Kurt Fredrickson, Ph.D., Patent Agent

Analytical researcher, experienced physicist, savvy patent advisor

Kurt is fueled by curiosity. He doesn’t just settle for the obvious face value of a technology; he digs in to explore all of its possible applications. As a patent agent, Kurt applies this approach to develop and prosecute patents for a variety of industries and technologies.

His experience centers mostly on cutting-edge semiconductor technology, including research on transistors and thin film growth. He has also helped develop catalysts for clean energy applications, such as water splitting.

Prior to joining Patterson + Sheridan, Kurt designed semiconductor manufacturing machinery as a computational engineer at Applied Materials. He also spent more than a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Stanford University Department of Chemical Engineering and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Creative thinking to maximize a technology’s potential

Kurt’s extensive research experience has honed his analytical approach to intellectual property law. His out-of-the-box thinking and ability to view inventions in a greater context make Kurt the perfect complement to inventors who may focus on specific details or limited applications of their technology.

Inventors typically set out to solve a very specific problem. Kurt understands how to widen their view to see how one invention may apply to a number of other issues. Clients appreciate this fresh perspective and the creative balance Kurt brings to the table.

His curiosity isn’t limited to IP law, either: When he’s not dissecting a patent application, you can find Kurt exploring new music or hiking to discover new places. He’s a big basketball fan whose “madness” extends well beyond the month of March.

Practice Areas


  • Ph.D., Physics, The University of Texas at Austin, 2015
  • B.S., Physics, The University of California at Davis, 2009

Bar Admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Society