12.15.20

This Week We Shall See If the EPO’s Administrative Council, Led by Josef Kratochvil, is Complicit in a Financial Scam

Posted in Europe, Finance, Fraud, Patents at 5:37 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Europe’s second-largest institution is in peril as long as nobody wants to end the corruption (either due to fear or because of personal gain)

Whose servant? Now servant of the person he was supposed to supervise
Reference: Josef Kratochvíl

Summary: The administered-by-the-Office ‘Administrative’ Council is having a webchat this week while EPO staff is on strike; it remains to be seen if it’s merely complicit in the financial scams run by the Office, e.g. Salary Adjustment [sic] Procedure (SAP) and EPOTIF (looting EPO workers for gambling purposes or personal gain by managers and former managers)

“The new Salary Adjustment Procedure (SAP) will already lead in the first year of its implementation to a massive, irreversible salary cut,” the staff representatives of the EPO wrote this morning, then citing selective bits of the letter below, sent 4 days ago to heads of delegations, who now assemble virtually for the Administrative Council’s meeting, ‘attended’ virtually by António Campinos and ‘in spirit’ by his boss, Benoît Battistelli.

Josef KratochvilThe representatives ask: “Will the AC delegations accept being further misguided?”

“…as per a recent survey, a round total of 0% (yes, zero) of staff trusts the Council.”That’s putting it politely as we’ve long suspected some of them were complicit and several stakeholders in member states were personally benefiting — financially or otherwise — from participation in this financial scam/fraud.

Here’s the full letter, which cites for backing the Association of the European Patent Office Pensioners (mostly retired examiners):

Reference: sc20186cl – 0.3.1/1.3.1/4.2.2
Date: 11.12.2020

To the Chairman and
The Heads of Delegation of the
Administrative Council of the
European Patent Organisation

OPEN LETTER

New Salary Adjustment Procedure: need for action

Dear Mr Chairman,
Dear Heads of Delegation,

Staff have already had an eye-opening moment with the new Salary Adjustment Procedure (SAP), which now materialises with CA/66/20. It will already lead in the first year of its implementation to a massive, irreversible salary cut. At the same time, the Office is announcing a massive yearly surplus and massive increases in the Office funds (RFPSS and EPOTIF). Reality is disproving the dystopian assumptions and forecasts that resulted in financial measures unnecessarily imposed on staff.

The Staff Committees have organised virtual general assemblies, virtual floor meetings and mail actions where staff expressed their anger. On 15 December staff will have a symbolic one-day strike (“Enough is Enough”).

The implementation of the SAP in its first year exposes the illegality of decision CA/D 4/20 and the failures of the Office management1, who is still attempting to mislead staff and other stakeholders.

The question now arises. Will the delegations accept being further misguided and persist in a course which ultimately puts the sense of belonging to a common organisation at risk?

____
1 See also the letter sent by the Association of the European Patent Office Pensioners on 8 December 2020 (annexed). Active staff are future pensioners.


It is high time that the delegations open their eyes and exercise their supervisory role.

Yours sincerely,

Alain Dumont
Chairman of the Central Staff Committee

Annex: Comments by the Association of EPO Pensioners on CA/66/20


Vereinigung der Pensionäre des Europäischen Patentamts
Association of the European Patent Office Pensioners
Association des pensionnés de l’Office européen des brevets
Vereniging van de gepensioneerden van het Europees Octrooibureau

Der Vorsitzende
The Chairman
Le Président
De Voorzitter

Curt Edfjäll
curtedfjaell@googlemail.com

8th December 2020

For the attention of:
• Mr Josef Kratochvil, Chairman of the Administrative Council
• Heads and Deputies of Members States Delegations on the Administrative Council
Copy to:
• Mr Antonio Campinos, President of the EPO
• EPO Central Staff Committee
• Council Secretariat
• Board of EPO Pensioners Association.

Dear Mr Kratochvil,
Dear Heads and Deputies of Member States Delegations on the Administrative Council,

Subject: Comments by the Association of EPO Pensioners on CA/66/20, “Adjustment with effect from 1 January 2021 of salaries… and of pensions paid by the Office.”

