Carin R. Miller, Ph.D.



Law School

University of Dayton, J.D. 2013


Virginia Tech, B.S. Animal and Poultry Sciences, Minors: Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Music Performance

Virginia Tech, M.S. Thesis: Developmental Gene Expression of Nutrient Transporters in the Small Intestine of Chickens from Lines Divergently Selected for High or Low Juvenile Body Weight

Virginia Tech, Ph.D. Dissertation: Regulatory Balance between the Peptide Transporter, PepT1, and Amino Acid Transporter Expression in the Enterocyte

practice areas



Carin leverages her experience as a scientist, equestrian, artist, musician, and intellectual property professional to recognize, manage, and maximize the value of client innovations, designs, and brands. As an attorney, she represents hobby innovators, start-up companies, universities, and large multi-national companies in a variety of intellectual property matters including patent and trademark prosecution, licensing, and due diligence.

Carin works closely with clients to establish and protect intellectual property in the mechanical, biotechnological, chemical, biochemical, and medical arts. Carin specializes in prosecuting biotech, agribio, molecular biology, biochemical, cell, agriculture, and animal related innovations. As an example, Carin has prepared, prosecuted, and/or obtained patents related to small molecules, drug delivery, pharmaceuticals (including biologics), cell-based therapies for human and veterinary treatment (including equine), recombinant nucleic acids and proteins, animal training devices, biological sensors (including bioMEMs), molecular assays (including immunoassays), cell-lines, transgenic animals and plants, and glucose responsive vehicle control devices. Although her practice largely focuses on patents, Carin also has experience with trademark preparation and prosecution as well as licensing and due diligence issues that may arise in association with a client’s intellectual property.

Prior to transitioning to a career in law, Carin gained extensive technical expertise through her undergraduate and graduate academic studies in molecular biology, biotechnology, chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition, physiology, immunology, and the veterinary sciences. She worked for a ProGenetics, LLC, a start-up biotech company, which developed transgenic animals and produced proteins for treatment of hemophilia. Carin also worked as student research assistant and taught Virginia Tech’s courses in Animal Genetics (both Mendelian and molecular genetics) and Introduction to Animal Science. Her thesis work focused on understanding the effect of long term genetic selection for a single trait on, inter alia, the gene expression profile of intestinal nutrient transporter proteins and food intake regulators during chicken development. As a John Lee Pratt Animal Nutrition Ph.D. Fellow, Carin examined the balance between peptide transporter and amino acid transporter expression in the enterocyte. Additionally, Carin worked to generate transgenic chicken models to understand the roles of particular genes in the growth and development of chickens.

Carin is also an accomplished writer and an experienced public speaker. Carin has presented her scientific research at major international scientific conferences, authored and co-authored both scientific and law review articles, and has been an invited speaker at several CLE events, including CincyBio 2013 (presented by the Cincy-IP Association), the Dayton Intellectual Property Law Association September 2013 Meeting, and the Georgia Bar Association IP Bootcamp 2013.

Carin is also an experienced equestrian and competes in the hunters and jumpers at national competitions throughout the East Coast and Midwest. She also is an avid mountain biker and regularly participates in rides and other events in the greater Atlanta area.


  • Carin is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Carin is licensed to practice law in Virginia and Georgia.


Intellectual Property Law Section of the Virginia and Georgia State Bars

Equine Law Section of the Georgia Bar

Animal Law Section of the Georgia Bar

United States Equestrian Federation

United States Hunter and Jumper Association


  • 2009 Student Research Award- 98th Annual Poultry Science Association Meeting
  • 2005 American Society of Animal Science Undergraduate Scholar Award