Trump to nominate Andrei Iancu as USPTO Director

Andrei Iancu

President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Andrei Iancu of California to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce.

Iancu is currently the managing partner of Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice focuses on intellectual property law.

The White House said Iancu has advised plaintiffs and defendants across a wide variety of industries.

It said Iancue has appeared in front of the Patent and Trademark Office, the US International Trade Commission, US district courts, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

“He has published and spoken on intellectual property issues, and taught patent law at UCLA,” said the White House.

“Mr. Iancu earned his J.D., M.S. in mechanical engineering, and B.S. in aerospace engineering, from UCLA.

“Prior to law school, Mr. Iancu was an engineer at Hughes Aircraft.”

Iancu’s profile on the web site of Irell & Manella LLP said he “has represented clients across the technology spectrum, including those associated with medical devices, genetic testing, therapeutics, the Internet, telephony, TV broadcasting, video game systems and computer peripherals.”

The profile added: “In 2016, the Los Angeles Business Journal named Mr. Iancu Lawyer of the Year for firms with 75-125 attorneys.

“In 2017, he was selected as one of BTI’s Client Service All-Stars, a list of attorneys singled out for exemplary client service by corporate counsel at large organizations.

“In 2013, California Lawyer magazine named Mr. Iancu an Attorney of the Year in the area of intellectual property.

“The CLAY award, as it is commonly known, is given annually to California attorneys whose achievements had a significant impact on the law. Mr. Iancu was recognized for the large settlements he secured in 2012 for TiVo.

“Overall, judgments and settlements for TiVo resulting from patent cases against EchoStar, AT&T, Verizon, Microsoft, Motorola and Cisco resulted in total payments to TiVo of over $1.6 billion.”