The Impact of Artificial Intelligence in the Patent System

Andrei Iancu – Director of the USPTO

This lecture will cover the growing capabilities and economic impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and its implications for IP policy and law. Moreover, it will explain how the USPTO helps the U.S. to continue leading when it comes to innovation, especially in the emerging technologies of the future, including AI and machine learning.

In his role as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Andrei Iancu provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world. He also serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international intellectual property policy matters.

Prior to joining the USPTO, Mr. Iancu was the Managing Partner at Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice focused on intellectual property litigation. Mr. Iancu has also taught patent law at the UCLA School of Law and has written and spoken publicly on a variety of intellectual property issues. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Iancu was an engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company.

Mr. Iancu holds a Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law. He also has a Master of Science in mechanical engineering and a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering, both from UCLA. His full bio can be found at

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, 11 September 2019, at 6:00 pm at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (room E10), Marstallplatz 1, 80539 Munich.