Brian S. Welborn

Of Counsel

Brian Welborn is an accomplished intellectual property attorney with over 20 years’ experience, spanning private practice, government and corporate in-house counsel positions. Prior to joining Meade Neese & Barr, Brian served as Assistant General Counsel – Intellectual Property for Honeywell, managing the global IP portfolios for Honeywell Process Solutions, Smart Energy & Software. Prior to that, Brian gained significant experience in the oilfield service industry as in-house counsel with both Baker Hughes and Weatherford.

Brian is a registered patent attorney and an engineer. He has broad experience in the areas of IP litigation, patent office and IPR proceedings, IP monetization & licensing, commercial transactions, compliance and M&A. He has handled matters involving a wide array of technologies and industries including oilfield services, mining, electronics, software sensors, electrochemical sensors, materials science, polycrystalline synthetic diamond, medical devices and procedures, 3D manufacturing, consumer products, organic fertilizer, device and methods for zero gravity experimentation, and chemical toxicity biosensors.

During his 17-year career at Baker Hughes, Brian served as a member on the Drill Bits Executive Leadership Team located in The Woodlands, Texas. Prior to Baker Hughes, Brian worked as an associate for a large law firm in Memphis, Tennessee and as a patent attorney for NASA – Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Prior to becoming an attorney, Brian served as a design engineer in the aerospace defense industry in Austin, Texas.


  • University of Tulsa College of Law – JD
  • Texas A&M University – BS in Aerospace Engineering

Admissions to Practice

  • Texas, Tennessee, Alabama
  • Registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court – Southern District of Texas

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rating
  • Recipient of the Baker Hughes Chairman’s Award, 2004
  • Thunderbird – The Garvin School of Global Management Business Leadership Institute 2005
  • Baker Hughes Recognition of Integrity, Performance & Teamwork, 2010
  • Speaker- State Bar of Texas Inventor of the Year Award, 2017

Professional Affiliations

  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section