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Video Sheds Light on Policy/Stance of the Man Rumoured to be Battistelli's Successor at the EPO

Dr. Ernst of EPO



Summary: An analysis of a presentation from Dr. Ernst, who is rumoured to be among the possible options for EPO leadership after Battistelli, who is stuck deep in or under the mud right now

TECHRIGHTS is interested in knowing whether the EPO will adhere to the EPC and refrain from granting software patents, which software professionals don't want anyway (they already have copyrights).



Currently, the only person who is rumoured to be a contender to become Battistelli's replacement is Dr. Ernst, whom we believed to have been among the opposition to Battistelli in the last meeting of the Administrative Council (December 2015).

“What is interesting is not his presentation but that the roundtable was chaired by Julia Reda.”
      --Anonymous
"I've been looking a little more," told us a reader (FOSS person), "and still not finding anything aside from neutral, political statements. Some are even issued through his lawyer. I did spot the following though. What is interesting is not his presentation but that the roundtable was chaired by Julia Reda. I do not know her but I do know that she's been doing excellent work in the parliament. Maybe she is one of the people that could say what position Ernst has."

We asked her yesterday, but have not yet received a response. A few months ago she warned that TPP would bring software patents to Europe and she knows the perils of software patents, being more technically literate than a lot of politicians out there.

Our reader found this video and asked about Dr. Ernst: "Is this him?"

“At 18:00 he seems to dodge naming software patents.”
      --Anonymous
Well, it sure looks like it. He mentioned the EPC too.

"The part about patents starts at 12:15 to 19:00 and he talks about EPC," our reader says. "At 18:00 he seems to dodge naming software patents. At about 20:00 he begins about copyright."

Here is the full video, which can be streamed non-sequentially.



When Battistelli leaves the Office and goes back to Corsica where he comes from (or rejoin his political allies who are Sarkozy-connected) it'll be interesting to see if the EPO removes the ban on Techrights.

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