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USPTO May Get a New Director Tomorrow, But It's Not Good News

Andrei Iancu



Summary: It is expected that Andrei Iancu (above) will become the Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), probably late tomorrow, but why the silence on the likely impact he would have on the Office?

THE USPTO has been headless for a long time, except for its interim leadership (Director). Trump's nominee is a cause for concern because he's from the patent microcosm, putting aside more personal aspects (such as him being born in the Soviet Union and being picked by Trump's official who is most closely connected to Putin's family); we don't want to use the McCarthyist tactics, so instead we focus on Andrei Iancu's professional background.



"The writings are on the wall and Iancu in this position would likely exacerbate things."Is a private patent law firm about to 'take over'? According to this, "[t]he USPTO should have a new director within the next few days. President Trump nominated Irell & Manella partner Andrei Iancu for the position last fall. A vote is now scheduled on the Senate Floor for late Monday. So far, no Senators have voiced any direct opposition to the nomination."

Have any Senators bothered researching this matter? Have any corporations (or their front groups) bothered commenting on the matter? If not, why not? Are they just trying to be diplomatic in case he gets appointed? The writings are on the wall and Iancu in this position would likely exacerbate things. It's bad enough as it is and it can only get worse after the PTO amassed many patents of questionable quality (reducing legal certainty).

"It's bad enough as it is and it can only get worse after the PTO amassed many patents of questionable quality (reducing legal certainty)."It is worth noting, based on another new post, that while the EPO is a milking cow for Germany the USPTO is anything but (for the US). It's cash negative (losses). "Several USPTO fees were modified in January 2018," it says. "I’ll note here that the America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011 substantially expanded the USPTO’s fee setting authority. However, that authority is set to sunset in September of this year (2018)." In relation to taxes there's more to be said. What will the USPTO be like for ordinary people unlike massive corporations, some of which use patents merely as a tax evasion mechanism? Vis-à-vis tax evasion, mind the new report below (from Switzerland). It covered Patent Boxes, which are infamous for their utility among very large tax evaders.

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