A partner at Dicke, Billig & Czaja, Scott focuses on patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, licensing, agreements, and opinions. His primary areas of technical specialization include mechanical, electro-mechanical, computer hardware and software, computer controlled systems and processes. Signature longtime clients include a technology company near the top of the Fortune 500. He has also been nominated by his peers as a Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Scott’s strategic instincts and determination are matched by his mastery of detail. A former Patent Examiner of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Scott understands the evaluation process for patent applications inside and out. While at the USPTO, Scott evaluated the patentability of patent applications in the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts, including applications from the automotive industry. He was distinguished in his work by several special achievement awards recognizing his performance and productivity as an Examiner.
As an engineering student, Scott was sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers as a WISE Intern (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering) in Washington, DC where he examined how engineers contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy decisions, and analyzed engineering/public policy issues of Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems.
After earning his mechanical engineering degree from Iowa State University, Scott worked as a Process Engineer for General Electric Aerospace/Martin Marietta, where he completed GE’s Technical Leadership Development Curriculum. There he established and implemented process improvements for vapor deposition and hydriding processes, performed quality audits of production and development activities, and developed hazard assessments, emergency response plans, and handling procedures for raw and in-process materials.
Scott earned his law degree from The University of Iowa College of Law, where he served as an Associate Editor for The Journal of Corporation Law, and also completed specialized courses in intellectual property law as a visiting law student at Franklin Pierce Law Center.
An avid outdoor enthusiast, Scott enjoys mountain biking, road biking, trail running, orienteering, and the team endurance sport of adventure racing. His adventure racing journeys have enabled Scott to travel all over the United States, competing in close to 100 adventure races each combining mountain biking, trail running/orienteering, and canoeing/kayaking, and varying length in length from 4 hours to 4 days. Closer to home, Scott competes in numerous mountain bike races, including the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series where he formed and now organizes a team of 50+ riders.
As a cycling advocate, Scott provides pro bono legal services to the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).