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About Brown & Michaels, PC

Brown & Michaels' is located in Ithaca, the "centrally isolated" home of Cornell University and Ithaca College in central New York State. We are a New York Professional Corporation.

It's no longer necessary to deal with impersonal law firms located in Washington DC or New York City, just because you are dealing with patent, trademark or copyright issues. While it might once have been important for patent attorneys to be physically close to the Patent Office, electronic filing systems, the fax machine, express mail, and e-mail have made it possible for a patent law firm far from the crowds of the major cities to serve a nation- and world-wide clientele as well as, or better than, the expensive big city firms. Inventors, companies, and institutions of all shapes and sizes are coming to realize the many advantages of working with a non-urban, intellectual property firm.

  • High quality -- both process & results are important
  • Experience in new technologies such as biotechnology, computer hardware/software and telecommunications.
  • Low overhead means you don't help finance expensive office space.
  • Emphasis on high quality and client satisfaction, not on billable hours or our prestige.
  • Inventor involvement in every step of the process.
  • Fast, convenient communications via email or fax.

Founded in 1980, our firm engages in an intellectual property practice which includes patents, trademarks and copyrights. We have advised inventors, institutions and companies in fields ranging from high-tech computer hardware and software, or the latest developments in biotechnology, communications, or sophisticated electronic systems, to improvements in household appliances. Our clients are located around the United States and around the world - we are perfectly comfortable working by phone, fax and e-mail with clients who will never physically be in our offices. We have represented many individual inventors and small companies, as well as large corporations such as BorgWarner Morse TEC, IBM, Smith Corona and Lucent Technologies, and educational institutions such as Cornell University and Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research.

Our inventors have received patents on chemical processing systems, test equipment, musical instruments, vaccines and medical diagnostics, energy systems, furniture, games, tools - you name it. We can do trademark/trade name searches quickly and accurately by computer, and have registered many marks for our clients. 

New York State court rules require the following disclaimer: "Prior results cannot and do not guarantee or predict a similar outcome with respect to any future matter, including yours, in which a lawyer or law firm may be retained."


Staff Biographies

Our partners and patent agents are all registered patent attorneys or agents qualified to practice in the Patent and Trademark Office. To send an e-mail to one of the group, you can click on their name, below, and click on "Linkedin" to see their Linkedin profile.

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Partners

Michael F. Brown is a 1974 graduate of Cornell University College of Engineering, with a degree in Industrial Engineering (Data Processing). After working as a computer systems analyst and programmer for a number of years, he attended Cornell University Law School, passing the Patent Bar to become a Patent Agent while still a student. With Ralph R. Barnard (now retired), he founded our firm in 1980 as "Barnard and Brown". Mr. Brown was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1981, and is also admitted to practice in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He has prosecuted many patent applications in a wide variety of fields, from animal vaccines to computer software, avionics and automotive products, household appliances to radio communications. Mr. Brown was selected to the New York Super Lawyers list each year from 2011 to 2016 as well as in 2007, and has received a "Distinguished" peer review rating from Martindale-Hubble. An Extra Class amateur radio operator and a licensed pilot, he has a strong practical background in electronics, computers and communications technologies. Mr. Brown is a 45-year veteran Scouter, a recipient of the Silver Beaver award from the Baden-Powell Council, Boy Scouts of America, and wrote the 1985 and 2008 editions of the Radio Merit Badge book for the BSA. He has been a member of the Ithaca Rotary Club for many years, and has been a guest speaker on "Weird and Wonderful Patents" and "Intellectual Property on the Internet" at over 50 Rotary Clubs, libraries, BOCES and other organizations around New York State.* vCard Linkedin

Christopher A. Michaels is a graduate of Bucknell University, with a degree in Biochemistry. While working with our firm as a Patent Agent, he earned a degree in law from Syracuse University, and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is admitted as an attorney in New York and also to the Federal District Court for the Northern District of New York. Mr. Michaels has been working with our firm since 1989 and primarily practices in the areas of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, computer law and business law, with a special concentration in the rapidly developing area of Biotechnology. He has published articles on "Obviousness-style Double Patenting Isn't So Obvious", in the the Patent Journal, "The Utility Requirement in Biotechnology Patenting" in the Journal of the Patent Office Society, and on "Grant Applications as Publications", in the Journal of the Association of University Technology Managers. He has edited several books on trademark and patent practice.* vCard Linkedin

Meghan A. Van Leeuwen, is a Patent Attorney registered to practice before the Patent and Trademark Office, and is a graduate of Cornell University Law School. Ms. VanLeeuwen is a member of the New York Bar. She holds a B.S. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Rochester, and an M.S. in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Van Leeuwen specializes in biotechnology, although she is proficient in a wide range of disciplines, including mechanical apparatus, chemical and pharmaceutical applications, and semiconductor fabrication. vCard Linkedin

*Shareholder in Brown & Michaels, PC, a New York Professional Corporation. 

Patent Agent

Lynda Wood is a registered Patent Agent and a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Biological Sciences. While with our firm, she has prepared and prosecuted applications in various fields including biotechnology, computers and automotive technologies. vCard Linkedin


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We look forward to being able to work with you for your intellectual property needs. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by e-mail, phone, or at the postal address below.


Brown & Michaels, PC

4th Floor - M&T Bank Building
118 North Tioga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-256-2000 (voice)
607-256-3628 (fax)
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