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Alex Trimble, Ph.D.

Alex Trimble, Ph.D.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

San Francisco, CA, USA

Alexander Trimble, Ph.D., is a registered patent attorney who counsels clients in patent prosecution and portfolio management. He regularly evaluates issues related to patentability and freedom-to-operate, including performing prior art, landscape and freedom-to-operate searches, and the preparation of patentability, validity and freedom-to-operate opinions for portfolio analyses and investment due diligence.

Some representative projects include preparation and prosecution of patent applications for both public institutions and private pharmaceutical companies and management of the patent portfolios, preparation of patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions for venture capital groups, and assisting a large public company with development of a new product in the personalized medicine space.

The core technology of Dr. Trimble's practice is chemistry, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals (organic, inorganic and organometallic), materials and polymers. He also has experience with biotechnology (assays, PCR), polymeric drug delivery methods, fuel cell materials and nanotechnology.

Dr. Trimble's graduate work emphasized the rational design of new materials for nanometer scale imaging. His work included the design and synthesis of small molecules, as well as functional macromolecules including amphiphilic dendrimers, star and hyperbranched polymers using, for example, nitroxide mediated free radical polymerization methods. These materials were utilized in studies for nanoscale patterning using Self-Assembled Monolayers and thin layers that were patterned using Atomic Force Microscopy and electron-beam devices.

Professional & Community Activities

American Chemical Society

California Bar Association

San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D. (2006)
    2003 CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Research & Writing
  • University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., Chemistry (2002)  
  • Cornell University, A.B., Chemistry (1997)
    cum laude 

Bar Admissions

  • California (2006)


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2002)
Alex Trimble, Ph.D. is associated with the following items:
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp 2018: An Introduction to Patent Drafting, Prosecution, and Litigation, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, San Francisco, CA

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