With CA/D4/20 the Administrative Council approved the new methodology for adjustment of salaries and pensions. Article 10 of CA/D4/20 reads: ”Any positive adjustment resulting from the application of Article 9 and carried forward after three annual salary adjustments will be paid out to employees as a lump sum in proportion to the basic salaries and allowances they received over the three-year period.”

With document CA/66/20 the Office is now presenting the results of the implementation of the methodology from the decision of CA/D4/20. The Association has only recently been made aware of the existence of CA/66/20 and of the negative and unequal effects it will have on pensioners in comparison to active staff.

In point 24 of CA/66/20, the Office presents the excess adjustment not applied in January 2021 for the four countries in which the Office employs staff. CA/66/20 does not specify which excess adjustments have not been applied in countries where EPO pensioners use the salary scale of the country in which they are resident. CA/66/20 states that the remaining balance is carried forward to a redistribution pool which will be used in next year’s adjustment and for a potential one-off payment after 3 years of application of the salary methodology.

Pensioners Association Comments on CA/66/20
Page 1 of 2


The Association has on several occasions asked the Office for explanations as to how the redistribution pool works for pensioners. Only by mail to the Chairman of the Association dated 7 December 2020 did the Office clarify that although the mechanism of excess adjustment is applied to pensioners, the lump sum will not be paid out to pensioners at the end of the 3-year period. I quote from the mail from VP4: “Any remainder of the carried forward adjustment will be paid as a lump sum only to employees in return for their active contribution to the Office’s success in these difficult times.” I wish to recall that today’s pensioners have all also contributed to the success of the EPO and should therefore not be treated unequally to active staff.

VP4 further states: “the principle of equal treatment has been respected.” It is evident that this is not correct. By not according any payment from the redistribution pool to pensioners, there is no equal treatment.

It is thus clear from the Office’s statement above that the Office intends to use the redistribution pool as a kind of bonus payment for active staff, which was certainly not the intention behind the new methodology. However, any money in the redistribution pool resulting from the excess adjustment applied to pension payments will not paid out to pensioners although this money has been taken from their pension payments.

EPC Article 33(2)c states: “The Administrative Council shall be competent to adopt or amend the Pensions Scheme Regulations and any appropriate increases in existing pensions to correspond to increase in salaries.”

The proposal to implement the new methodology so that pensioners do not benefit from the payment of a lump sum at the end of the 3-year period is thus in contradiction to the EPC itself and constitutes an unequal treatment of pensioners compared to active staff.

The Association assumes that the Administrative Council was also not aware of the way the Office intends to apply Article 10 of CA/D4/20 and its negative effects on pensioners.

The Association therefore respectfully requests the Administrative Council to instruct the Office to apply EPC Article 33(2)c correctly so that also pensioners will be given treatment equal to that applied to active staff such that the pensioners will also benefit from a lump sum payment.

Curt Edfjäll
Chairman of the EPO Pensioners’ Association

Pensioners Association Comments on CA/66/20
Page 2 of 2

The likely correct perception that the Council is complicit in it all (seeing the current role of Ernst and previous role of Kongstad, before he was removed for scandals) means that, as per a recent survey, a round total of 0% (yes, zero) of staff trusts the Council. It’s seen as a big part of the problem, incapable of correcting it (because it is unwilling to).

12.01.20

[Meme] Public Servants Who Only Serve Themselves and Their Predecessors (Who Gave Them the Job)

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Patents at 10:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

How much longer can the lid be kept shut?

Hold it right there, Mr. António Campinos

Summary: The Benoît Battistelli-appointed António Campinos (an old friend of his) isn’t just covering up the EPO‘s financial scams but contributes to these; when will this house of cards (arse-covering) fall and will that take a special (independent) investigator?

Censored EPO Publication: Battistelli Can Have His Multi-Billion Euro EPO Scam, So Why Can’t Campinos Too?

Posted in Deception, Europe, Finance, Fraud, Patents at 10:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Earlier today: European Commission’s Thierry Breton Covers Up EPO Corruption For His Friend Benoît Battistelli

Summary: Mr. Campinos, seeing what Mr. Battistelli has managed to get away with (the Commission approves, having been infiltrated by friends of the ringleaders), piggybacks or follows the steps of his appointer by blasting almost a billion euros on a worthless project with no real purpose and the Central Staff Committee (CSC) warns it has “very high risk of mismanagement and fraud”

AS EXPECED, THE EPO does not want its staff to be informed. It’s not helpful (to oneself) when people receive information about one’s crimes. This is a lot bigger (in terms of financial scale) than FIFA/UEFA scandals. Techrights will be publishing censored EPO publications this week; we have some securities in place, e.g. in case of censorship attempts. We accomplish this by decentralisation, notably mass dissemination to and from many nodes that can serve the suppressed pages.

