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05.12.19

Professionally Incompetent EPO Management

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Anonymous comment claims “massive numbers of “professional incompetence” for examiners.”

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Summary: The EPO remains an awful employer, with top-level management largely responsible for the loss of talent and even money

The EPC is at the European Patent Office (EPO) what 35 U.S.C. § 101 was reduced to at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) under Iancu. Laws are being ignored and rules disrespected. The ramifications go much further than our original (old) concerns about software patents in Europe as staff too is affected. The EPO disregards the law at all levels and as we noted yesterday, there seem to be pretty incredible crimes in the mix. Why aren’t there any arrests? Immunity we suppose.

“There was also a finding about low validity rate of granted European Patents — a subject tackled by SUEPO but buried by EPO management (they’re incapable of accepting criticism of any form).”Things are not improving and staff is becoming weary, growing impatient. As we said a couple of months back, “the EPO’s management (Bergot, Campinos and others) uses terms like “professional incompetence” it actually alludes to examiners who are professional and competent in properly dealing with patent applications.”

“Anonymous” posted this comment some weeks back to say:

Seems that management is doing exactly the opposite of your 4 points:
1: targets have been raised 5-10% for 2019
2: no news from dismissed suepo members
3: Bauteil 7 is to be sold, so that Bautel 8 (which cannot be sold) is occupied by examiners and not by dg3
4: massive numbers of “professional incompetence” for examiners.

But after the study, management is worried that staff does not trust them… so they want a series of meeting for better explaining their views. As if staff did not understand them well enough already.

Money it to be wasted on construction while many empty rooms exist.

We previously wrote about these so-called ‘studies’, including the latest one which they tried hard to spin positively. It did not impress critical thinkers, who wrote a letter to António Campinos about it. There was also a finding about low validity rates of granted European Patents — a subject tackled by SUEPO but buried by EPO management (they’re incapable of accepting criticism of any form).

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