Attorney Profile, Van Irion

Van Irion, Knoxville Patent Attorney, FoxNews, Legal Expert, Liberty Legal Foundation, Knoxville Patent Lawyer, patent attorney, patent lawyer, knoxville patent lawyer, business lawyer, patent prosecution, intellectual property, marketing, licensing, business start-ups, products, business formations, investor placement, small business, civil litigation, constitutional law, construction defects, contract disputes, transactions attorney, patent portfolios, licensing agreements, contracts

Why I Became An Attorney
All the blessings this country enjoys derive from the rule of law established in our Constitution. The system of law we inherited allows individuals to pursue their dreams, knowing their life and liberty cannot be taken without due process. This has lead to unprecedented prosperity in the history of human civilizations. As an attorney, I strive to help my clients achieve their goals or right an injustice, while defending the rights our founders established more than 200 years ago.

As a patent attorney, Mr. Irion has prosecuted patents as well as handled intellectual property issues such as marketing and licensing new products to industry. He has assisted in business formations, investor placement in start-ups and a variety of small business matters. In a civil litigation capacity, he has handled subjects ranging from constitutional law to construction defects to contract disputes.

Mr. Irion served as a transactions attorney for the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, where he managed patent portfolios, executed licensing agreements and negotiated contracts in the millions of dollars for the University. Mr. Irion continues his work with the University as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Irion worked in the genetics and medical research fields both in the public and private sectors. He has co-authored several peer reviewed articles and presentations (listed below).

Mr. Irion is also proud to have served in the US Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller at the USAF, Little Rock Air Force Base.


  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA
    • Juris Doctor, With Distinction, May 2005
    • Law Journal: The Transnational Lawyer
    • Dean’s Scholarship Recipient, 2002-2005
    • Dean’s Honor Roll, 2003, 2004 & 2005
    • Academic Achievement Award, 2004
    • Witkin Award – Contracts, 2003
    • Witkin Award – Biology, Law & Human Behavior, 2005
    • Witkin Award – Community Property, 2005
    • Mock Trial Competition Finalist, 2003
  • University of California, Davis, California
    • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, 1995

Selected Scientific Publications & Presentations

  • “Disk Theory”, Van Irion, May 7, 2015 –
  • “Non-viral gene delivery to the ventricles in rat brain: Initial evidence for distribution and expression in the CNS”; Hecker JG, Hall LL, Irion VR.; Mol Ther. 2001 Mar;3(3):375-84.
  • “Advances in self-limited gene expression of protective intracellular proteins in-vivo in rat brain”; Irion VR, Hecker JG; Anesthesia & Analgesia, 1998:86.
  • “Self-limited gene expression in vitro in neuronal cell cultures and in vivo in rat brain using mRNA/cationic lipid complexes”; Irion VR, Hecker JG; Anesthesia & Analgesia, 1997:84.
  • “The fidelity of human telomerase”; Kreiter M, Irion V, Ward J, Morin G.; Nucleic Acids Symp Ser. 1995;(33):137-9.
  • “The effect of carrier RNA on transfection efficiency,” Third Annual Artificial Self-Assembling Systems For Gene Delivery Conference, November 1996.
  • “Hsp70 and Reporter Enzyme Expression in Rat Brain after Non-viral Delivery of mRNA and DNA to Lateral Ventricles”; Hecker JG, Hall LL, Irion VR.; Society for Neuroscience Meeting, New Orleans, November, 2000.
  • “mRNA cationic lipid transfected expression of firefly luciferase in mammalian cells is enhanced by addition of tRNA”; Giles J, Irion VR, Hecker JG; Western Anesthesia Residents Conference, Seattle, WA, April 17, 1999.
  • “Effect of cationic lipid ratio and carrier RNA on transfection efficiency”; 3rd Annual Artificial Self-Assembling Systems for Gene Delivery Conference; Irion VR, Hecker JG; Cambridge Healthtech Institute, Newton Upper Falls, MA. November 17-18, 1996.
  • “Effects of electromagnetic fields on gene expression”; Irion VR, Irion DN; Golden State Venture Capital Conference & Entrepreneur Expo, San Rafael, April 23-24, 2001.