The EPO seeks a Berlin lobbyist. The EPO still did not learn its lesson and continues to disrespect the political sphere and basic standards of good governance. Or as our friends from the Commission Minor and Stoll write :
The immediate consequence of this technological evolution is that one of the issues that is becoming acute is the current lack of political governance in the field of patents. This is directly relevant to the EPO: it cannot continue to look at patents as a purely technical issue, where patents are granted and then used purely as a technical and economic exercise - the big question is whether the political world exercises sufficient influence.
They also add:
It is interesting that the new President of the EPO has been to Brussels more often in his six-month term than his predecessor in the course of his entire mandate.
The question is of course what the "political world" is or "who governs". The horse enjoys to ride its rider. Surely the EPO is a perfect show case for administrative abuse … "you cannot leave patent
policy to the legislator".