10/03/2017

[Ministry of Economic Affairs] Answering Questions Written Consultation on the Situation in the European Patent Office

 

Report of the written consultation from the House of Representatives on the situation in the European Patent Office.

The report is in Dutch.
Translations in English, German and French are available.

09/03/2017

[Ministry of Foreign Affairs] Conversation with Vice President of European Patent Office

Letter from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister Bert Koenders, dated 23 February 2017 to the Chair of the House of Representatives.

The original letter is in Dutch. Translations in English, German and French are available.

07/03/2017

[Richard Yung] Question orale sur la dégradation du climat social au sein de l'OEB: réponse du Gouvernement - Richard Yung, senateur des francais de l'etranger

Question orale sur la dégradation du climat social au sein de l'OEB: réponse du Gouvernement - Richard Yung, senateur des francais de l'etranger
Video starts at 2 h 30 mn 22 s
Le 21 février, j’ai interrogé le Gouvernement sur la dégradation du climat social au sein de l'Office européen des brevets (OEB).

Translations are available in English, German and Dutch.

27/02/2017

February 2017 press articles

This document provides a non-exhaustive list of some articles, blog posts or videos published in February 2017 (sorted in reverse chronological order, not necessarily by relevance). Latest additions are highlighted in yellow:

16/02/2017

[Bayerischer Landtag] Antrag - Grundrechte der Bediensteten des Europäischen Patentamts endlich sicherstellen!

Bayerischer Landtag Veröffentlichung vom 02 Februar 2017

Antrag - Grundrechte der Bediensteten des Europäischen Patentamts endlich sicherstellen!

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Bavarian State Parliament published on 02 February 2017

Request - finally ensure the fundamental rights of the staff of the European Patent Office!

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Translations are available in English and French.
 

07/02/2017

January 2017 press articles

This document provides a non-exhaustive list of some articles, blog posts or videos published in January 2017 (sorted in reverse chronological order, not necessarily by relevance). Latest additions are highlighted in yellow:

31/01/2017

Judgment of the Dutch Court of Cassation issued on 20 January 2017

JUDGMENT OF THE DUTCH COURT OF CASSATION IN SUEPO v EPO ISSUED ON 20 JANUARY 2017
Dutch courts have no jurisdiction in European Patent Organisation dispute
The European Patent Organisation can invoke jurisdiction immunity in a dispute with trade unions. That is the ruling issued by the Supreme Court 5 today, and means the Dutch courts have no jurisdiction to examine disputes brought before them between the European Patent Organisation (EPOrg) and two trade unions: the Trade Union of the European Patent Office (VEOB) and the Staff Union of the European Patent Office (SUEPO). Previous rulings by the court in preliminary relief proceedings and the Court of Appeal in The Hague 10 have been set aside by the Supreme Court.


Original judgment text is in Dutch. English translation is available.

 

24/01/2017

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands upholds the EPO’s immunity

We are disappointed to inform you that the Supreme Court of the Netherlands has decided to uphold the EPO’s immunity in the case brought by SUEPO to complain about infringement of fundamental rights.

20/01/2017

[Liesbeth Zegveld] Jurisdictional Immunity Of International Organisations And Rights Of Their Staff

Presentation of Prof. Zegveld at the Council of Europe on 13 December 2016 on Jurisdictional Immunity Of International Organisations And Rights Of Their Staff

The use and abuse of immunity by international organisations is apparently a topic not limited to the EPO - although we may have the dubious honour of holding the worst record so far.
On 13 December 2016, the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe tackled the issue in agenda point 9.
SUEPO’s attorney, Prof. Zegveld, was one of the people invited to make a presentation.
We hope that the debate will trigger a (re-)confirmation of the boundaries of immunity, and lead to a strengthening of the enforcement of staff rights.

04/01/2017

December 2016 press articles

This document provides a non-exhaustive list of some articles, blog posts or videos published in December 2016 (sorted in reverse chronological order, not necessarily by relevance). Latest additions are highlighted in yellow: