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Trent W. Merrell



Trent W. Merrell
Trent’s patent office litigation and patent prosecution work covers computer architecture, data processing and generation, software, medical devices, digital healthcare, and other electronic areas.

Trent W. Merrell is an associate in Sterne Kessler's Electronics Practice Group. His practice includes patent prosecution and PTO litigation. His prosecution work is primarily focused on preparation and prosecution of patent applications. His Patent Office Litigation practice includes inter partes and post-grant reviews.

Trent’s technological experience spans numerous areas, including medical devices, digital healthcare, computer architecture, data processing, network communications, data generation, and software/business methods.

Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Trent drafted and prosecuted patents stemming from a wide-range of technologies, including: application software, lighting systems and devices, optical systems, laser systems, alternative fuels, and medical device technologies for both diagnostics and treatment. Additionally, he acted as a contracted international search agent, wherein he analyzed PCT patent applications by conducting a patentability search on behalf of the USPTO, performing claim-by-claim analyses, and preparing an international search report for PCT applications. Trent analyzed PCT applications in the following technologies: computer architecture, application and system software, data processing (vehicles, navigation, simulations, speech/audio, artificial intelligence, and database management), network communications, cryptography, information storage, information management and security, memory and memory circuits, and data generation.

Trent earned his J.D. and LL.M., in intellectual property law, from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. During law school, Trent was named Best Advocate of the Southern Region at the Giles Sutherland Rich moot court competition on patent law. He also served as Chief Justice of UNH Law's Moot Court Board. Further, Trent participated in the International Technology Transfer Institute at UNH Law where he helped create two extensive biotechnological patent studies relating to HIV and Dengue Fever diagnostic and treatment technologies. Trent also holds a Master's degree in computer engineering from Boston University. He earned his B.S. in public heath from Utah State University.

Technical Publications

  • Pravin Conda, Craig T. Ajmo Jr. Ph.D, Jennifer Fadden Bryan, Amrita Chiluwal, Kara Verryt, Trent W. Merrell, Patent Landscape of Dengue Diagnostic Technologies, Educational Patent Landscape Report Series, Franklin Pierce Law Center International Technology Transfer Institute, 2010.

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University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
Intellectual Property Law
University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
Computer Engineering
Boston University
Public Health
Utah State University


District of Columbia
New Hampshire
United States Patent & Trademark Office

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