David Ellard

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 have included the 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 valuation and 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.