Email: aolson@carlsoncaspers.com

Phone: (612) 436-9645

Alexandra J. Olson
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Alex practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent and trade secret litigation and licensing at Carlson Caspers. She draws on her engineering background to represent clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer product, and agricultural industries.

Alex has extensive experience defending generic pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman ANDA litigation.  She also has substantial experience in the trade secret arena, both enforcing client trade secrets and defending clients against accusations of trade secret misappropriation.  In addition to her litigation practice, Alex also drafts and negotiates IP-related agreements, including patent licensing and research collaboration agreements.

As part of the legal team for the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, Alex assisted a Carlson Caspers client in securing a non-exclusive license for a patent portfolio, governance framework, and standard licensing terms relating to CRISPR-Cas9 (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) genome editing technology.

Minnesota Lawyer named Alex as a 2018 Up & Coming Attorney. Minnesota Super Lawyers has recognized Alex as a “Rising Star” every year since 2015.

Alex is active in the local legal community and is a member of the Minnesota Federal Bar Association. She has also provided pro bono representation to a variety of clients; most recently, she has worked in connection with the Great North Innocence Project to represent clients who have been wrongfully convicted of serious crimes and was part of a team that prevailed in obtaining a vacated conviction for a client after a two-week evidentiary hearing on post-conviction review.

Alex is co-chair of hiring at Carlson Caspers and works to recruit law students and prospective law students to the firm.  She is a member of the firm’s diversity committee and regularly participates in meetings and events for several minority bar associations.

During law school, Alex clerked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Randy J. Holland of the Delaware Supreme Court and performed research in the areas of patent and trademark law for Professor Mark Janis. Prior to law school, Alex earned her degree in chemical engineering with a focus on biochemical engineering. As an undergraduate, she conducted research in the area of nanotechnology, with a focus on photopolymerization kinetics.


University of Iowa College of Law
J.D., with highest distinction
Order of the Coif
Articles Editor, Journal of Corporation Law

University of Iowa College of Engineering
B.S., Chemical Engineering, with honors,
with highest distinction


Minnesota Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office