Ian Pilgrim, Ph.D.

Ian Pilgrim, Ph.D.

patent agent

Ian is a registered patent agent and a Ph.D. physicist with a passion for effective communication and quality in design. He greatly enjoys helping to expand and share a collective understanding of our world while tackling the challenges and harnessing the opportunities afforded by evolving technological and legal landscapes.

Education and Professional Experience

Ian’s lifelong passion for science comprises an appreciation not only of the mechanisms that drive the natural world, but also of the art of expressing complex ideas with precision and clarity. While pursuing his interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in mathematics-physics at Whitman College, Ian enjoyed applying his attention to detail in a collaborative, deadline-driven environment as a copy editor for the college newspaper, and he developed his skills as a physics experimentalist through consecutive summers of internships funded by the National Science Foundation.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree cum laude in 2008, Ian enrolled in a physics Ph.D. program at the University of Oregon, where he studied under Professor Richard Taylor. Ian’s dissertation work focused on experimental investigations of two-dimensional electron gases in mesoscopic semiconductor systems at temperatures near absolute zero. Additionally, Ian developed and refined fractal analysis techniques for application to real-world time-series data sets, such as those produced in his experiments. Ian has presented his research findings at regional conferences and at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society, as well as internationally as a guest researcher at Lund University in Sweden.

Ian earned his Ph.D. in 2014 and joined the DASCENZO Intellectual Property Law team shortly thereafter, where he derives great satisfaction from applying his technical expertise in support of his colleagues and their clients.


Outside of work, Ian enjoys playing the guitar, bass, drums, and piano. He also particularly enjoys hobbies that result in a delicious end product, such as roasting coffee and brewing beer.

Selected Publications

  • Micolich, A.; See, A.; Scannell, B.; Marlow, C.; Martin, T.; Pilgrim, I.; Hamilton, A.; Linke, H.; Taylor, R. “Is It the Boundaries or Disorder That Dominates Electron Transport in Semiconductor ‘Billiards’?,” Fortschr. Phys.; 61; 332 (2012).
  • See, A.; Pilgrim, I.; Scannell, B.; Montgomery, R.; Klochan, O.; Burke, A.; Aagesen, M.; Lindelof, P.; Farrer, I.; Ritchie, D.; Taylor, R.; Hamilton, A.; Micolich, A. “Impact of Small-Angle Scattering on Ballistic Transport in Quantum Dots,” Phys. Rev. Lett.; 108; 196807 (2012).
  • Scannell, B.; Pilgrim, I.; See, A.; Montgomery, R.; Morse, P.; Fairbanks, M.; Marlow, C.; Linke, H.; Farrer, I.; Ritchie, D.; Hamilton, A.; Micolich, A.; Eaves, L.; Taylor, R. “Probing the Sensitivity of Electron Wave Interference to Disorder-Induced Scattering in Solid-State Devices,” Phys. Rev. B; 85; 195319 (2012).
  • Pokrifchak, M.; Turner, T.; Pilgrim, I.; Johnston, M,; Hipps, K. “Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Orbital-Mediated Tunneling Spectroscopy Study of 1,5-Di(octyloxy)anthracene Adsorbed on Highly Ordered Pyrolytic Graphite from Various Solvents and in Different Environments,” J. Phys. Chem. C; 111 (21); 7735 (2007).