Sheldon Brown

Sheldon Brown writes about the current state of patent law in the U.S. for Patent Experts.

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About Sheldon

Sheldon’s interest in patent law was sparked as an undergraduate while leading a design team of engineers to commercialize a technology based on a patented invention. He was nominated as a Governor’s Scholar to attend the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, obtaining an Advanced Certificate in Intellectual Property.

Sheldon received his training of the patent system at the United States Patent & Trademark Office. He works with universities and consultants to provide analytics and guidance for technology commercialization from patents.


  • Technology Commercialization
  • Medical Technology Patents
  • Design Patents
  • Prior Art Research


  • B.S., Biological Engineering, University of Florida
  • J.D. with Advanced Certificate in Intellectual Property, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Recent Articles

Inventor asking a question to a patent lawyer

20 Important Questions to Ask a Patent Attorney

By Sheldon Brown | September 11, 2023

The most important thing for a productive meeting is to come prepared. Before meeting with your patent attorney take the…

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Inventor coding a software program on their computer

Your Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Software Patents

By Sheldon Brown | November 23, 2022
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Patent lawyer filling out patent paperwork

What Does a Patent Attorney Do?

By Sheldon Brown | July 20, 2023

The field of patent law is unique as it has additional requirements for an attorney to meet before they can…

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Scale weighing the cost of an idea

How Much Does a Patent Cost?

By Sheldon Brown | November 24, 2021

The final price tag on applying for a patent will vary and is based on fees from multiple sources. If…

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Inventor calculating the cost of a utility patent

How Much Does a Utility Patent Cost?

By Sheldon Brown | February 20, 2022

The cost of a granted utility patent can range anywhere from $755 to over $20,000. The cost of a utility…

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Illustration of people working on a patent


By Sheldon Brown | September 14, 2021

In 2019 there were 3,224,200 patent applications filed worldwide, 43.4% of which were filed in China. The United States accounted…

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Patent lawyer explaining the fees on the paperwork

How Much Does a Patent Lawyer Cost?

By Sheldon Brown | August 3, 2023

The primary role of a patent lawyer is to assist their clients with the difficult and time-consuming process of obtaining…

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Tools hanging on a wall in a tool shed

How to Patent a Tool

By Sheldon Brown | May 23, 2023

People have been creating new tools to make life easier since the beginning of history. Tools are mechanical inventions that…

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Patent Statistics

By Sheldon Brown | March 22, 2023

Since its formation in 1836 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has received over 11.6 million patent applications.…

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By Sheldon Brown | February 8, 2023

The State of Wyoming aka “The Equality State” is located in the Western region of the U.S. and was the…

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