USPTO Interviews: Leading an IP superpower


Sarah Morgan

USPTO Interviews: Leading an IP superpower

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WIPR’s Sarah Morgan sits down with USPTO director Andrei Iancu and finds him comfortable with criticism and combative on his tenure as head of the world’s most influential IP office.

When Andrei Iancu assumed his role as director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in February 2018, it was clear there was change afoot.

Before his confirmation, Iancu admitted that the office could do more to clarify one of the most-debated sections of the US Patent Act—section 101—and vowed to make the issue a priority.

Ahead of his confirmation and before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Iancu said: “If confirmed, it will be my priority to work with the office, focus on section 101 and see what further guidance can be issued.”

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