Virginia Carron

Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP

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17th Street Northwest 271
Atlanta 30363 GA US

Virginia L. Carron, a partner in Finnegan’s Atlanta office, practices patent and trademark litigation and counseling. Her broad client base includes a large food and beverage company; a company involved in refining, chemicals and biofuels, forest and consumer products, fertilizers, polymers and fibers, pollution control and glass; an international manufacturer of hand-made cigars; and numerous international clients in various fields.

She has been recognized as an IP Star Top 250 Women in IP, and as a patent and trademark IP Star in Georgia by Managing Intellectual Property, as well as a leader in Georgia by Intellectual Asset Management.

Virginia’s 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.

Virginia counsels clients on intellectual property licensing and related transactional matters in both trademarks and patents for several Fortune 500 companies, including serving as the primary outside counsel to Imerys and its worldwide subsidiaries for all intellectual property matters.

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). She is currently representing petitioner Nestlé USA in five IPR proceedings involving patents related to aseptic packaging of foodstuffs.

Virginia has served as first chair in several litigations representing the Fuente Cigar companies in cases involving trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, and false advertising issues, as well as serving first chair for several different plaintiffs in counterfeiting and trademark infringement litigation which resulted in the recovery and destruction of millions of dollars worth of counterfeit goods, and in two cases, (C.D. Cal. and D.N.H.) ultimately resulted in the incarceration of counterfeiters of computer memory products.

On a pro bono basis, Virginia has represented numerous disabled military veterans challenging disability compensation decisions in appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

She was recognized by the Federal Circuit Bar Association and its Charitable and Education Fund for pro bono service contributions, particularly for work on behalf of veterans. Virginia also serves on the firm’s management committee. Virginia previously served as managing partner of the firm’s Atlanta office.

Education :

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

Admissions :

  • Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Activities :

  • American Bar Association
    • (Intellectual Property and Trial Sections)
  • State Bar of Georgia (Intellectual Property Section)
    • (chair, 2018-2019; chair-elect, 2017-2018)
  • State Bar of Georgia (Intellectual Property Section)
    • (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)
  • International Trademark Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Atlanta Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
    • (president, 2012-2014; Founding Committee, vice president, 2010-2012)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association


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