Todd Alder

Patent Attorney - Partner, Thorpe North & Western




  • Sep 04, 2015


  • Sandy, Utah, United States

    Active Country

  • USPTO, Utah


  • English


  • Practice Areas

  • Specialization


Todd strives to provide clients with excellent legal service relating to the protection of intellectual property rights, particularly with regard to U.S. and foreign patents and trademarks. He strongly feels that the best protection for intellectual property begins at an early stage of development of a business or new technology. This business-oriented approach often results in a stronger asset portfolio with a broader coverage than originally anticipated by the client. Todd personally pays careful attention to a client’s needs, and works very closely with associate attorneys and staff to enhance the value of that client’s intellectual property position.

Todd has always had a natural curiosity about all things scientific, and this, combined with graduate work that required skills in neurophysiology, acoustics, electronics, and molecular biology, has given him a broad scientific and technical background. He has prepared and prosecuted patents in the general areas of chemical, biotechnological, pharmaceutical, electronic, and acoustic arts, among others. He has specific biological and chemical experience in areas such as pharmaceutical compositions and therapeutic delivery, including transdermal and ocular drug delivery and delivery devices, various biotechnologies and biotechnological assays, polymer chemistry, stem cell technologies, neurophysiological procedures and devices, cell injection technologies, electrophysiology, various medical devices, and nutraceutical compositions.

Work history

Equity Partner
Thorpe North & Western
January 2014 – Present (1 year 9 months)

Patent Attorney
Thorpe North & Western
July 2004 – Present (11 years 3 months)

Associate Partner
Thorpe North & Western
October 2008 – January 2014 (5 years 4 months)
I have drafted and prosecuted patents in a variety of biotechnological, pharmaceutical, and chemical areas, as well as have extensive experience in the electrical arts.

Life science examples include ocular drug delivery and delivery devices, oral and transdermal drug delivery devices and formulations, genetic engineering technologies, stem and iPS cell technology, biotechnological assays, single cell injection technologies, and the like.

Electrical and material science experience includes optoelectronic devices such as photodiodes, CMOS imagers, infrared detectors, 3D visualization devices, LEDs, and solar devices, as well as semiconductor fabrication, epitaxial deposition, SOI processing, laser technologies, CMP technologies, thermal management, and diamond coatings.

I have also filed and prosecuted numerous trademark applications, and performed freedom to operate, infringement, and invalidity opinion work.

Technical Consultant
Thorpe North & Western
May 2002 – July 2004 (2 years 3 months)

Education and qualifications

S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, J.D., IP Law

University of Utah, Ph.D., Neurobiology

University of Utah, B.S., Biology


Pulse rise time but not duty cycle affects the temporal selectivity of neurons in the anuran midbrain that prefer slow AM rates
J. Neurophysiol. 93:1336-1341 (2005)

Auditory midbrain neurons that count
Nature Neuroscience 5(10):934-936 (2002)

The neuroethology of acoustic communication in Pacific treefrogs
In: Recent advances in anuran communication. Ed. M.J. Ryan Smithsonian Institution Press

Integration and recovery processes contribute to the temporal selectivity of neurons in the midbrain of Rana pipiens
J. Comp. Physiology 186: 923-937 (2000)

Neural mechanisms underlying amplitude modulation selectivity in the auditory system of anurans
Doctoral Dissertation, University of Utah, 2000

Long-term temporal integration in the anuran auditory system
Nature Neuroscience 1:519-523 (1998)

Responses of electrosensory neurons in the torus semicircularis of eigenmannia to complex beat stimuli: testing hypotheses of temporal filtering
J. Comp. Physiology 175:467-474 (1994)
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