This month the Dutch periodical Praktijkblad Ondernemingsraad published a coverstory about the sickened atmosphere within the European Patent Organization (EPO) and the manner in which this internationanl organization is run by its president. The article discusses how the work of staff union SUEPO and its branch in The Hague, VEOB, is made impossible, in spite of European human rights norms and international labor law.

With regard to this, SUEPO and VEOB have been represented by lawyers Liesbeth Zegveld, Christiaan Oberman (external) and Brechtje Vossenberg sinds 2013. In 2014, they won an appeal in summary proceedings against the EPO on this topic.

Read the article here (available on Dutch)


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