Andrei Iancu

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Alexandria, VA - January 5, 2018: Portrait of Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). (Photo by Jay Premack/USPTO)
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Partner Irell & Manella LLP
UCLA School of Law
Intellectual Property

Before returning as a partner to Irell & Manella LLP in April 2021, Andrei Iancu served as the undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a position to which he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. In this role, he oversaw one of the largest IP offices in the world, an agency with approximately 13,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $3.5 billion.

At Irell, Iancu focuses on IP litigation and counseling. Prior to his government service, he served as the firm’s managing partner from 2012 to 2018, the maximum allowable tenure. He has represented clients in a variety of high-profile matters in district courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the USPTO. In addition to litigation, Iancu has been involved in all other aspects of IP practice.