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David Krasnow

Of Counsel


Dave Krasnow is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney in Raleigh with more than 30 years of experience representing clients in complex chemical patent matters.  Dave’s background includes providing counsel on patents involving polymer chemistry, inorganic chemistry, optics, ocular science, pharmaceuticals, industrial gases, raw and specialty chemicals, coatings, refractory materials material deposition, medical devices, and many other fields.

Dave has handled virtually every aspect of patent issues – from prosecution to due diligence to rendering all varieties of intellectual property opinions.  Dave is well-versed in issues related to invalidity and infringement as well as advising clients in intellectual property and valuation matters in complex merger, acquisition, divestiture, and initial public offering activities.

Prior to joining Coats and Bennett, PLLC, Dave worked as in-house counsel for Bausch & Lomb, Inc. and practiced with firms in the Carolinas, New York, and Washington D.C.  Before law school, Dave served as an assistant clerk for the United States Supreme Court.

Outside of the firm, Dave frequently speaks on matters related to his IP practice and has taught advanced patent law courses at the University of North Carolina and lectured annually at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Dave is active in a number of professional organizations and founded the Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association in Raleigh, and twice served as its President. Dave has also served as a Director of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Dave earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Southampton College of Long Island University in New York and a law degree from the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.

Dave was named to NC Business Legal Elite Hall of Fame in 2010.

Representative Clients

  • Boeing
  • Praxair
  • Clemson University

Published Works

  • Author, “The New Patent Law: Reacting or Over-Reacting to the Times?”, The Impact of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act: Leading Lawyers on Interpreting and Applying the Patent Reform Act of 2011, 2011
  • Co-Author, “Creative IP Protection,”, SML Perspectives, December, 2010
  • Co-Author, “False Patent Markings Could Cost You – The New Frontier in Intellectual Property Litigation,”, SML Perspectives, December, 2010

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1998
  • Virginia, 1988
  • Georgia, 2004
  • Pennsylvania, 1989
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina State Bar, Member
  • Virginia State Bar, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar, Member
  • Georgia Bar, Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Director
  • Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association, Past President
  • Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association, Raleigh, Founder
  • TIPLA, 1989 to Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Director of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Past Positions

  • United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC, Assistant Clerk
  • Bausch & Lomb, Inc., In-House Counsel, 1991 to 1994
  • Nixon Hargrave, Counsel, 1994 to 1996
  • Alston & Bird, LLP, Partner, 1997 to 2004
  • Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP, Partner, 2004 to 2009
  • Smith Moore Leatherwood, Partner, 2009 to 2014
  • Nexsen Pruet, Partner, 2014 to 2016


  • IP Seminar, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, 2004 to 2016
  • Advanced Patent Law, UNC School of Law, 1998 to 2003


  • George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1988
  • Southampton College, Southampton, New York
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science – 1982
    • Major: Chemistry


  • Listed in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame, Intellectual Property
  • Named to Business Leader Magazine’s “2007 Who’s Who in IP Law”
  • Listed in Global IP Luminary – IP World