Andrei Iancu

Andrei Iancu was under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a position to which he was confirmed unanimously by the Senate. In this role, Mr. Iancu led an agency with approximately 13,000 employees and an annual budget of over $3.5 billion. He was also the principal adviser in the administration on domestic and international intellectual property (IP) policy matters. Mr. Iancu is now a partner at Irell & Manella, where he represents clients on IP matters. He also co-founded earlier this year the Renewing American Innovation Project at the bipartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies. Mr. Iancu has also taught patent law at the UCLA School of Law. Earlier in his career, he was an engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company.

When AI Helps Generate Inventions, Who Is the Inventor?

By Andrei Iancu and Rama Elluru This commentary from the CSIS-SCSP Task Force on IP in the AI Era was originally published in the Special Competitive Studies Project’s Substack on February 15, 2024. With roots in the U.S. constitution, patent rights provide an exclusive property right in new inventions like drugs,
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Standard Essential Patents and European Economic Security

By Kirti Gupta and Chris Borges On April 27, 2023, the European Commission published a draft proposal on standard essential patents (SEPs) seeking to address the perceived lack of transparency and predictability in the licensing of SEPs. The commission proposes the creation of a competence center within the European Union Intellectual
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Proposed Federal Use of March-in Rights Would Weaken American Innovation

By Sujai Shivakumar and Thomas Howell   The Biden administration is considering exercising something called “march-in rights” as a policy prescription to curb drug prices. But as with any prescription, there is a need to weigh efficacy against the side-effects. In this case, there is evidence that the vast majority of
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