On August 25, 2017, the Trump administration announced Andrei Iancu to be the next Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”).

Previous to this announcement, Andrei Iancu was a managing partner at Irell & Manella LLP, practicing full time with the firm’s litigation and intellectual property practice groups.  He also practiced other fields of intellectual property, which included patent and trademark prosecution, due diligence, and licensing.  He worked in the technological fields including genetic testing, the Internet, medical devices, therapeutics, telephony, TV broadcasting, video game systems and computer peripherals.   Additionally, he co-taught “Patent Intensive” at UCLA School of Law with a fellow partner from Irell & Manella, Alan Heinrich.

Representing high-profiled clients like TiVo and Ariosa Diagnostics, Iancu has been recognized many times for his legal work, being listed by Intellectual Asset Management (“IAM”) as California’s top patent litigators in its annual IAM Patent 1000 report.  Los Angeles Business Journal also named him as Lawyer of the Year in 2016.  His name was also highlighted by the Los Angeles-San Francisco Daily Journal, Managing Intellectual Property, and The Best Lawyers in America.

Before his legal career, Iancu worked as an engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from UCLA.  He also received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1996.