27 November 2014Patents

EPO: trouble at the top

At the AIPPI World IP Congress in Toronto in September, Benoît Battistelli, the president of the European Patent Office (EPO), agreed to meet WIPR at the EPO stand. Rather than having an informal chat there, we were taken to a quiet room nearby with a large oval table at its centre, for an exclusive interview.

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18 March 2015   A group of staff at the European Patent Office has written to the office’s supervisory body, the Administrative Council, explaining why it thinks the office’s president Benoît Battistelli is “bad for Europe”.
13 May 2015   Staff at the European Patent Office have called for another demonstration and have said actions will take place every month until their grievances have been resolved.
17 June 2015   The European Patent Office’s staff union has claimed that its longstanding concerns about data protection procedures at the office raise questions about the EPO’s ability to administer the unitary patent.