Allison Dobson focuses her practice on patent prosecution and counseling, due diligence, post-grant proceedings such as Inter Partes Review (IPR), litigation, licensing, and other intellectual property issues. She has experience with a wide range of technologies including biotechnology, medical devices, and pharmaceutical innovations, as well as other matters in chemistry and life sciences. Dr. Dobson prosecutes patents for clients in the U.S. and abroad and provides counseling and opinions regarding patentability, patent validity, infringement, and freedom-to-operate. She also has IPR experience from both patent owner and petitioner perspectives.

Prior to her legal career, Dr. Dobson conducted research in the medical sciences, including molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, and toxicology. Dr. Dobson also took Medical Gross Anatomy and later taught Anatomy & Physiology to pre-medical students as Assistant Professor of Biology at Winston-Salem State University. She was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Neurotoxicology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and a legal Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Genomics and Society at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Dobson has authored and co-authored publications on a broad range of scientific and legal topics.

Professional & Community Activities

North Carolina Bar Association, Member

American Red Cross, Board Member

Make-A-Wish® Triad Leadership Council, Member


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D. (2009)
    Gressman-Pollitt Award for Oral Advocacy; The Order of Barristers
  • University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Ph.D., Basic Medical Sciences (2001)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Applied Biology (1996)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (2010)


  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (2011)
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (2012)

Who We Are

1001 West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC, 27101-2400
t +1 336.607.7405
f +1 336.245.4644

Allison W. Dobson Ph.D.

Experience Highlights

Counseling for nonprofit research and teaching hospital.
Counsel a nonprofit research and teaching hospital regarding freedom-to-operate issues, including investigation and analysis of potentially relevant more
Patent prosecution and counseling for clinical laboratory services provider
Represent a leading clinical laboratory services provider in intellectual property related services, including freedom to operate analyses, patent more
Patent prosecution and counseling for Universities
Represent Wake Forest University Health Sciences in preparing and prosecuting numerous U.S. and international patent applications, including more