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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

271 17TH STREET, NW, SUITE 1400, ATLANTA, GA 30363-6209, USA
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Atlanta, Boston, London, Palo Alto, Reston, Seoul and 4 more

Virginia L. Carron

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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

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Intellectual Property


Managing Partner, Atlanta Office


Virginia Carron, managing partner of the firm's Atlanta office, practices patent and trademark litigation, counseling, and prosecution. Her litigation experience includes numerous U.S. district court trials, trials before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Ms. Carron counsels clients on intellectual property licensing and related transactional matters in both trademarks and patents for several Fortune 500 companies. Her practice also includes inter partes review (IPR) procedures before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).


  • American Bar Association (Intellectual Property and Trial Sections)
  • State Bar of Georgia (Intellectual Property Section, chair-elect, 2017-2018; vice chair, 2016-2017; treasurer, 2015-2016; special events chair, 2014-2015)
  • Atlanta Bar Association (Intellectual Property Section, chair, 2012-2013; vice chair, 2011-2012, treasurer/secretary, 2010-2011)
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • Federal Bar Association (Atlanta Chapter)
  • Bleckley Inn of Court (master)
  • Atlanta Intellectual Property American Inn of Court (president, 2012-2014; Founding Committee, vice president, 2010-2012)


  • Emory University School of Law
    J.D., with distinction, 1992
  • Mississippi State University
    B.S., Biomedical Engineering, cum laude, 1989

United States: Intellectual property

Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)

Within: Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP has in-depth expertise and experience in patent office examinations, from prosecution, reexamination and reissue proceedings, to appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where the group is highly recommended for representing petitioners and patent owners from a broad range of industries. The prosecution team files US and foreign patent applications for utility, design and plant inventions, and its patent office trials practice handles inter partes reviews (IPRs), post-grant proceedings and covered business method (CBM) reviews. The ‘phenomenal team’ includes the highly recommended Reston-based Erika Harmon Arner, who was appointed president of the PTAB Bar Association; Washington DC-based Charles Van Horn, who is ‘a luminary in his field’; chemical and biotech specialist Adriana Burgy, also based in Washington DC, who ‘provides exceptional thinking in terms of navigating patent prosecution in light of competing technology’; Atlanta’s Virginia Carron, who has ‘exceptional legal and practical business sense’; and, also in Atlanta, PTAB trial practice head Jason Stach, who represents clients before the PTAB and in Federal Circuit appeals stemming from reexaminations and court actions. Managing partner Mark Sweet (Washington DC) counts NanoFlex Power Corporation as his client, which he assists with its worldwide patent portfolio related to organic photovoltaic devices. Sweet and Reston-based Christopher Isaac are acting for Caterpillar in prosecuting several hundred utility and design patent applications in the US and elsewhere, assisting with opinions involving issues of patent validity and infringement, and handling IPR proceedings.

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