Photograph of Karla I. Arias, Dr. sc. nat.


  • University of California, San Diego, B.S. chemistry (2004)
  • University of Zurich, M.Sc. chemistry (2006)
  • University of Zurich, Dr. sc. nat. organic chemistry (2011)
  • George Mason University, J.D. (2018)


  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Karla I. Arias, Dr. sc. nat.

Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2899
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

Dr. Karla I. Arias is an associate in the Intellectual Property Group in Crowell & Moring's Washington D.C. office.

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

Karla received her doctorate in organic chemistry at 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 chemistry from the University of Zurich, focusing on organic chemistry, and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.  

Karla has focused on patent prosecution and has used her scientific background to provide technical analysis in support of patent counseling, opinion work, and litigation for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. 

Representative Engagements

  • Waters Tech., Inc. & Waters Corp., Inc. v. Agilent Techs., Inc., No. 18-1450-MN (D. Del.) – Representing Agilent in a patent infringement suit on N-glycan labeling reagent.

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • HNBA/Microsoft Intellectual Property Law Institute (IPLI) Fellow


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)


  • "Risk Allocation For Drug And Device Cos. And Their Suppliers," Law360 (February 12, 2021). Authors: Hilary Johnson, Karla I. Arias, and Emily Tucker.
  • "Removal of Ecotoxicity of 17a-ethinylestradiol using TAML/Peroxide Water Treatment," Scientific Reports, 5, 10511-10520 (2015). Co-Author: Karla I. Arias.
  • "Linear Bilateral Extended 2,2’:6’,2”-Terpyridine Ligands, Their Coordination Complexes, and Heterometallic Supramolecular Networks," Chemical Science, 5, 4317-4327 (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.

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