Taking a breakToday we start by publishing a document about buildings the EPO planned to build at a massive cost (prior to the pandemic). António Campinos likes to pretend that the Office has a financial crisis while Benoît Battistelli loses hundreds of millions of euros of EPO money by gambling that money away. Why was a criminal put in charge of a law school? You know a “scheme” when you see one and it’s not hard to see who will benefit from it…

“You know a “scheme” when you see one and it’s not hard to see who will benefit from it…”“Burning money to create a burning deck,” the Committee of EPO staff (CSC) called the building projects. “Management is currently censoring a CSC paper about Mr Campinos’ building investment program,” it noted. We’ve already given examples of Campinos and his colleagues censoring the CSC as early as 2018. “We ask ourselves whether the Building Investment Program (CA/43/19) is in line with sound housekeeping,” the CSC said. “Moreover, the focus should be on staff needs for accommodation. We request the Administrative Council to consider putting a caveat on the programme in its present form: we need to first explore scenarios and work on the programme of requirements in a truly inclusive manner, involving the Staff Committees as user representatives. After adoption, the programme should be monitored by an independent body to limit the risks of mismanagement and fraud.”

Well, those “risks of mismanagement and fraud” are more than just risks but a reality; mismanagement and fraud had gone on for years prior to this project. Here’s the summary of the full publication:

Summary: Burning money to create a burning deck

The Central Staff Committee appreciates the commitment to preserving the EPO’s patrimony in a state that it provides a healthy and motivating working environment and aims at improving sustainability. The proposed programme requires unprecedented expenditure. We ask ourselves whether this is in line with sound housekeeping. The planned investment over more than EUR 1 billion also appears to have future sales of property in mind. It presupposes that future owners would find the EPO’s definition of modern and state-of-the-art attractive and suitable for their respective needs. It may also be the case that inflated, unachievable, values of buildings will be used for future planning decisions. With planning concepts for workspaces changing over time it is impossible to predict what a future owner might require at an undetermined point of sale. We feel that this perspective should not feature at all in any building or refurbishment plans of the EPO. The focus should be on staff needs for accommodation. A possible sale of PschorrHöfe 7 without considering abandoning the lease of Haar does not appear to be thought through.

Initiatives to preserve the value of our patrimony enjoy the support of staff, whilst increasing its value for increasing’s sake does not, and especially not at a time where a flawed financial study paves the way to heavy cuts in salaries, allowances and pensions. The building of an “engaged, knowledgeable and collaborative organisation” does not require many of the initiatives at the base of the current program. The Building Investment Program is burning money to help create the burning deck painted in the Financial Study for preparing for instance an affordability-issue for tax-compensation on pensions. Faced with such prospects it is no wonder that staff are very suspicious of building projects that are not only excessive but also detrimentally affect the day-to-day work and, ultimately, staff health. It is undisputed that some renovation of old buildings and maintenance is necessary. But investments here should be driven by needs, not by aspirations not serving the staff’s – and therefore the Office’s – interests.

We request the Administrative Council to consider putting a caveat on the presented Building Investment Program and to instead encourage the President to first explore scenarios and work on the programme of requirements in a truly inclusive manner, involving the Staff Committees as user representatives. A revised Building Investment Program should then be presented to the AC.

Cost transparency, cost control, the lack of adequate planning, the Office’s capacity and even its ability to manage such projects were an issue for New Main as well as for the Isar-refurbishment (see CA/7/12, C. Report on the project costs). A program-value of in excess of EUR 1bn combined with the intended types of contract entails a very high risk of mismanagement and fraud occurring in the various phases of the program. The Administrative Council should not be put in a position again where it grudgingly has to approve further expenditure. The program should be monitored by an independent body over the whole life-cycle of the program, with uninhibited access to all information sources and reporting directly to the Administrative Council. An Audit Committee analogous to the one defined in CA/D 9/09 comes to mind.

