07.23.20

Gemini version available ♊︎

EQE to Become Another Example of EPO Outsourcing (Updated)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 11:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

COVID-19 certainly helps take the EPO elsewhere, e.g. Skype (Microsoft) and Sword Group, and it moreover helps lay off EPO staff (downsizing long planned by the management)

Europe Map

Summary: The European Patent Office is outsourcing more and more of its functions to private for-profit corporations; António Campinos seems to think that the objective of the Office is nothing but rubber-stamping monopolies (as many as possible)

THE EPO was routinely outsourced to external parties under Benoît Battistelli. We gave many examples of it. It often seemed like the EPO’s decision-making processes too had been outsourced, notably to litigation giants that want injunctions (embargoes), software patents in Europe and other toxic things. Remember that just before Campinos left EUIPO, an EU agency one might add, he had outsourced much of its IT work to India (quite likely in violation of EU rules, which then caused a major controversy/uproar EUIPO sought to suppress by overt censorship of critics). At the EPO he sent a lot of work to Serco [1, 2, 3]. For those who don’t know why Serco is so controversial (and the EPO sought to hide this), look it up. Lots of information about their scandals all over the Web. Security? Let the Nazi firm handle that. Better to hire highly controversial bullies than to hire in-house to ‘go Kapo’ on EPO staff.

“Remember that just before Campinos left EUIPO, an EU agency one might add, he had outsourced much of its IT work to India (quite likely in violation of EU rules, which then caused a major controversy/unroar EUIPO sought to suppress by overt censorship of critics).”This afternoon IP Kat published this “BREAKING” post about EQE; for those who don’t know, the PEB and EQE posts attracted more comments than all other posts combined in recent months (hundreds of them), mostly because PEB is a scam and the cancellation of exams caused an uproar. As for the EQE, when they discussed it I posted a comment to mention EQE misconduct (details in this series/index) and of course IP Kat deleted it; instead of covering EPO corruption, nowadays IP Kat covers it up. This wasn’t the first time they did this. Today the IP Kat blogger reveals that EPO President Campinos talks about EQE but he does not address his own corruption of it (see the said scandal); instead he wants to outsource EQE to an external private company and dub it “e-EQE” or whatever. Based on their Web site, it’s some Dutch company (based in Amsterdam) with proprietary software and a number of partners we barely know anything about. “Mike Williams is relatively new to the PEB governance board,” IP Kat wrote, “having joined in April of this year. Mr Williams first went through the arrangements that are being made for the remote exams. The exams will take place using automatic proctoring software provided by the external provider, Proctor Exam.”

The key part is this:

IPKat has just received the breaking news that the EPO plans to move the EQE online next year (many thanks to Katfriend Gwilym Roberts for sending us the news!). The information comes from the EPO president himself in the final episode of the popular “Two IPs In A Pod” podcast, in which the EPO President Campinos and CIPA’s own President Richard Mair are in conversation.

President Campinos confirms:

“We plan to move to an e-EQE next year. You hope for the best but you plan for the worst and in March next year we will probably be in the same situation as we are in presently. So I think there is no alternative but to move to an e-EQE and we are working very hard with epi to make it happen.”

IP Kat never wrote about the illegality of the EPO outsourcing proceedings to Microsoft. Nor did it mention any of the other scandals. In this particular case they blindly celebrate something whose legality is questionable for a number of reasons. Notice, based on the above, how CIPA (part of Team UPC) gets to shape the EPO’s policy. This is perverse. Heck, why not let Big Banks directly control the Federal Reserve as well? Who’s really running the EPO? Member states or the litigation sector?

Update: Well, this is now confirmed and as a comment put it:

as it is published on the EPO website

EQE 2021 –Important information from the Supervisory Board

The European qualifying examination (EQE) 2021 is planned tobe conducted online.

A working group composed of EPO and epi representatives has been set up to work out the arrangements fornext year’s EQE. Their aim is to ensure that the examination can be conducted in an orderly manner in a safe environment and to guarantee fair conditions for all candidates. The Supervisory Board is in close contact with the working group and oversees all itstasks.

Further details will be announced at a later date, including an optionfor candidates to test the system in good time before the examination.

The EQE syllabus and the structure of the various examination papers will be as outlined in the REE and IPREEand in line with previous years’ examination papers (Compendium).

