Alex Osterlind

Alex’s practice includes patent application preparation and prosecution, IP portfolio management, and IP litigation support.
Alex Osterlind, Associate at Arent Fox

Alex has over a decade of experience in IP practice, and is licensed to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). His practice focuses on patent application preparation and prosecution, standards essential patents (SEPs), IP portfolio management, infringement analysis, clearance opinions, litigation support, and other IP-related matters.

In Alex’s IP practice, some exemplary technological areas include computer hardware and software, cellular and other wireless standards and protocols, network infrastructures, data storage solutions, neural networks and machine learning, 3D printing and additive manufacturing, and consumer electronics.

In addition, Alex’s practice includes Internet and online legal agreements, such as terms and conditions, privacy policies, and end user licenses.

Client Work

Alex provides a wide array of services to a variety of clients at ArentFox Schiff. In particular, Alex has contributed to developing and maintaining robust and diverse IP portfolios for multiple clients. For example, he has prepared and prosecuted numerous patents in every stage, from inception to allowance and post-issuance. Alex has also contributed to enforcement and monetization of patents through infringement analysis, claim charting, and licensing.

A substantial portion of Alex’s practice is dedicated to targeting a broad range of standards and protocols for wireless communications and storage technologies. He works closely with client in-house counsel to develop strong IP portfolios, including both issued patents and pending applications, directed to Long Term Evolution (LTE), 5G New Radio (NR), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, flash storage, and other established standards and protocols. For example, Alex collaborates with client in-house counsel on SEPs applicable to standards promulgated by 3GPP and IEEE.

Alex also works with client in-house legal teams on the burgeoning fields of neural networks/machine learning and 3D printing/additive manufacturing. He assists client in-house legal teams in developing best practices to protect such nascent technologies, which frequently require innovative legal strategies.

In addition to working with client in-house legal teams, Alex counsels smaller entity clients, including individuals. He advises and assists such clients in developing and maintaining IP protection through patents, trade secrets, and other IP portfolio mechanisms. Further, Alex has represented individuals during negotiations.

Outside of domestic practice, Alex contributes to strengthening IP protection for Arent Fox clients across many international jurisdictions by acting as US counsel to international clients and supervising foreign associates during preparation and prosecution of PCT and other international patent applications.

Previous Work

Before law school, Alex spent several years working as an engineer in the healthcare industry, during which time Alex architected and implemented software solutions allowing for HIPAA-compliant remote access to patient medical records. Prior to joining ArentFox Schiff, Alex was an Associate at Chambers-ranked law firms in the Pacific Northwest and Los Angeles.

Professional Activities

Alex maintains a dedicated pro bono practice, and has worked with several different organizations in the past to provide pro bono services. Currently, Alex serves on the Leadership Council of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ), a position he has held for over five years. Since 2016, Alex has also acted as volunteer counsel for the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Domestic Violence Legal Services Project.

Apart from his pro bono work, Alex is a member of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA).

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

While in law school, Alex served as Senior Note and Comment Editor of the Missouri Law Review. Prior to being elected to that senior editorial position, he was twice selected for publication in the Missouri Law Review. Alex authored articles titled, “Giving a Voice to the Inanimate: The Right of a Corporation to Political Free Speech” (76 MO. L. Rev. 259 (2011)), and “Staking a Claim on the Building Blocks of Life: Human Genetic Material within the United States Patent System” (75 MO. L. Rev. 617 (2010)), the latter of which won the Guy A. Thompson Award for best student article of the academic year.

More recently, Alex coauthored an article on the subject matter eligibility guidelines issued by the USPTO after the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision. This article is titled “January 21 PTO Forum helps clarify the Interim Eligibility Guidance” and is available on Lexology.

In January 2020, Alex was a panel speaker at Washington in the West, which was an MCLE conference hosted by LAIPLA.