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António Campinos and the Alicante Clique (EPO Management, Appointed Based on Nepotism Despite Lack of Qualifications) Nowadays Exploiting Kids for PR Charades

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Summary: The sick old habit of exploiting kids for Public Relations (PR) and marketing purposes is all too common at the EPO (they're constantly exploiting "the children" [1, 2, 3, 4] to associate criticism of the EPO with demeaning the young and innocent), but the management -- which enjoys nepotism and immunity rather than relevant skills -- carries on today and it's being called "inaugural"

"Young Inventors". What does that even mean? When I was a teenager I saw that word being used to describe me and my friends (who were also my classmates). 20 years later I saw newspaper articles about it, mis-portraying what we did as "inventing patents" though we never bothered with patents at all*. Maybe we were used for propaganda in the media. But at age 15 or 16 I did not quite understand what was going on*.



Fast-forward to 2022 and we now see the EPO doing this too. Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos have been increasingly using the children or "girls" (young and also gender aspect; the EPO likes talking about schoolgirls) for marketing fluff, much like the pinkwashing and greenwashing [1, 2] stunts. This latest one (warning: epo.org link) is a marketing stunt and it's currently plastered all over the front page of epo.org, nowadays a propaganda front of Team Campinos and Team UPC.

"He has no idea what he's doing and sometimes he sounds drunk, though he casually blames "jet lag"."Regarding Campinos (or Monopoly Tony), we previously showed how he advocated indoctrinating children for so-called "IP". We shared two videos about that; he also did this 2 months ago in this recorded session (it's as shallow as a desert creek) and he loves hanging out with patent maximalists and lobbyists, not scientists, as he did months ago with CIPA, the Team UPC's biggest fanatics in the UK. He calls himself "nomad" and says he has not settled in at EPO (in 2021), though he still seeks reappointment. He has no idea what he's doing and sometimes he sounds drunk, though he casually blames "jet lag". This nonchalant attitude has been passed to his son.

And now, on top of the "Inventor" PR charade (waste of money and very risky, more so during COVID-19), he's looking to leverage youngesters, not just the work of actual scientists for reputation laundering of dictators, a.k.a. techwashing [1, 2]. Sometimes there's even posthumous exploitation. We gave examples in past years. So in other words, the EPO also exploits the dead for techwashing. ____ * This is a bit personal. I vaguely recall my duty as the financial manager of my Junior Achievement team (Young Enterprise equivalent), which won the national final, surpassing 210 rival teams. We consequently competed in the international final in Copenhagen. I was selected for the voiceover job used for this national Junior Achievement representation (explanation of our project). I later met the mayor. He likely used us all for political gain. Sure, we received recogniton (and gifts); but he likely sought to benefit from that politically.

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