12/17/2018

The Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society Welcomes Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office


The Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society Welcomes Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Alexander Sofocleous, Hung H. Bui, and Seahvosh Nikmanesh

Palatine was to Rome as our Journal is to intellectual property. Our Journal’s palatines followed a tradition of welcoming the incoming and farwelling the parting, thus apprising our guild. Our first Editor-in-Chief George Prescott Tucker, cleverly quoted: “Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.”

We welcome the Honorable Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Formerly a Managing Partner for Irell & Manella LLP, Mr. Iancu was nominated by President Donald J. Trump on August 26, 2017, confirmed by the Senate on February 5, 2018 in a 94 Yea to 0 Nay vote, and began his first official day on February 8, 2018.5 On Febrary 23, 2018, Mr. Iancu was ceremonially sworn-in by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in the Madison Building, 1st floor, of USPTO’s Alexandria, VA headquarters. We thank Joe Matal, who performed the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO from June 7, 2017 to February 7, 2018 with grace and distinction, and we wish him the best as he continues his federal career.

100 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 384(2018)

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