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Senate Confirms USPTO Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director

February 9, 2018—The Senate Feb. 5 unanimously confirmed (94-0) Andrei Iancu to become U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director. In this role, Iancu will oversee a budget of over $3 billion and staff that provides patent protections to over 300,000 inventions every year.

Prior to his confirmation, Iancu was a Managing Partner at Irell & Manella LLP where he practiced intellectual property litigation. Iancu holds a law degree from the UCLA School of Law, and both a Master of Science in mechanical engineering and a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from UCLA.


Christa Wagner
Legislative Analyst
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