Ep. 19 – Take Me To Your PTO Leader, Andrei Iancu

Leading IP Industry Podcast



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Your hosts, Brad Sheafe and David Pridham discuss the recent appointment of Andrei Iancu to be the new Director of US Patent Office, or could it be a more sinister Patent Czar? Listen in to learn why.

They speculate on his new patent policies and whether he is in a position to begin to reverse so much of the damage to the US patent system inflicted upon us under Michele Lee and the Obama-era administration, starring your favorite tech company to hate, Google, Alphabet or whatever they call themselves these days aside from menacing threat to the individual inventor.

From Bio Page of Irell & Manella LLP

Andrei Iancu is the Managing Partner of Irell & Manella LLP. Mr. Iancu also practices full time as a member of the litigation and intellectual property practice groups.

Mr. Iancu’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation. He has also been involved in all other aspects of the intellectual property practice, including prosecution, due diligence and licensing. Mr. Iancu is registered to practice in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. 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.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Iancu co-teaches patent law at the UCLA School of Law.

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.

Mr. Iancu has also been recognized as a leading individual in the area of intellectual property and patent law by Chambers USA every year since 2007. Chambers has described him as “enormously sharp and strategic,” “a brilliant lawyer,” and “really hard-working.” International Asset Management magazine has described Mr. Iancu as an “excellent practitioner” and listed him among California’s top patent litigators in its IAM Patent 1000 every year since 2011. In the 2015 edition, he was described as “whip-smart and articulate,” “so accomplished at presenting to judge and jury,” and “takes a common-sense approach to dispute resolution and is an extremely pleasant person too.” The Legal 500 US has recognized Mr. Iancu in the area of patent litigation every year since 2010. The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals named him among the top 100 attorneys in California in 2011-2014, as well as one of California’s leading IP litigators in 2008 and 2010-2017, and one of the top 20 California attorneys under 40 in 2006. The Los Angeles Business Journal selected Mr. Iancu as one of the 2017 Most Influential Intellectual Property Lawyers in Los Angeles. Managing Intellectual Property recognized him as an “IP Star” in 2013-2017. Mr. Iancu has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2007 in the areas of commercial litigation and intellectual property lawHe has been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” in 2008-2017 and was listed among the “Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers” in 2014. Mr. Iancu was also featured in the February 2009 issue of Super Lawyers magazine. He has received an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded by that firm.

Mr. Iancu frequently speaks and writes on intellectual property matters. His articles have been cited by numerous other publications. In 2009, Mr. Iancu was awarded the 36th Annual Rossman Award from the Patent and Trademark Office Society for his article “Code on Disks and Hat Tricks – Is Computer Software on a Medium Really Patentable?” published in the February 2008 edition of the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society. This award is given for the Journal article that “makes the greatest contribution to the fields of patents, trademarks and copyrights” during the publication year.

Mr. Iancu has a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from UCLA. Prior to law school, Mr. Iancu was an engineer at Hughes Aircraft Co. where he received several awards including the Malcolm R. Currie Innovation Award. He is still licensed as a Professional Engineer in California.

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