Brian D. MacDonald – Patent Agent

Brian MacDonald - Patent Agent
Dr. Brian D. MacDonald is an experienced patent agent proficient in writing patent applications and pursuing patents in a wide range of technologies. Dr. MacDonald began his career as a U.S. Patent Examiner but he soon moved to the client-service side of patent work. He also has worked as a professional searcher and handles most searches conducted by the firm.

Dr. MacDonald earned a PhD from the Georgia Tech through research in experimental nuclear physics conducted at many U.S. national laboratories, traveling with international teams of scientists. At Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), Brian assembled, calibrated and operated complex arrays of gamma-ray and particle detectors. He worked directly with the world’s first segmented germanium clover array and helped commission the Recoil Mass Spectrometer (RMS) of ORNL, the most advanced heavy-ion mass spectrometer of its time. He also worked extensively with high-vacuum systems and nitrogen and helium cooling systems. Prior to these experiences, Dr. MacDonald manufactured radioactive calibration standards, automated electron-beam welding procedures for their manufacture, and coded software for controlling robotic remote manipulators.

Dr. MacDonald’s patent practice has included work in the following technology areas:

  • Semiconductor technologies as applied in memory and light-sensitive charge-coupled devices (CCD)
  • Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Nuclear related technology and other alternative energy sources
  • Display technologies including LCD, light-scavenging, and electronic paper devices
  • Electronics in cable television (CATV) security filtering and in automotive sensors
  • Mechanical equipment and medical devices

Education

  • Ph.D., Experimental Nuclear Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology