Andrei Iancu was named Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2017. He formerly was managing partner at Irell & Manella LLP, where he is a member of the litigation and intellectual property practice groups. Iancu earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1989 and 1990 respectively, both from UCLA. He attended UCLA School of Law and received his J.D. in 1996 with Order of the Coif honors. While in law school, Iancu was the recipient of the Melville B. Nimmer Copyright Award. His article, “A Two-Track Approach to the Doctrine of Equivalents in Patent Law: Responding to Hilton Davis,” was published in Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology in 1995.
Prior to law school, 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’s current practice focuses on intellectual property litigation. He has also been involved in all other aspects of the intellectual property practice, including patent and trademark prosecution, due diligence and licensing. 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, the internet, telephony, TV broadcasting, video game systems and computer peripherals.
Andrei Iancu has been recognized as a leading individual in the area of intellectual property and patent law by Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business Guide every year from 2007 to 2010. The Legal 500 United States 2010 also recognized Iancu as being “excellent” in the area of patent litigation. The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals named him one of California’s leading intellectual property litigators in 2008, 2010 and 2011, and one of the top 20 California attorneys under 40 in 2006. 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 law. He has been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and was featured in the February 2009 issue of Super Lawyers magazine. 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 also received an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded by that firm.