“Well, I don’t know as I want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do. I hire him to tell HOW to do what I WANT to do.” J. P. Morgan

Practice Areas


As a patent lawyer, Van Irion’s scientific and business background gives him a unique ability to evaluate an invention’s patentability, marketability, and value. Attorney Irion can also assist inventors with license agreements, business formation, and investor placement negotiations.

Business Law

Van Irion has built a reputation of being an attorney who gets business done. He helps clients assess risk and develop strategies to achieve their business goals. Irion has negotiated and drafted hundreds of contracts and can help protect your business from hidden pitfalls.


Attorney Irion is experienced in all aspects of litigation, including discovery, arbitration, judicial settlement conferences, evidentiary hearings, jury trials, bench trials, and appeals. His extensive work in business transactions gives him an exceptional ability to litigate contract disputes and consumer protection cases.

Personal Injury

After a serious personal injury or death of a loved one, we understand the challenges you face physically, emotionally, and financially. With our firm you can feel confident that your legal matter is being handled by skilled professionals with extensive knowledge of the law and the ability to maximize your recovery.

Mass Tort

Are you facing a serious medical condition due to chemical exposure or pharmaceutical use such as asbestos or a cancer causing drug? There is an excellent chance we can help you recover substantial money damages to pay for your medical costs and to help support your family during this difficult time.
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The Law Office of Van R. Irion

… offers practical, effective and aggressive representation in the legal areas of:

  • Intellectual Property Protection Strategies
  • Patent Drafting and Patent Prosecution
  • Business Transactions and Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Injury and
  • Civil Litigation
We strive to provide prompt, passionate, and professional legal representation in every situation by thoroughly understanding the facts and legal issues that create your individual or business need for an attorney.

Whether you need a Knoxville patent attorney, business lawyer, or representation in any other civil matter, our office is here to help. Please contact us today to discuss your legal needs.

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Many first-time inventors are not aware that obtaining a patent is an adversarial process. As a result, they are surprised when their patent application is initially rejected by the Patent Office. This has led many first-time inventors to give up on their patent application. Examiners at the Patent Office see their job as protecting the […]


It depends. According to the current USPTO Fee Schedule, the patent filing fees to file a patent is $280 for a basic Utility Patent and $180 each for a basic Design or Plant Patent. To file a Provisional Patent Application the fee is $260. However, if you qualify as a “Small Entity” fees are reduced […]


The enumerated powers in Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution empowers the United States Congress to: “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”   Fundamentally, the unique ideas of inventors are property […]