Charley F. Brown

Tel 678.420.9410
Fax 678.420.9301

Charley F. Brown leads the Electrical, Software and Business Methods team in the firm's Patent Group and is a member of the IP Litigation Team. Charley is a registered patent attorney with substantial experience in patent prosecution and litigation. His practice encompasses patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret litigation; patent prosecution; client counseling; and opinion work. He provides ongoing support for his clients' IP portfolio development, including prosecution, maintenance, analysis, diligence, and enforcement. His representative technologies include bioinformatics, business intelligence platforms, computer science, cable and internet technologies, data analytics tools, human antibody technologies, software and hardware, and telecommunications. Charley is also a member of Ballard Spahr’s Retail Group and leads the Group’s Digital Retail Team.

Charley's graduate research focused on genome and proteome annotation techniques, sequence analysis, structure prediction, genome assembly improvement, and microarray data analysis.

Professional Activities

Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court

Ballard Spahr's Pro Bono Committee

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Board Member

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA, intellectual property law, 2009 and 2013-2015

Named a Georgia Super Lawyer – Rising Star, 2012-2015


Co-author, "Federal Circuit Finds Software Patent Not Abstract," Ballard Spahr alert, May 16, 2016

Co-author, "Supreme Court Invalidates Software Patents in Alice Corp. Case," Ballard Spahr alert, June 19, 2014

Chapter author, "Software Patents," Bioinformatics Law: Legal Issues for Computational Biology in the Post-Genome Era, American Bar Association, 2013

Contributing author, Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments, American Bar Association, 2009

"Using Patents in Competitive Intelligence," Competitive Intelligence Magazine, Vol. 9 No. 1 at 17, January/February 2006

Contributing author, Technology Law: The Fundamentals and More, Lorman Education Services, 2006

Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law (J.D. 2002)

Georgia Institute of Technology (M.S., Bioinformatics, 2004)

Mercer University (B.B.A., Computer Information Systems, 1999)


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office