Now, with the buildings on the back-burner (at least not burned), the Office suddenly claims to have a huge deficit though it’s merely an excuse for robbing EPO staff and blow billions of euros on other scams like Battistelli’s. This is like classic organised crime and it has become so pervasive that friends of the perpetrators now occupy positions of power in the EU/EC. Where’s the media? Where are the journalists? Oh, we can see where

10.04.20

Journey Back in History: Misconduct or Disorderly Conduct (Stuffing Money Down the Fronts of Stewardesses’ Blouses, According to Witness Account) by Arthur Watson of IBM (Founder’s Son and Former IBM Chief), Followed by Watson’s Admission and Resignation

Posted in Finance, Fraud, IBM at 5:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

IBM Watsons

Summary: Techrights examines more of the past IBM does not want anyone to know about, ranging from serious crimes (like bribery, fraud, corruption, and bid-rigging) to abuse of women

ONE recurring theme here this past spring/summer was IBM weaponising diversity to oust men whom it cannot control (such as Richard Stallman) whilst ignoring IBM's own guilt. As covered here twice before [1, 2], IBM’s very leadership and top-level officials have much to hide themselves. Their history with women isn’t exactly stunning. It just takes a bit of effort to better understand what happened and at the moment we dig up very old press archives (1960s and 1970s) though “if anything is written,” an associate emphasised, “the direct relevance to today’s organization must be clearly visible. Arthur K. Watson (AKW) has been dead for almost half a century.” Here’s an old article about his appointment and his death one decade later. He died quite early.

For Watson, as a brand that IBM still champions (foremost marketing focus), the past should definitely matter. Not only did Watson the father receive a medal from the Nazis (for his service in implementing the Holocaust). What the Nazis did in the war didn't seem to bother him until the US entered the war. He became very wealthy and IBM became very powerful owing to racist eugenics agenda even prior to it. They literally helped the US Government commit ethnic cleansing of blacks, targeting “mixed” couples in particular (with sights on compelled sterilisation). The few historians who bother learning this subject are being obstructed by IBM, which goes out of its way to bury evidence.

That’s aside from the women’s rights aspects; and the purging of words, much like authoritarian regimes looking to control language itself. I reassured our associate that “the subject [of AKW] might become relevant and of use when IBM preaches from the high heels, claiming to be protector of women’s rights to defuse critics of its corporate conduct…”

4 years ago Arne Alsin published “The IBM Hall of Shame: A (Semi) Complete List of Bribes, Blunders and Fraud

Just over a year ago, in October 2015, IBM disclosed to its shareholders that the company was facing (yet another) SEC investigation. This time, federal agents opened up a probe into how Big Blue reported revenue on “certain transactions” in the United States, the UK, and Ireland. In layman’s terms, it means that the SEC is looking into whether or not IBM is cooking the books.

Surprised? I’m not.

The jury’s still out on that particular case, but I’ve been doing my own research and investigation into IBM for the last decade, and the new revelations fits within a certain pattern: IBM gets implicated or accused of some corporate wrongdoing, the company “cooperates” with investigators, and then — just maybe — the government will slap them with a relatively minor fine. But more often than not, it seems to me, nothing happens, and it’s business as usual.

Don’t believe me? Well, that’s why I’ve compiled this handy guide that exposes the long and sordid history of IBM’s alleged violations, both domestic and abroad. Though the company has defended itself in every single case, the list does not paint a pretty picture: There are multiple cases of bribery, fraud, corruption, and bid-rigging. And they appear to be happening with increasing frequency.

Microsoft does the same thing, in effect defrauding shareholders and faking its financial performance. But let’s focus on IBM for now. Here are some excepts:

1993 — 2000, Argentina: Bribery through Swiss bank accounts

Let’s begin with one of the first IBM bribery cases on record.

In Argentina, the scandal was front-page news: Three high-level executives at IBM were caught bribing government officials with multi-million dollar kickbacks, routed through Swiss bank accounts, in order to win a $250 million contract to modernize the computer system of Argentina’s largest government-owned bank.

[...]

2004–2009, South Korea and China: Slush funds and fake invoices with more than 100 IBM employees involved.

