[Ip-health] Ars Technica: IP lawyer who represented TiVo is Trump’s pick as USPTO chief

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Mon Aug 28 07:06:29 PDT 2017


President Donald Trump has selected Andrei Iascu, the managing partner of a
major Los Angeles law firm, to be the next head of the US Patent and
Trademark Office.

Iancu has been a partner at Irell & Manella since 2004, and was an
associate at the firm for five years earlier.


His most notable work in the tech sector is likely his representation of
TiVo Corp. in its long-running patent battles with companies like EchoStar,
Motorola, Microsoft, Verizon, and Cisco. TiVo ultimately succeeded in
compelling those defendants to pay up for its pioneering DVR patents, and
payments to TiVo ultimately totaled more than $1.6 billion, according to
Iascu's biography page.

Iascu also had a hand in Immersion Corp.'s $82 million jury verdict against
Sony Computer Entertainment, in which a jury found that Immersion's patent
claims on tactile feedback technology were valid and infringed.

Those big wins aside, most of Iascu's work has been on the defense side.
He's represented eBay in a case against Acacia Research Corp., a large,
publicly traded non-practicing entity, and worked for Hewlett-Packard when
it defended against Xerox patent claims.

He's also worked in the medical device area, enforcing patents for St. Jude
Medical on vascular closure devices.

Iascu represented Ariosa Diagnostics in a case against Sequenom and
succeeded in invalidating a genetic testing patent. The Sequenom decision
was not popular amongst biotech companies and the lawyers who represent

The Irell & Manella firm once defended Trump, along with NBC Universal and
Mark Burnett Productions, against a claim of copyright infringement related
to The Apprentice. There's no indication Iascu was involved in that case.

Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International
41 22 791 6727
thiru at keionline.org

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