Charles H. Brown

  • Partner

Chip Brown is an accomplished litigator with more than twenty five years of experience representing clients as lead counsel in complex commercial and technology disputes, many through jury trials and appeals. Chip focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and client counseling. He has represented a diverse set of clients from small businesses to large corporations.

Chip has extensive experience litigating patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition claims in state and federal courts throughout the country. He has handled patent infringement cases involving a variety of services and products, including prosthetics, juvenile products, synthetic fuel technology, ventilation duct technology, beverage packaging, post-operative warming blankets, fuel nozzle technology, RV bed design, formed concrete technology, conveyor roller construction technology, and bill of lading processing and transmission technology.

Chip also counsels clients on strategies to safeguard commercial applications for innovative technologies using patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret protection, licensing and enforcement practices. He has streamlined and revised corporate policies to better protect confidential business information including drafting non-disclosure and non-compete agreements. And he has successfully shutdown rogue websites containing infringing or defamatory material. Chip has tried numerous injunction cases for trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition to successful conclusion.

Areas of Practice

  • Licensing
  • Litigation/Dispute Resolution
  • Mechanical/Aerospace
  • Trademarks

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1987
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • College of William and Mary School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia
    • J.D.
  • University of Virginia
    • B.S.
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering

Published Works

  • Co-author, Patent Local Rules for the Southern District of Ohio, 2010

Honors and Awards

  • Named Leading Lawyer by Cincy Business magazine
  • Preeminent “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • CincyIP
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Intellectual Property Litigation Committee
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association; Patent Litigation, Trademark Litigation and Trade Secret Law Committees
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • Butler County Bar Association
  • Clermont County Bar Association
  • Warren County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • The Procter & Gamble Company, Manufacturing Manager and Industrial Engineer
  • Ohio Auditor of State, Lead Improvements in Medicaid Fraud Detection

Pro Bono Activities

  • Gorman Heritage Farm, Board Member, 2018 to Present
  • Dan Beard Council BSA, Board Member, 2015 to Present
  • Clinic Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2014 to Present
  • Attorney Advisor for Duke Energy/ECDC Free Legal Advice to Better Your Business, University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2014 to Present
  • William and Mary School of Law, Alumni Ambassador, 2014 to Present
  • Boy Scouts of America, Active Adult Leader, 1992 to Present