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Bell & Associates is a patent law firm based in San Francisco, California. The firm was founded by two British patent practitioners, Adam Bell and Matthew Kaser. We practice US and international patent law and work extensively with clients in both the United States and Britain.

Adam Warwick Bell

Adam Warwick Bell PhotoAdam Bell holds a doctorate (D.Phil.) in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford (1994). He received his law degree from The University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco (1997). He practiced patent law with the Oregon firm of Klarquist Sparkman et al., and subsequently served as patent counsel at Incyte Genomics, and Durect Corporation (a medical devices company). Dr. Bell has served as scientific advisor to two biotech equity funds and currently serves as an advisor to Davis Bioscience Group and Nutragenomics Inc. From 1999-2001 he served on the board and as corporate secretary for the USPTO's Patent and Trademark Depository Library in California. He also teaches patent administration. Dr. Bell is admitted to practice law in California and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Matthew R. Kaser

Matthew R. Kaser PhotoMatthew Kaser received his doctorate (D.Phil.) in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford in 1988. He also holds a B.Sc. (Zoology) and M.Sc. (Biochemistry) from the University of Wales. After post-doctoral positions at the University of California and the University of Texas, Dr. Kaser held a post-doctoral fellowship in Molecular Endocrinology at the REI Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He later held a faculty position at the UCSF Department of Pediatrics, and then served as a scientist at Incyte Genomics. Dr. Kaser has been practicing as a patent agent since 1999, first at Incyte, and then as Associate Director of Intellectual Property at Mendel Biotechnology. He is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Academic Qualifications & Publications.

Earle W. Jennings

Earle Jennings received his MS in Mathematical Sciences in 1996 from the University of Texas at Dallas and a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Thomas Edison State College in 1989. After working as an engineer for decades, Earle became a practicing patent agent in 1999. He has extensive experience in international as well as US patent prosecution, and is an expert in computer related inventions, complex electro-mechanical assemblies, communications and nanotechnology. He is a member of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), IEEE, ASME, and the National Association of Patent Practitioners. He is also an inventor, with 19 patents to his name.


Working Closely PhotoWorking closely under the supervision of our partners, our associates are carefully selected for their expertise in specific technical fields. Dr. J. Kelly supports our electrical engineering practice. Sarah Millar provides many years of trademark experience. Dr. Quincy Low provides particular expertise in structural chemistry and Dr. Ward handles biologics and prokaryotic biochemistry. We maintain a cordial professional relationship with former and present US Patent Office examiners who are able assist us when needed with complex strategic proceedings at the USPTO.

Bell & Associates is a full service intellectual property law firm and in addition to our patent practice we are happy to efficiently attend to all you trademark and copyright needs. Contracts, licensing and other general legal services are provided as needed by our experienced attorneys.