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Open letter from EPO staff pleads with country reps to fire president

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Charles Gilbert
Jun 22, 2016 19:30
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King Battistelli faces ousting from his subjects

Tension between staff and management at the European Patent Office EPO has descended into open warfare with the publication of an open letter by some staff, calling on the organization's Administrative Council to get rid of its president.

The letter, signed by a group calling itself the EPO-FLIER Team, goes through an extensive catalogue of problems at the organization, but focuses on its claim that president Benoit Battistelli is undermining the organization through his actions.

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It also makes the serious claim that the EPO's quality checking system has been designed to always return positive results, regardless of actual quality.

The way it has been designed, it will always indicate excellent quality, no matter what the actual quality is," the letter states.

It points to a number of "high-profile events that seem to be mainly instigated for the greater glory of the President," and his hiring of several personal bodyguards – seemingly in response to staff cutting the brakes on Battistelli's bicycle – as symbols of his imperious reign.

The letter ends by noting that the Administrative Council will be "in the spotlight" later this month, and pleads: "Please do what needs doing: restore a constructive climate at the EPO."

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