be accepted since this is THE King, to which Battistelli responds that he is at the EPO, the EPO is not the Netherlands, and at the EPO he is THE PRESIDENT and that his name should appear graved on the stone alongside that of the King.

Now faites vos jeux mesdames et messieurs! Place your bet Ladies and Gentlemen! Who will win this pathetic ego match: On the left side 51 years old, Willem Alexander nickname “the King” or on the right side, 68 years old, Benoit Battistelli nickname “El Commandante”?

Of course this story is pathetic beyond repair but so illustrative of the poor sad man.

In any case, EPO Staff in Rijswjik mark your agenda on June 27: the rumour has it that SUEPO plans to organize a surprise event: La Fête à Battistelli - EPO Liberation's Day! _____ * Fees for media placements, too. The EPO's management produced nothing less than a two-page puff piece about it for the latest Gazette (page 1, page 2).

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