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EPO President Benoit Battistelli has today sent the following message of condolence to Michelle Lee, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), following recent events in Orlando:
"On my personal behalf and on behalf of the European Patent Office, please accept our sincerest condolences following the recent tragic events in Orlando.
Here at the EPO we are all deeply shocked by this abhorrent act and would like to express our deepest solidarity with you, all those at the USPTO and the people of the United States.
As you know, Europe knows the shocking nature of indiscriminate violence and we understand all too well the grief that such acts can impose. There is simply no place for such blind hatred in our respective democracies and we stand united with you at this immensely difficult time. Please rest assured that our most heartfelt sympathy goes to the victims, their relatives and friends.