David Ellard and Software Patents
Working at DG Internal Market since at least mid 2003, became successor of Anthony Howard in 2004/12.
Participant in FFII Conference of 2004/04/14.
Regularly argues that knowledge economy needs a market where new ideas can be traded like material goods.
- David Ellard has been an official of the European Commission since 1995 and has worked in the fields of information technology, competition and now industrial property. His responsibilities currently include the proposed directive on patentability of software inventions, international exhaustion of trademarks, the proposed directive on enforcement of IP rights and questions related to economic and
competition aspects of industrial property, including patent litigation *insurance*. Previous to his current position in the Internal Market DG of the Commission, he worked in anti-trust policy in the information technology sector and in the EC's information technology research programme, Esprit. Prior to the European Commission, he worked in the information and communications technology sector as a sales engineer for voice and data networking products.
appearances/slides from conferences
- includes slides named "issues", "Problems of access to patents for SME", "Competition vs. IP law"
Brussels December 11 2003: http://aivpc41.vub.ac.be/persknipsels/persdocu/Ellard.pdf
- No "Competition vs. IP law" slide in this presentation, instead: vaccum-cleaner
Ishia October 7 2003 Industrial Property Quo Vadis?
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