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Alexander R. Trimble, PhD


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Alex is an experienced patent attorney with a diverse client base. He provides leading pharmaceutical companies with strategic legal and business advice pertaining to patent prosecution and patent portfolio management. Alex regularly evaluates issues related to patentability and freedom-to-operate. He holds a PhD in organic chemistry from UC Berkeley and focuses primarily on chemistry pertaining to pharmaceuticals, chemicals, materials, and polymers.

Alex is a registered patent attorney who advises clients on matters pertaining to patent prosecution and patent portfolio management. He provides guidance to clients on developing portfolios for critical assets, and helps devise strategies for expanding protections on existing portfolios. Alex regularly performs prior art, landscape, and freedom-to-operate searches as part of his evaluation of patentability and freedom-to-operate issues, and prepares patentability, validity, and freedom-to-operate opinions for portfolio analyses and investment due diligence.

Alex has prepared and prosecuted patent applications for both public institutions and private pharmaceutical companies. In addition, he has managed patent portfolios for a variety of clients, prepared patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions for venture capital groups, and assisted in the development of a new product in the personalized medicine space for a medical technology provider. Although his practice focuses primarily on chemistry — including pharmaceuticals, chemicals (organic, inorganic, and organometallic), materials, and polymers — Alex also has experience with biotechnology (assays, PCR), polymeric drug delivery methods, fuel cell materials, and nanotechnology.

Alex’s PhD research focused on the rational design of new materials for nanometer scale imaging, and included the design and synthesis of small molecules and functional macromolecules for use in studies for nanoscale patterning.


  • University of San Francisco (JD)
  • University of California - Berkeley (PhD, Organic Chemistry)
  • Cornell University (BA)


  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Member, California Bar Association

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EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS: Intellectual Property — Don’t Get Caught Double Patenting!

October 21, 2021 | Podcast | By Lily Zhang, Alex Trimble, PhD

In this episode of the EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS: Intellectual Property podcast, Mintz patent attorneys Lily Zhang and Alex Trimble, PhD, discuss double patenting, a complicated and sometimes confounding area of patent law.
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On September 21, 2017, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) signed between the European Union (EU) and Canada provisionally entered into force in Canada. 
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Mintz continues to expand its bicoastal Intellectual Property Practice with the addition of veteran patent attorney Alex Trimble, Ph.D. who will serve as a Member in the San Francisco office.



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ACC, San Francisco-Life Sciences CLE Conference


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