Only a few years after the Argentina scandal, IBM was accused of another overseas bribery case — this time in South Korea and China.

[...]

2013, Poland, Argentina, Bangladesh and Ukraine: “Allegations relating to transactions…”

For this case, it looks like the SEC took a break and let the Department of Justice try its hand at investigating the overseas alleged fraud.

[...]

2011–2014, India: Did top IBM executives cook the books in India?

The important thing to know about IBM’s troubles in India is the scope of what happened: repeat accounting troubles over a period of several years. While this may have been swept under the rug in American media, after doing my own research, IBM’s trouble in India (where it has likely over 100,000 employees) gives me a lot of concern.

[...]

2013, USA: IBM under investigation for how it reports cloud revenue

May 2013 was apparently busy month at IBM and the SEC.

As noted above, in the spring of 2013, the SEC opened up investigations into IBM abroad. But at the same time, SEC also apparently opened up an inquiry into IBM in the United States.

[...]

2013–2016, Australia: “The worst failure of public administration in Australia’s history” — IBM is banned from doing business with Queensland’s government

The average American probably has no idea that IBM is completely banned as a contractor within Queensland’s government. Yes, really.

[...]

2015, Canada: Another bribery case at IBM

More allegations continue to surface that IBM is bribing government officials.

[...]

2015 — Present:

Bribery always involves phony books and records — it’s necessary to hide the transactions on the balance sheet. And in order to circumvent internal controls, bribery usually requires the involvement of senior management.

As we noted here before, this kind of bribery is "business as usual" at Microsoft and fraudulent reporting about "cloud" likewise. It’s a longstanding tradition and Microsoft tries to bribe and/or blackmail whistleblowers. It’s all in the public record now, albeit it takes some digging to find.

Speaking of digging, we’ve managed to locate additional reporting on what happened to the IBM chief who fell from grace, left his job (maybe forcibly), and died not too long afterwards. Not much is said about his premature death in mainstream sources. Decades of googlebombing make that rather difficult. His New York Times profile is 100% a puff piece. The obituary from the New York Times says “Mr. Watson, who was 55 years old, had been injured in a fall at his home in New Canaan, Conn., on July 18, and had been taken to the hospital.” Another drunken tirade, this time at his home/mansion?

It does not say much. There was, however, quite a bit of press coverage about his airplane tirade (“incident”), which led to admission that he had serious problems (apparently with alcohol and with women). In the words of this old article:

Retiring Paris Envoy Sums Up Diplomatic Life

Key parts with our highlights added:

The report by Jack Anderson, the Washington columnist, that the Ambassador indulged in a “glorious drunk” on a transatlantic flight last March had hurt him. “Inwardly, and in the spin‐off on the family,” Mr. Watson said.

In the aftermath of the incident, Mr. Watson denied in a letter to Representative Wayne, L. Hays, Democrat of Ohio, that he had become intoxicated. He acknowledged in the letter, however, that “I was exceedingly, and, I think, uncharacteristically, rude.”

The incident was widely considered to have shortened his term at the embassy, but Mr. Watson said, “It didn’t hurt my job. There was hardly a ripple here.”

Here’s another one:

NIXON SAYS PACT ON ARMS DEPENDS ON MOSCOW TRIP

This article does not say who paid Mr. Nixon before getting this job/post:

He defended the conduct of Arthur K. Watson, the American Ambassador to France, who had been accused of being drunk on a recent flight from Paris to Washington.

Mr. Nixon, smiling, said that Mr. Watson had been carrying out talks with the Chinese Ambassador in Paris “with great competence — and, I understand, total sobriety.” [Question 18.]

He added that he had noted that some members of Congress had raised questions about “the personal conduct of an ambassador when he travels to his post.”

“I would say that people in glass houses should not throw stones,” he said.

Here’s yet another one:

President Accepts Resignation Of Watson as Envoy to France

Key parts with our highlights added:

Mr. Watson, a major contributor to Mr. Nixon’s 1968 campaign, was involved in a, controversy last March after Jack. Anderson, the columnist, reported “that he had been drunk and disorderly on a commercial trans. Atlantic flight, an accusation that Mr. Watson denied.

In his article, Mr. Anderson said that Mr. Watson became “gloriously drunk” on a flight from Paris to Washington shortly after he had been given the delicate job of establishing diplomatic contacts with the Chinese Communists in Paris.

He wrote that Mr. Watson had a chronic “liquor problem” that could spoil the Chinese American detente that followed President Nixon’s trip to Peking.

Both the Senate and Foreign Relations Committees and the House Foreign Affairs Committee opened investigations into the incident, and Mr. Watson said later that the Anderson account had been exaggerated.

The investigation was dropped after Secretary of State William P. Rogers wrote that Mr. Watson had apologized for the incident.

Some more:

CONFIDENCE VOICED IN ENVOY TO PARIS

Key parts with our highlights added:

The State Department expressed confidence today in Arthur K. Watson, Ambassador to France, following a newspaper columnist’s report that he had been “gloriously drunk” on an airliner.

The columnist, Jack Anderson, said the incident occurred aboard a flight from London to Washington last Thursday when Mr. Watson was returning for consultations on establishing contacts with the Chinese Ambassador in Paris.

The department spokesman, Charles W. Bray 3rd, declined direct comment on the columnist’s charges, but he said: “If you’re asking whether the department has confidence in Ambassador Watson and whether Ambassador Watson will continue to carry out his ambassadorial functions and other functions in connection with the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, the answer is yes.”

Mr. Anderson quoted witnesses on the plane as saying:

“He kept up a holler for scotch and grabbed at passing stewardesses. He then tried to stuff $40 down the fronts of their blouses. Finally he passed out and slept for about three hours.”

And finally:

Senate Panel Drops Inquiry Into the Watson Incident

Key parts without highlights added:

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced yesterday that it would drop its inquiry into an alleged drinking incident involving Arthur K. Watson, United States Ambassador to France.

Senator J. W. Fulbright, chair man of the committee, said the committee “does not expect to pursue the matter further.” He made public a letter on the subject from Secretary of State William P. Rogers.

Columnist Jack Anderson wrote that Mr. Watson was “gloriously drunk” and abusive toward crew members on a Pan‐American flight, March 9, from Paris to Washington. Mr. Watson denied he was drunk, but acknowledged in a letter to Representative Wayne Hays, Democrat of Ohio, that he was rude and had “harsh exchanges” with the crew.

Mr. Rogers said in his letter to Mr. Fulbright “Ambassador Watson has said that he deeply regrets the episode, and assures me that it will not recur.”

So it’s his word against that of the eyewitness (we’re talking about First or Business Class here, so it’s not some random eyewitness but quite likely a high-profile person, maybe even plane crew like pilot).

Watson isn’t denying there was a major incident. Watson was very drunk at the time, so maybe his recollection is conveniently selective. He already acknowledged the rudeness and he left his position not too long afterwards. Airline crew was reportedly gagged about the incident, after threats had been made and deterrents issued (to protect the “VIP” and his reputation). As a reminder, as per tapes from the White House (President Nixon, who had received financial contributions from Watson), the abuse of women was seen as “OK” because Watson was “Chasing Girls” and not “Chasing Boys”; how typical of Nixon.

Mr. Watson died at his home (well, after hospitalisation albeit the incident occurred at his home) less than 2 years after stepping down.

08.26.20

The Morally and Financially Corrupt Linux Foundation

Posted in Fraud, Kernel, Microsoft at 9:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

A foundation as morally bankrupt/corrupt as all the men below (but guess who got banned and what for; guess who receives keynote speech positions and why)

Banned by Linux Foundation for wearing a hat; Welcomed by Linux Foundation for paying a bribe

Summary: The Linux Foundation bans people for supporting a man whom Linux Foundation sponsors help commit crimes against humanity; basically, it’s all about money (yes, just money); in fact, almost all Linux Foundation code is being outsourced to this proprietary software firm that commits very serious bribery crimes, works for ICE, and enables Trump’s abuses (for profit!)

07.23.20

Microsoft is Defrauding Its Shareholders While Laying Off About 5,000 Workers

Posted in Finance, Fraud, Microsoft at 4:20 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft’s financial situation has long been manipulated (it not only defrauded shareholders before, but it also got caught, then paid bribes to silence whistleblowers)

Sunsets

Summary: Contrary to what Microsoft ‘moles’ inside the media want us to believe, the layoffs at Microsoft are considerable and the financial results are at least partly faked

“Microsoft Corp.-owned LinkedIn today said that it is laying off about 960 employees, or approximately 6% of its global workforce,” says this article. We cited another article yesterday.

