Without dissent (94-0), the U.S. Senate has confirmed Mr. Andrei Iancu as Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. In addition to administering the 10,000 person and $2 billion Federal Agency, Iancu will also serve as a primary adviser for the White House on Intellectual Property law issues — both domestic and foreign.
Iancu takes over from Joseph Matal who was instrumental in development and passage of the America Invents Act in his role as General Counsel of the Judiciary Committee under Republican Jeff Sessions.
As a longtime patent attorney and patent litigator, Iancu brings both a wealth of experience and understanding of the system. I am looking forward to his leadership of the agency! Congratulations and Welcome.