Ian Pilgrim, Ph.D.

Registered Patent Agent

Ian is a registered patent agent and a Ph.D. physicist with a passion for effective communication and attention to detail. He greatly enjoys working to expand and share a collective understanding of our world while exploring the challenges and opportunities afforded by our continually evolving technological and legal landscapes.

Professional Experience and Education

Ian’s lifelong passion for science is rooted not only in a curiosity regarding the mechanisms that drive the natural world, but also in an appreciation of the art of expressing complex ideas with precision and clarity. While pursuing his 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 an experimental physicist through summer internships funded by the National Science Foundation.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree cum laude in 2008, Ian pursued a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Oregon under Professor Richard P. Taylor. Ian’s dissertation studies 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 and national conferences, as well as internationally as a guest researcher at Lund University in Sweden.

After earning his Ph.D., Ian joined the DASCENZO GATES Intellectual Property Law team in 2014. In his role as a patent agent, Ian derives great satisfaction from applying his technical expertise in support of his clients and colleagues. In particular, Ian is committed to ensuring that his clients’ needs are recognized and met and that his clients understand the requirements and benefits of the patenting process. Through his work, Ian takes pleasure in exploring and immersing himself in a wide variety of practice areas, including aerospace manufacturing, outdoor sports and recreation equipment, analytical tool design, footwear, toys, and many more.


Outside of work, Ian enjoys photography, cycling, and playing bass guitar in a band comprising other professionals from the Portland intellectual property community. He also particularly enjoys hobbies that result in a delicious end product, such as roasting coffee and brewing beer.

Selected Publications

  • Pilgrim, I.; Taylor, R. “Fractal Analysis of Time-Series Data Sets: Methods and Challenges,” Fractal Analysis; IntechOpen; DOI: 10.5772/intechopen81958 (2018).
  • 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).