Michael F. Brown


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 was also admitted to practice in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He prosecuted many patent applications in a wide variety of fields, such as animal vaccines, computer software, avionics and automotive products, household appliances, and radio communications. Mr. Brown was selected to the New York Super Lawyers list in 2007 and in each year from 2011 to 2016. Mr. Brown also 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 and a recipient of the Silver Beaver award from the Baden-Powell Council, Boy Scouts of America. He 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. Mr. Brown retired on July 1, 2017.

Bar Admissions

United States Patent & Trademark Office



Cornell University Law School, J.D.

Cornell University College of Engineering, B.S. in Industrial Engineering

Last updated: Mon, 04 Dec 2023