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Loose Data ‘Protection’ and Likely Privacy Infringements at the EPO: Here’s Who Gets Employees’ Internal Data

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:37 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

‘Public’ office, privately connected

Europatis form

Summary: Another look at Europatis, the company of a former EPO Vice-President (VP1), which is now accessing staff details at the EPO

This morning we wrote about the latest active venture of Jacques Michel, which we now know receives private information (internal data) from the EPO. Several people who used to work for the EPO still act as though they are inside the EPO, even though they run a private (for-profit) company. Talk about conflict of interests! They magically enough, owing to professional connections, get data about every member of staff at the EPO. This truly helps illustrative the hypocrisy of Team Battistelli.

Source for the numbers noted this morning: SOCIETE

“The main issue we have with Europatis right now is that it serves to show just how weak data protection is.”“That sounds like it’s just enough to provide a net income to feed one,” wrote one person to us, “or maybe two, people, but it’s hardly anything more of a mom-and-pop operation that occasionally rescues the freelancing retired examiner from terminal boredom. Not a big deal really, and this type of work is needed during both for the initial drafting of patent applications and for finding killer prior art for busting granted patents. They are not in competition with the EPO. Other groups such as professional patent researchers and registered IP counsels might have something to say, but that’s another issue.”

The main issue we have with Europatis right now is that it serves to show just how weak data protection is. The EPO already spies on staff with keyloggers and hidden cameras, so passing staff data in bulk (‘wholesale’ so to speak) probably shouldn’t be so shocking.

“As to the data protection,” wrote to us a reader, “people do keep in touch, and you generally know who is currently fetching his coat. In the present situation, that’s certainly a heck of a lot of people — and of coats.

“The EPO already spies on staff with keyloggers and hidden cameras, so passing staff data in bulk (‘wholesale’ so to speak) probably shouldn’t be so shocking.”“It’s probably like those insistent headhunters who always ask you whether you might know anyone else might be interested in that “super” job in Milwaukee or suburban Ulaanbaatar they unsuccessfully tried to hook you with. And you happily oblige by warmly recommending a colleague you’re not particularly fond of, hoping that both the headhunter and the colleague get the message.”

As we noted this morning, neither Europatis nor the data passage is the big deal; there is an even bigger story involving Jacques Michel. We are going to cover this story in the coming week, in conjunction with the “Insensitivity at the EPO’s Management” series. For those who want to know who’s behind the company with access to internal EPO data, here is a document from 2009 converted into text, followed by another. Nothing too personal there, just registration details. It’s only fair for EPO staff to know who’s gaining access to some of their personal details (such as E-mail), potentially for personal gain.

0907399703

DATE DEPOT : 2009-08-31
NUMERO DE DEPOT : 73997
N° GESTION : 2009B16103
N° SIREN : 514485788
DENOMINATION : EUROPATIS
ADRESSE : 61 rue des Morillons 75015 PARIS
DATE D’ACTE : 2009/08/04
TYPE D’ACTE : DECISION DES ASSOCIES
NATURE DACTE : NOMINATION DE GERANT(S)


EUROPATIS

Société à responsabilité limitée au capital de 4 000 euros

61 rue des Morillons

75015 PARIS

Les soussignés :

M onsieur Jacques MICHEL
Né le 30 octobre 1937 à Reims (51)
De nationalité française
Dem eurant 61 rue des Morillons à Paris (75015)
Marié sous le régime de la communauté

Madame Geneviève ALIGON épouse MICHEL
Née le 23 novembre 1939 à Argenteuil (95)
De nationalité française
Demeurant 61 rue des Morillons à Paris (75015)
Mariée sous le régime de la communauté

M. Laurent MICHEL
Né le 24 décembre 1974 à Genève (Suisse)
De nationalité française
Demeurant 11 rue du Bois Fourgon à Villeconin (91580)
Marié sous le régime de séparation de biens

se sont réunis à l’issue de la signature des statuts de la société EUROPATIS, pour désigner
d’un commun accord le prem ier gérant de la société, conformément aux dispositions de
l’article 10 des statuts de ladite société.

A cet effet, il est convenu de ce qui suit :

NOMINATION P U GÉRANT
Les soussignés nomment en qualité de gérant de la société :
- Monsieur Jacques MICHEL, demeurant 61 rue des Morillons à PARIS (75015)
pour une durée illimitée.


Monsieur Jacques MICHEL n’entrera effectivement en fonction qu’à partir du jour où la
société aura été immatriculée au Registre du Commerce et des Sociétés.

Monsieur Jacques MICHEL déclare accepter les fonctions de gérant qui viennent de lui être
confiées. Il affirme n’exercer aucune autre fonction et n’être frappé d’aucune incapacité ou
interdiction susceptible de l’empêcher d’exercer ce mandat.

RÉMUNÉRATION DU GÉRANT
Le gérant ne percevra aucune rémunération. Il aura droit au remboursement de ses frais
dûment justifiés engagés dans l’intérêt de la société.

Fait à Paris, le 4 août 2009 en trois originaux, deux pour les dépôts légaux et un pour les
archives sociales.

M. Jacques MICHEL
M. Laurent MICHEL
Mme Geneviève ALIGON


0907399702

DATE DEPOT : 2009-08-31
NUMERO DE DEPOT: 73997
N° GESTION : 2009B16103
N° SIREN : 514485788
DENOMINATION : EUROPATIS
ADRESSE : 61 rue des Morillons 75015 PARIS
DATE D’ACTE : 2009/07/27
TYPE D’ACTE : ACTE
NATURE D’ACTE : ATTESTATION BANCAIRELISTE DES SOUSCRIPTEURS


Banque Transatlantique

CREATION DE S.A.R.L.
ATTESTATION DE BLOCAGE DU CAPITAL SOCIAL

La BANQUE TRANSATLANTIQUE sise 26 Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, 75008 PARIS déclare
et atteste avoir reçu la somme de EUR. 4.000,00.

Monsieur Jacques MICHEL, gérante de la SARL «EUROPATIS» actuellement en cours de formation
dont le siège social se situe 61 rue des Morillons 75015 PARIS, déclare, sous sa seule responsabilité,
que cette somme représente la totalité du capital souscrit et libéré immédiatement.

Associés : M . Jacques MICHEL pour 2.000 parts soit 2.000 € de capital versé,
Mme Geneviève MICHEL née ALIGON pour 100 parts soit 100 € de capital versé,
M. Laurent MICHEL 1.900 parts pour 1.900 € de capital versé.

Nombre de parts : 4.000
Montant versé : 4.000,00 €

En conséquence, conformément aux dispositions législatives en vigueur, la somme ci-dessus
demeurera bloquée en compte n° 30568/19918/000/23365501/59 jusqu’à production du certificat
d’immatriculation au Registre du Commerce et des Sociétés de la société actuellement en voie de
formation. A défaut de ce certificat, elle pourra être débloquée, conformément à l’article L223-8 du
Code de commerce :

- soit entre les mains du mandataire qui sera désigné par l’associé unique
- soit sur décision de justice passée en force de chose jugée

La présente attestation est établie en double exemplaire pour faire valoir ce que de droit.

Fait à Paris, le 27 juillet 2009

Le déposant
(“lu et approuvé”)
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