European Bureaucrats Prefer DualShocks To Keyboards

Patent examiners at the European Patent Office (EPO) have to do a lot of manual work. Searching, flipping, typing, reading. And for their jobs, a mouse and keyboard just don't cut it.

So when using their big, expensive EPOQUE database system (a portal for online database searching within the EPO), they don't use them. Instead, we've learned they use what the EPO calls "commercial game controllers", but which you and I would call a "DualShock 2".

Turns out that these types of devices are much better for the endless, repetitive browsing and scanning through records that the job requires than those boring old keyboards.

Surely the irony of using a rumbling Sony controller in a patent office is lost on none of them.


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