Takeaway: Former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director negatively reacted to President Biden’s draft policy that would limit injunctions in cases involving standard essential patents (SEPs).

The former USPTO director, Andrei Iancu, mentioned a “huge shift” in recent years involving more pressure from implementers of standard essential patents (SEPs) over innovators that he said has disrupt the U.S. patent system balance. Iancu mentioned that the Trump administration policy position treated SEPs like any other patent and called the current administration’s proposal of singling out one type of patent for disparate treatment as “dangerous”.

Instead, Iancu believes all patents should be treated equally. Iancu has stated, “We should not depart from long-standing U.S. policy on standard-essential patents.”