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  • University of California, San Diego, B.S. chemistry
  • University of Zurich, M.Sc. organic chemistry
  • University of Zurich, Dr. sc. nat. organic chemistry

Karla I. Arias

 Dr. sc. nat., Patent Agent Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2899
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Dr. Karla I. Arias is a patent agent in the Intellectual Property Group in Crowell & Moring's Washington D.C. office. Karla focuses on patent prosecution and provides technical analysis in the fields of organic chemistry and pharmaceutics, in support of patent counseling, opinion work and litigation for the pharmaceutical industry. She is fluent in Spanish and German.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Karla worked as a Swiss National Science Foundation fellow at the Institute for Green Science of Carnegie Mellon University, investigating the degradation of endocrine-disrupting contaminants in water and the formation and reactivity of iron complexes. 

She received her doctorate at the Organic Chemistry Institute of the University of Zurich, where her research focused on the synthesis of supramolecular architectures and the study of fluorescent and phosphorescent properties of supramolecular building blocks. In addition, Karla holds a M.Sc. in organic chemistry from the University of Zurich, and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.  

Karla has experience with a variety of chemical and pharmaceutical technologies, including polymers, small molecules, nanomaterials, and catalysts. 

Karla is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).


  • "Linear Bilateral Extended 2,2’:6’,2”-Terpyridine Ligands, Their Coordination Complexes, and Heterometallic Supramolecular Networks," Chemical Science, DIO: 10.1039/C4SC01025F (2014). Co-Author: Karla I. Arias.
  • "Synthesis of a D3-Symmetric 'Trefoil' Knotted Cyclophane," Chemical Communications, 47, 9588-9590 (2011). Co-Author: Karla I. Arias.
  • "Synthesis of Arylbromides from Arenes and N-bromosuccinimide (NBS) in Acetonitrile – A Convenient Method for Aromatic Bromination," Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 87, 440-447 (2009). Co-Author: Karla I. Arias.