For the time being, individual questions on the online examination will not be responded to directly. However, they will be collected and used as a basis for FAQs to be published at a later stage.

which can be found under

http://documents.epo.org/projects/babylon/eponot.nsf/0/a3fe9e76fa0f2964c12585ae004462ac/$FILE/Announcement%20Online%20EQE%202021.pdf

but also in German and French, since we still have three official languages

https://www.epo.org/learning/eqe_de.html

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. Links 18/1/2022: GNOME 42 Alpha and KStars 3.5.7

    Links for the day



  2. IRC Proceedings: Monday, January 17, 2022

    IRC logs for Monday, January 17, 2022



  3. Links 17/1/2022: More Microsoft-Connected FUD Against Linux as Its Share Continues to Fall

    Links for the day



  4. The GUI Challenge

    The latest article from Andy concerns the Command Line Challenge



  5. Links 17/1/2022: digiKam 7.5.0 and GhostBSD 22.01.12 Released

    Links for the day



  6. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, January 16, 2022

    IRC logs for Sunday, January 16, 2022



  7. Links 17/1/2022: postmarketOS 21.12 Service Pack 1 and Mumble 1.4 Released

    Links for the day



  8. [Meme] Gemini Space (or Geminispace): From 441 Working Capsules to 1,600 Working Capsules in Just 12 Months

    Gemini space now boasts 1,600 working capsules, a massive growth compared to last January, as we noted the other day (1,600 is now official)



  9. [Meme] European Patent Office Space

    The EPO maintains a culture of illegal surveillance, inherited from Benoît Battistelli and taken to a whole new level by António Campinos



  10. Gemini Rings (Like Webrings) and Shared Spaces in Geminspace

    Much like the Web of 20+ years ago, Gemini lets online communities — real communities (not abused tenants, groomed to be ‘monetised’ like in Facebook or Flickr) — form networks, guilds, and rings



  11. Links 16/1/2022: Latte Dock 0.11 and librest 0.9.0

    Links for the day



  12. The Corporate Cabal (and Spy Agencies-Enabled Monopolies) Engages in Raiding of the Free Software Community and Hacker Culture

    In an overt attack on the people who actually did all the work — the geeks who built excellent software to be gradually privatised through the Linux Foundation (a sort of price-fixing and openwashing cartel for shared interests of proprietary software firms) — is receiving more widespread condemnation; even the OSI has been bribed to become a part-time Microsoft outsourcer as organisations are easier to corrupt than communities



  13. EPO's Web Site Constantly Spammed by Lies About Privacy While EPO Breaks the Law and Outsources Data to the United States

    The António Campinos-led EPO works for imperialism, it not only protects the rich; sadly, António’s father isn’t alive anymore and surely he would blast his son for doing what he does to progress his career while lying to staff and European citizens



  14. Links 16/1/2022: Tsunami and Patents

    Links for the day



  15. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, January 15, 2022

    IRC logs for Saturday, January 15, 2022



  16. Links 16/1/2022: Year of the GNU/Linux Desktop and Catch-up With Patent Misinformation

    Links for the day



  17. Patrick Breyer, Unlike Most German Politicians, Highlights the Fact That Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent Are Incompatible With EU Law

    A longtime critic of EPO abuses (under both Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos leadership), as well as a vocal critic of software patents, steps in to point out the very obvious



  18. Links 15/1/2022: Flameshot 11.0 and Libvirt 8.0

    Links for the day



  19. Blogging and Microblogging in Geminispace With Gemini Protocol

    Writing one’s thoughts and other things in Geminispace — even without setting up a Gemini server — is totally possible; gateways and services do exist for this purpose



  20. Links 15/1/2022: Raspberry Pi in Business

    Links for the day



  21. IRC Proceedings: Friday, January 14, 2022

    IRC logs for Friday, January 14, 2022



  22. Gemini Clients: Comparing Moonlander, Telescope, Amfora, Kristall, and Lagrange (Newer and Older)

    There are many independent implementations of clients (similar to Web browsers) that deal with Gemini protocol and today we compare them visually, using Techrights as a test case/capsule



  23. 2022 Starts With Censorship of Christmas and Other Greetings at the EPO

    The nihilists who run the EPO want a monopoly on holiday greetings; to make matters worse, they’re censoring staff representatives in their intranet whilst inconsistently applying said policies



  24. Links 14/1/2022: FFmpeg 5.0 and Wine 7.0 RC6

    Links for the day



  25. White House Asking Proprietary Software Companies That Add NSA Back Doors About Their Views on 'Open Source' Security

    The US government wants us to think that in order to tackle security issues we need to reach out to the collective 'wisdom' of the very culprits who created the security mess in the first place (even by intention, for imperialistic objectives)



  26. Links 14/1/2022: EasyOS 3.2.1 and Qt 6.3 Alpha

    Links for the day



  27. Scientific Excellence and the Debian Social Contract

    The Debian Project turns 30 next year; in spite of it being so ubiquitous (most of the important distros of GNU/Linux are based on Debian) it is suffering growing pains and some of that boils down to corporate cash and toxic, deeply divisive politics



  28. Links 14/1/2022: openSUSE Leap 15.2 EoL, VFX Designers Are Using GNU/Linux

    Links for the day



  29. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, January 13, 2022

    IRC logs for Thursday, January 13, 2022



  30. 2022 Commences With Microsoft-Themed (and Microsoft-Connected) FUD Against GNU/Linux

    A psychopathic Microsoft, aided by operatives inside the mainstream and so-called 'tech' media, keeps spreading old and invalid stigma about "Linux" and Free software; few people still bother responding to these fact-free FUD campaigns, which boil down to ‘perception management’ PR/propaganda


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts