Dean Powell concentrates his practice on intellectual property matters, including patent litigation and patent prosecution. Mr. Powell has represented companies in patent infringement suits in various United States courts, including in California, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas. He has coordinated global patent litigation that resulted in favorable rulings both in the U.S. and abroad. He has also litigated design patent, trade dress, and trade secret issues.

Mr. Powell has litigated and/or analyzed patents in a wide range of technologies, including chemical and metallurgical products, software, electrical and mechanical systems, and financial related technologies. He has regularly coordinated many aspects of litigation, including discovery practice, taking and defending of depositions, expert discovery, and infringement and validity analyses.

Mr. Powell is a registered patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a wide range of technologies, including chemical, materials science, mechanical, medical device, software, financial systems, manufacturing, consumer products, food production, electrical, power generation, and nuclear-related technologies.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Powell worked at GlaxoSmithKline in Research and Development, specifically the New Chemical Entities Department and Inhalation Product Development Department. While attending law school, he was a member of the Holderness Moot Court Bench and Craven Moot Court Competition Bench.

Mr. Powell was recognized as a 2014, 2015 and 2016 orth Carolina "Rising Star" for Intellectual Property Law by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2011, he received the Individual Pro Bono Award from the Intellectual Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D. (2006)
  • North Carolina State University, B.S., Chemical Engineering (2003)

    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (2006)


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2006)

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

Understanding and anticipating our clients' businesses and needs, and cooperatively working to develop solutions that meet their objectives.

1001 West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC, 27101-2400
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N. Dean Powell Jr.

Experience Highlights

Intellectual property services and counseling for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.
Provide a wide range of intellectual property services to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., an international doughnut company. more
Innova Patent Licensing LLC v. 3Com Corp., et al.
Defended Wells Fargo Bank against Innova Patent Licensing in a patent infringement suit in the Eastern District of Texas. The bank's systems, more
Patent infringement litigation for Kennametal Inc.
Representation of Kennametal Inc., a $2 billion per year NYSE company, in a patent litigation action that its biggest global competitor filed in the more
Patent infringement suit for a large financial institution
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of a large financial institution in a patent infringement suit filed by a financial institution services more