US President Donald Trump has nominated a Romanian lawyer to run the American Patent and Trademark Office, according to a White House announcement.
Trum announced on Friday his nominations to key positions in his Administration. Among them there are Andrei Iancu of California, who is 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. Andrei Iancu has advised plaintiffs and defendants across a wide variety of industries. He has appeared in front of the Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. 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.
Iancu has a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from UCLA. Prior to law school, Andrei 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.
Iancu was designated in 2007 the best lawyer on intellectual property and patent law, while in 2016 he was awarded the best lawyer of the year by Los Angeles Business Journal, which acknowledged his knowledge and expertize in the field, his leader attitude and exemplary behavior.
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 the past, the company where Andrei Iancu was partner, Irell & Manella, defended Trump, next to Mark Burnett Productions and NBC Universal, in a case involving copyright claims on “The Apprentice” reality show.