Scott F. Wendorf is a registered patent attorney with many years of strategic intellectual property counseling and IP portfolio management experience, having guided clients through a myriad of IP issues associated with complex business structures and transactions. He has drafted and negotiated licenses, technology development agreements, and confidentiality agreements, managed patent prosecution, and led IP due diligence for multi-million-dollar acquisitions and divestitures.
Wendorf came to Carstens & Cahoon after a lengthy career with a Fortune 500 energy services firm. As Senior Counsel at Halliburton and later as Director of Global Intellectual Asset Management, Wendorf managed a portfolio of thousands of patents and patent applications filed in over forty countries, from mechanical devices to software, fiber optics, elastomers, and nanotechnology. He also brings a significant international perspective, having served for several years as Managing Director in charge of Halliburton’s office in Zug, Switzerland.
Prior to Halliburton, Wendorf was a geologist with the Exploration & Production Division of Shell Offshore, Inc., and practiced law at Thompson & Knight and Baker Botts. He holds a Bachelor of Science in geology from Southern Methodist University, a Master of Science in geology from Indiana University, and a Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from the University of Houston. He was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as Articles Editor of the Houston Law Review. While attending law school, he served part-time as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve, successfully completing the Naval Intelligence Officer billet qualification. He is a co-inventor on several issued patents and is the author or co-author of several published articles in the SMU Law Review, Houston Law Review, and other publications.
In 2003, Wendorf received the Judge Norman W. Black Award from the State Bar of Texas, for his work on behalf of human rights organizations in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Lawrence vs. Texas. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man (ISEM) at Southern Methodist University, which supports interdisciplinary research and education in energy, earth science, and related fields.