time for battiselli to file a patent application
Methods and Procedures for continuing employment.
I'm sure he'd make sure it to be approved then he'd make a killing off the royalties.
A determined effort to take action against the president of the European Patent Office, Benoit Battistelli, has faltered again thanks to some strategic maneuvering by his defenders. In the lead-up to a two-day meeting of the organization's Administrative Council in Munich this week, a number of European countries made a …
If the situation is so bad, why are the ordinary staff still working there? Can't they quit? Is the EPO also immune to constructive dismissal suits?
I'd love to see how he and his management cronies would cope with having to do all the actual work themselves, or trying to find replacements skilled and willing (and uninformed) enough to take up the jobs.
Cant they quit? Its not like there are lots of Patents offices in the city. Even if they could get other jobs with the hope of returning there would be serious interruptions and changes to T&C and pensions. I'm guessing Battistelli can walk away with the ball as far as the staff are concerned. The 'management' probably think this is a good time to ask for a pay rise due to 'difficult times'.
I live in the Hague and I know people who work for the EPO. They pay no income tax, although that is partly taken into account when setting salaries, subsidised private schooling for the kids and other very nice benefits. I'm not sure about this pressure on staff not to take sick days and then get home inspections. I know someone who went officially sick for more than a year, spending at least half of that working less than half a day a week during "reintroduction".
Bluntly - all the people I know who work for the EPO are in single income families who live in large houses in (very) nice parts of the Hague (which is an expensive city to live in).
I can imagine that there is some reluctance to leave, despite the bad working conditions reported. Sort of carrot and stick - the stick is the difficulty of finding another job in the same line or work, the carrot is the money.
Given the mans tenacity in digging into what is presumably a comfortable niche, one wonders why Battistelli simply doesn't behave like such a massive disk to his staff. Is he simply such a massive arsehole that behaving like that is the reason that he likes the position or is it some sort of unintended consequence of whatever he is up to? Could it be just a socio-pathic version of bogies?
We keep reading in El Reg once or twice a week how it is horrible to work at EPO, or how EPO is broken, or how everything is wrong at EPO.
I asked then myself: if EPO is so broken, then there should be consequences on granted patents, right? I checked then how many requests were made and how many patents were granted by EPO since 2010, when the current president who is so despised came to office:
2010: 58,117 - 235,731
2011: 62,108 - 244,995
2012: 65,655 - 258,500
2013: 66,707 - 265,918
2014: 64,613 - 274,367
2015: 58,419 - 279,002
2016: 95,940 - 296,227.
In 6 years, numbers of fillings grew by 25%, granted patents grew by 65%.
If EPO is such a mess, why does it work better in term of results?
I don't understand why you would imagine that the number of patents approved in any way diminishes the fact that the EPO management is mistreating its employees.
That's what the stories and the strikes and the public rebukes and the critical reports have all been about: the president is trying to force through changes that he believes will make the EPO more efficient and when he's met with anything but compliance, he reacts very aggressively.
Battistelli created an investigation team that carried out surveillance of union workers that is illegal under the laws in the countries where they are based. He has run disciplinary hearings that have been criticized by all arms of the EPO and by politicians, and other staff unions and even the ILO. His own administrative council ordered him to stop - and he ignored it.
Each time the EPO's checks and balances have been invoked, Battistelli has responded by changing the rules to award himself greater power. And when he is faced with increasingly angry people around him, he responds by diminishing them and by using the EPO's resources against them. Or, in the case of his personal bodyguards, using the EPO's funds to benefit himself.
The EPO management team is well aware that increasingly the number of patents processed is likely to result in lower quality but rather than work hard on making that work, or facing up to the issue and recognizing a likely drop but arguing it will rebound (and providing targets and metrics for recover), it has done what every bad management team in history has done: fixed the results.
The new quality standards have been specifically designed to allow management to hide any drops in quality.
Now if, after all that, you feel you can simply point at the number of patents granted and say: wow, they're doing a terrific job, then you are either willfully ignorant or painfully short-sighted. Unfortunately you would not be alone: a large number of the administrative council members also appeared to be persuaded that so long as the numbers look good, you can ignore the day-to-day workings of the organization.
Is there a crisis at EPO? Yes. What is the reason? Several possible explanations.
1. The boss is an ugly bastard who wants to break people for the pleasure of breaking them, because he is a sadistic dictator. This is the explanation you uses at length.
2. The boss tries to make changes and to implement a merit system. As a result, he faces a caste who wants to defend its privileges and absolutely refuses to be judged on merit and being held accountable.
Because we have only words from one side or another, it's hard to tell. Nothing being totally black or white, I guess the truth is in between - shade of grey.
There are many, many wage slaves in Europe and around the World who are much more harassed, exploited, subjects to moral or physical violence. It seems to me this is a total lack of respect to them to describe EPO as Hell on Earth.
It seems potemkine has never heard of fundamental human rights. Battistelli has no respect for fundamental human rights, the rule of law, even not for the European Patent Convention, and the dignity of each and every person. He has shown that he has no idea what IP is. He has no idea how to manage a patent office. The payment and other conditions, holidays, European school of the EPO are not the problem. Mr.Battistelli tells the world outside the EPO that everything is going well in the EPO. Quality and production are top. Most of the EPO personel like him and his decisions are all right and not in conflict with any law. No decision of him is against human rights. His values are democracy, freedom, as well as respect for the rule of law and the dignity of each and every person. But why does Battistelli not accept that independent persons analyse the situation in the EPO and confirm that Battistelli is right and doing everything well. Than the problems are solved. If not......Is there something Battistelli has to hide?.
Number of applications is a dodgy statistic which includes some formal applications in China which never proceed due to no fee being paid. You need the lower figure of applications which ever come to the EPO. Granting more doesn't mean better performance. The Americans used to grant almost all and that was criticised (rightly) for being too easy. There is a balance between rejecting some and granting some based on whether they meet the criteria. The danger is to too easily drop standards to grant more.
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