Iancu Leaves Pro-Patentee Legacy As USPTO Director

By Ryan Davis (January 21, 2021, 8:54 PM EST) -- Former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu, who stepped down Wednesday after nearly three years on the job, will be remembered for instituting policies that tended to favor patentees while making USPTO procedures clearer and more predictable, attorneys say.

Iancu, who resigned upon the inauguration of President Joe Biden, made numerous changes at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that attorneys say increase the chances that patents will survive challenges and also issued guidance on how to evaluate patent eligibility, which the office said last year has led to fewer patent applications being rejected.

"He was a forceful and...

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