Who inside Microsoft decided on this number? We can imagine a conversation going on along the lines of:

“In recent weeks Microsoft laid off about 5,000 people (yes, we count contract workers too; it’s a loophole), assuming part-timers in stores add up to about 20 people per store, plus 2,000+ more layoffs that Microsoft failed to hide (the disposed-of employees spoke to journalists with strong cryptography “apps”).”“OK, so we can lay off 960 employees…”

“But why 960? Who decided on the number?”

“Well, it’s less than a thousand…”

“So why not 999? Or 990?”

“Obviously, because then people will realise Microsoft just creates an illusion of a small number…” (triple- rather than four-digit)

In recent weeks Microsoft laid off about 5,000 people (yes, we count contract workers too; it's a loophole), assuming part-timers in stores add up to about 20 people per store, plus 2,000+ more layoffs that Microsoft failed to hide (the disposed-of employees spoke to journalists with strong cryptography “apps”).

“What kind of company fires so many people if it has real and sustainable growth?”The Microsoft-friendly ‘journalists’ are bombarding the media (earlier this week to present) with claims of growth. What kind of company fires so many people if it has real and sustainable growth? As insiders told us, Microsoft is basically defrauding its shareholders (a complaint was submitted to the SEC). The supposed "big growth" areas are actually suffering layoffs and cuts.

As an associate of ours put it, having studied some of the latest puff pieces (Microsoft-connected ‘news’ sites), Microsoft is just “shuffling the diminishing money around” and it is trying to seize people’s medical records to assure/secure government bailout (if or when it becomes necessary; like JEDI); “this is where Microsoft is aiming its attacks of late,” he said, pointing to media puff pieces that lobby for outsourcing of people’s most sensitive data to Azure.

07.16.20

[Humour/Meme] Today’s EPO is Run by Con Men and Fraudsters

Posted in Europe, Finance, Fraud, Patents at 9:02 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Star Trek Kirk War two faces: So, EPO... I heard you recruit scientists. Of course we do... Of course we do...

Summary: Management of the EPO — just like Team UPC — is advertising job opportunities for jobs that are fictional at best according to internal documents

07.02.20

After 2 Years and 2 Days António Campinos is a Perfect Leader, Fostering EPO Abuses While Smiling

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Patents at 9:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“When a man is able to take abuse with a smile, he is worthy to become a leader.”

Nachman of Bratslav

Summary: EPO corruption persists, but this time the corruption enjoys better marketing/PR and complicit (or at best silent) media

THE European Patent Office (EPO) under the management of incompetent friends of António Campinos and Benoît Battistelli (former colleagues and relatives) isn’t going to stave off criticism and look beyond the perils unless real changes are implemented, starting with mass resignation of existing top-level management (which is unlikely to happen; they love the salaries and the huge bonuses they give to themselves). Within a few years in the presidency (top seat) both Battistelli and Campinos sank to approval rates/levels (among staff) of 3%-5% and the media is paid to not talk about it (or most of it was intimidated into silence). See what happened to IP Kat

How many software patents were granted from people’s homes/apartments during the pandemic/lock-down? How many of these would prove invalid in courts?

“Apparently it doesn’t interest the media when Europe’s second-largest institution is rife with abuse and serious misconduct.”If you run a patent office, which is itself a sort of monopoly for granting monopolies, you have utmost responsibility to handle the authority sensibly. Instead, in the EPO at least, fiscal priorities took the front seat and then the EPO’s management had the audacity to moan about deficit and punish the staff (based on a lie). Nobody was fooled by it, but again, as we’ve noted before, the media did not mention this. It’s apathetic if not virtually dead. Apparently it doesn’t interest the media when Europe’s second-largest institution is rife with abuse and serious misconduct. Who cares anyway? Right…?

Happy birthday, Mr. António Campinos. May your next 3 years (if you last that long) be as prosperous for you and your colleagues/friends as much as the first two. Plunder it softly.

“There is nothing in the Constitution that authorizes or makes it the official duty of a president to have anything to do with criminal activities.”

Sam(uel) James Ervin, Jr.

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