Washington, D.C. partner and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Group, Robert Stoll, was recently quoted in Law360’s article, “Met with Praise, Trump’s USPTO Pick Still Draws Questions.” The article features reactions to President Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Andrei Iancu, managing partner at Irell & Manella LLP. As a well-known patent litigator, Iancu has won several major disputes such as TiVo’s suits against Microsoft and Verizon.
His nomination has been met with some concern among those in the life sciences, mainly due to his role in the Ariosa Diagnostics biotech case, but Bob Stoll recommends giving him a fair chance, saying, “[H]e’s an advocate and did a very good job of representing Ariosa. I don’t think that’s indicative of what his beliefs are.”
Citing Iancu’s experience, Stoll notes, “He has expertise in patent issues and he’s the managing partner at Irell, so he has management experience… He’s not a political hack and he knows patent law. I think he’ll be great.”