"He gives a warning that the finally internationally recognised status of a judicial authority of the Boards of Appeal of the EPO should not be taken for granted. The problems regarding the status of the Boards of Appeal in terms of institutional independence have been known since long and have been thoughtfully and skillfully presented, he writes, and solutions suggested in a study prpared by the former President of the German Federal Patent Court, Ms A. Sedemund-Treiber and Prof. F. Ferrand, of October 25, 2003. Since this study was submitted to the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, nothing has happened to improve the institutional independence of the Boards of Appeal. According to Straus, rather the opposite seems to be the case. He points out that Mr Teschemacher recently has given a number of reasons why the judicial status of the Boards of Appeal should be treated with even more care than in the past."