The Union Syndicale Fédérale, also known as USF, is now actively present on various social media platforms such as Linkedln, Twitter and Facebook.
As a member of SUEPO TH (we are an affiliate of USF), we encourage you to follow USF so you don't miss any important information. It is also a great opportunity to interact with other members and become part of the union's online community.
Below is one of the posts on LinkedIn (there are many more posts, including on Facebook and Twitter).
Feel free to share these posts with your colleagues. Again, we look forward to connecting with all of you on social media.
Your SUEPO TH Committee
History of SUEPO
Interested readers can also find out more about the organisation and history of SUEPO The Hague on the website of the local office.
Since the receipt of the first European patent application in June 1978, the EPO has become a leader in the worldwide patent world, and a driving force in European economic integration. Indeed, the European Union has entrusted the EPO with the administration of the European Unitary Patent, once the legislation enters into force. It is the only European Organisation that is not only self-financing, but also generating revenue for the member states.
However, since 2013 the EPO has been experiencing a prolonged crisis, the worst in its history.
The core of the problem is that decisions are made without proper consultation of all stakeholders, which include staff and their representatives. Worse still, any voice of dissent is actively quashed; there have even been instances of violations of fundamental rights, none of which would have been tolerated by the authorities of the members states or in other European institutions. For years, the members states have turned a blind eye to the abuses.
Then, as of 1 July 2018, the Administrative Council appointed a new President of the EPO, Mr António Campinos (of Portugal), with the explicit task of restoring social dialogue. Sixteen months into his presidency, little has changed.
Read more here.