Marc E. Brown

Lecturer in Law
Last Updated: September 25, 2023
Registered patent attorney with more than 35 years of experience in the preparation, prosecution and litigation of patents, as well as with teaching others about them.
Coached team at USC in the 2023 National Patent Application Drafting Competition sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office who then won both the preliminary and final round of the Silicon Valley regional division and then second place in the national round, beating all but one of the 54 other law schools in the competition.

Repeatedly recognized as an “IP Star” in Managing IP Handbook, as one of “Southern California’s Top-Rated Lawyers” by, and has the highest peer rating of “AV Preeminent” in Martindale-Hubbell. Represented clients in the procurement, evaluation and enforcement of high-technology patents, with particular expertise in computer hardware, software, the internet, electronics and biomedical devices.

Writings on intellectual property law have been widely published. These include Brown on Patents, an interactive guide to patents;, a condensed, interactive guide to patents; the columns “On The Law” in Electronic Business; “Software and the Law” in Dr. Dobb’s Sourcebook; “Electronics and the Law” in Electronics; and Internet Business Method Patents, an Internet-linked CD containing a compendium of reports and related information on Internet business method patents.

Invited to speak at numerous legal conferences, trade shows and universities. Often contacted by the media for comment on new legal developments.

Holds BSEE from Case Western Reserve University and JD from George Washington University. Served as law clerk and technical advisor to the United States Court of Claims (now called the United States Claims Court) in Washington, D.C., and assisted this court with major patent infringement lawsuits brought against the U.S. government.

Admitted to practice before federal and California state courts, both at the trial and appellate level, and admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.