Carey is a partner in the Vorys Houston office and chair of the intellectual property group.  She advises large-scale clients on patent prosecution and global intellectual property (IP) portfolio management, agreements (technology transfer, joint development and other research agreements), licenses, transactions involving IP and risk consulting.  Carey also has significant experience in crafting and conducting effective and efficient IP due diligence for investments, acquisitions and divestitures.  Although experienced in multiple technology areas, her personal sweet spots are in the chemicals and materials science arenas.

In addition, Carey has successfully handled complex post-grant review procedures for US patents at the US Patent and Trademark Office, including inter partes review proceedings.

Carey is an often sought after speaker and author, and is always willing to come in and do in-house CLEs on a range of IP related topics.  She has served on the PLI faculty for its Advanced Licensing Agreements courses.

Carey received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center.  She received her M.S. and B.S. magna cum laude from Clemson University

Carey's personal passion is to encourage women to study science and engineering.  For example, at Clemson University, her alma mater, Carey has established a scholarship campaign to aid women studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) obtain their degrees and pursue careers in STEM or IP. 

Honors & Recognitions

World Intellectual Property Review, Patent Leader, 2016 to present

The Best Lawyers in America, Patent Law, 2016-2024

Chambers and Partners, Leading Lawyer in IP law, 2005-2023

The Legal 500, 2011 to present

IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2013 to present

Texas Super Lawyers, 2011-2015, 2017-2019

Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2004, 2006-2009

Houston Business Journal, 40 Under 40, 2009

Professional & Community Activities

Clemson University, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Advisory Board

Intellectual Property Owners Association, Member, 2017

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University of Houston Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, 1997

Clemson University, M.S., 1994

Clemson University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1993

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
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