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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 patent attorneys and patent agent are all registered and 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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Patent Attorneys

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. Mr. Brown retired on July 1, 2017. 

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

Garth E. Coviello Since 2008, Garth Coviello has lived and worked in central NY while assisting clients with patent, trademark, and copyright matters. In this time, Garth has prepared or prosecuted hundreds of U.S. and international patent applications related to LED lighting, electrical connectors, medical devices, surgical devices, turbines, power systems, refrigeration, radar, semiconductors, nanotechnology, machine tooling, software, and computer systems, among other technologies. Garth's technical education includes an undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University in physics and biology, and a master's degree from Binghamton University in philosophy with an emphasis on artificial intelligence, computer science, and systems science. Garth's technical experience also includes several years, prior to law school, engineering electrical connectors and robotic, automated manufacturing systems. In addition to patent preparation and prosecution, Garth counsels clients regarding matters such as licensing agreements, intellectual property infringement, patent validity, patentability, and trademark registerability. Garth enjoys working with clients ranging from entrepreneurs to national-scale and international-scale companies, catering to each client's specific expectations and needs to provide strong intellectual property protection and a high value at a reasonable cost. vCard 

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


Marilyn Tebor Shaw is a 1976 graduate of Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, with a A.B. degree in in History, magna cum laude, and with distinction in all subjects. She earned her law degree in 1979 after attending the University at Buffalo Law School where she was an Editor of The Buffalo Law Review and Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Shaw was sworn into the New York State Bar in 1980. 

From 1979 until 1980, Ms. Shaw worked as an attorney advisor at the Washington, D.C. Headquarters of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Her responsibilities including drafting portions of the regulations governing the use and disposal of PCBs under the Toxic Substances Control Act ("TSCA"). After working at the EPA, Shaw continued legal career as an attorney in private practice in the Washington, D.C. office of a Wall Street law firm doing regulatory and corporate work for traditional public utilities and those developing emerging technologies under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act ("PURPA"), as part of the National Energy Act. Ms. Shaw passed the District of Columbia Bar Examination in June 1980 and was admitted to practice in D.C. and the related federal courts of appeals seated there, including the United States District Court for the District Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980 and 1981, respectively. In 1983, Ms. Shaw was admitted to the Virginia Bar and to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Ms. Shaw became a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1983. 

In 1983, Ms. Shaw co-founded the law firm of Lyman & Shaw in Arlington, Virginia. Ms. Shaw's legal practice included representation of large, medium, and small corporations their corporate, real estate and zoning matters in Northern Virginia counties. In 1989, Ms. Shaw became a partner in the premier Arlington law firm of Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C. continuing her practice in the aforementioned fields and expanding her practice to include a greater number of commercial transactions and the estate planning needs of the firm's individual clients. 

Ms. Shaw has represented clients in trademark matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Trademark Trial and Appeals Board. Ms. Shaw has received a "Preeminent" AV peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell that signifies according to the rating designation: "The Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards." She has held that rating for over 35 years and continues to be rated AV. 

Ms. Shaw brings to our firm practice is her practice of art and museum law. Ms. Shaw served as Associate General Counsel at the National Gallery of Art (NGA) from 1992-2002. Her work involved the drafting and negotiation of all types of contracts related to the multi-party exhibition agreements and other NGA matters including the digitization of the collection and copyright issues. Ms. Shaw continues to work in the art, and museum field and is currently doing research and lecturing on the continuing efforts both in the courts and among museums and other organizations, to repatriate looted and stolen art from the Nazi era in Europe. Ms. Shaw focuses her art, museum and entertainment practice on emerging artists, writers, musicians, as well as existing smaller galleries and museums. In Ms. Shaw's experience, many clients haven't realized that they, too, can have a lawyer they can call and ask questions of whom they know and trust as their questions arise 

Ms. Shaw also served from 2004-2009 as a Trustee and Legal Advisor to a non-profit organization, the Nomadic Kenyan Children's Education Fund (NKCEF). NKCEF provided academic four-year scholarships to talented students from the Maasai nomadic ethnic groups in Kenya. Ms. Shaw has been honored by her alma mater, Cornell University for this work as one of "100 Cornellians Who have Changed the World" and by the University at Buffalo which has taken her oral history and placed it within the Archives of the main university library of University at Buffalo. During her time as one of seven trustees (who all of whom worked without compensation or reimbursement of any kind even for their trips to Kenya), NKCEF educated over 2,200 students in over 110 schools throughout Kenya. Ms. Shaw continues to be involved with work in Kenya helping to educate young women and men among the Maasai peoples.

Patent Agent

Lynda Wood is a registered Patent Agent and a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Biological Sciences, specializing in Genetics. Lynda has worked at Brown & Michaels, PC since 2001 and in this time has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of cases in various fields including biotechnology, computers and automotive technologies. Lynda has also managed patent portfolios for Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Lynda has worked with clients and foreign agents on prosecution of their cases in the US and overseas as well as PCT practice. Lynda also has experience in preparing and filing design applications.. 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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