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The legal brief of Wei Lei, the UN patent body's CIO – temporarily suspended amid a probe into an allegation of misconduct – is claiming that Geneva's Public Prosecutor has opened its own investigation into the case. As revealed by The Reg late last year, Lei gave evidence in an inquiry by the United Nations Office of Internal …

  1. Alister Silver badge

    So let me get this straight, for borrowing a colleague's bank card (with permission?) to withdraw some money, Lei has been suspended and investigated by WIPO, who meanwhile have failed to do anything about Gurry, who used undue influence to award a contract to a friend?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      > So let me get this straight...

      And the person suspended for borrowing the bank card just happens - by pure coincidence - to be the one who made the allegation of corruption against Gurry.

    2. lglethal Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Actually its more like this: based on an allegation that Mr Lei apparently stole a colleagues bank card and withdrew money from it, although neither the police nor the bank have even been asked if a bank card was ever used at the supposed time or was reported stolen, and that the person whose card was used, has left the organisation, fled to china, and disappeared from contact (considering China's surveillance state, i find that one of the more astounding claims), then lei has been suspended and investigated. Whilst Gurry who was found (not suspected, but proven) to have used undue influenced and broke the organisations procurement rules is free to go about his duties.

      Lets hope the Swiss, can give the WIPO a good kicking, no-one else seems to be able to.

      By the way, what is it with IPO organisation that attracts such scum bags to the top? Gurry and Batastelli must be two peas in a pod...

  2. Will Godfrey Silver badge
    Meh

    Situation Normal?

    Deflect attention from corruption by screwing some 'forriner'.

  3. EricM

    WIPO is a broken organization

    Out of control without effective ethics and compliance enforcement. Thank god they are not responsible for anything important and have nothing to do with anything "legal" ...

  4. A Non e-mouse Silver badge

    From El Reg Passum, the European Patent Office has its own share of "problems".

    Is there something in the patent circles that leads people to behave like dicks?

    1. Adrian 4 Silver badge

      Patents themselves have become unfit for purpose. They no longer provide temporary protection for the patent holder in exchange for disclosure to society as a whole but are instead abused as trading cards to protect large institutions from innovation.

      It's hardly surprising that the officers overseeing this failure are themselves the target of corruption, and that it sometimes succeeds.

      1. Alistair Silver badge

        Hmmm:

        "

        Patents themselves have become unfit for purpose. They no longer provide temporary protection for the patent holder in exchange for disclosure to society as a whole but are instead abused as trading cards to protect large institutions from innovation.

        It's hardly surprising that the officers overseeing this failure are themselves the target of corruption, and that it sometimes succeeds in spades.

        Yup, that reads more accurately.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I don’t think it has anything to do with patent circles. More likely to be down to their status as international organisations that fall outside of the normal national/international legal framework eg employment law.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Gurry was then given access to an unredacted 2016 report that contained the names of key witnesses in the case, including Lei."

    Surely the point of whistle blowing protection is so that this does not happen.

    Anon

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Yes Harry, your understanding is correct.

      Just make sure you don't tell anyone too much.

  6. adam payne Silver badge

    Gurry was then given access to an unredacted 2016 report that contained the names of key witnesses in the case, including Lei.

    Why would he be given access to this?!? It undermines the whole point of whistle-blowing.

    1. MiguelC Silver badge
      Holmes

      You don't say!

  7. Alistair Silver badge
    Windows

    International non governmental organization with influence on financial tools

    Seems to suffer from corruption issues at the top.

    Hmmm. Understatement of the decade perhaps?

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