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William G. Pagán to be Honored by North Carolina Central University

Coats + Bennett, PLLC is proud to recognize that Senior Patent Attorney, William G. Pagán, will be honored by North Carolina Central University (NCCU) as one of forty outstanding alumni under the age of forty who have made significant contributions in the arts, law, entertainment, healthcare, sciences, the military, education, business, philanthropy and public service.

NCCU established the Forty Under Forty Alumni Awards to recognize young leaders who are making a difference in the world and achieving great success in their professional careers.  This latest honor adds to an already long list of accolades and recognition Mr. Pagán has garnered from leaders in the legal, technical, and academic disciplines.

For the last five years, Mr. Pagán has leveraged his engineering background at Coats & Bennett to help inventors and companies obtain and enforce patent rights.  He also helps technology companies understand and navigate the patent rights of others. His experience as a private patent attorney, corporate patent engineer, and hardware/software developer gives him significant insight into the legal, business, and technical sides to patent development, enforcement, valuation, licensing, and transfer objectives.  His excellence in the legal field has been recognized by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, which designated him a “Leader In the Law” in 2016.

A named inventor on over 130 patent applications, Mr. Pagán is a 14-year veteran of the tech industry appointed the title of Master Inventor by both IBM Systems and Technology Group and IBM Corporate Headquarters.  Nationally-recognized as a Hispanic Luminary at the Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards Conference in 2007, Mr. Pagán has significant technical expertise in software, computers, telecommunications, consumer electronics, systems management, & related fields. His work on integrating the hardware, software, and firmware of IBM’s Intel-based Thurley-chipset server platforms earned him an Outstanding Technical Achievement award from IBM in 2010.  That same year, he was also honored by IBM as their RTP Inventor of the Year.

Mr. Pagán's illustrious career is marked by committed volunteer service and mentorship, for which he was admitted into the NC Pro Bono Honor Society in 2017.  Among other things, Mr. Pagán volunteers as a decorated Captain in the Legal Officer Corps of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), United States Air Force Auxiliary, in which he is responsible for managing the legal affairs of CAP throughout NC as it conducts emergency service, aerospace education, and youth programs.  He is also a life member of both the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals.

Mr. Pagán is a graduate of NCCU Law’s Evening Program, from which he graduated as its valedictorian, summa cum laude.  His law degree compliments his Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Computer Science, all of which inform his patent practice and inure to the benefit of his clients.

“NC Central is truly a special place that has always gone above and beyond to support its talented students, faculty, and alumni.  I am proud of the long legacy this school has in enhancing access to education, and serving the under-served.  I hope to continue to bring honor to NC Central through excellence in my craft, and invariably merit this esteemed recognition.”

 

Gavin Parsons Ranked by Chambers USA

CARY, N.C. (May 2018) – Coats + Bennett, PLLC, one of the nation’s highest rated intellectual property law firms, is proud to announce that Gavin Parsons has been listed in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Litigation: General Commercial (North Carolina).  Chambers USA ranks attorneys based upon client and peer interviews, and is widely respected as one of the foremost organizations that rank attorneys. 

Coats + Bennett, PLLC is a full service intellectual property law firm with extensive experience across a range of technologies and businesses. Our areas of practice include patent and other intellectual property litigation, commercial litigation, patent application preparation and prosecution, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, trade secrets, internet and domain name disputes.

Coats + Bennett, PLLC Names New Head of Litigation

CARY, N.C. (April 2018) – Coats + Bennett, PLLC, one of the nation’s highest rated intellectual property law firms, is proud to announce Gavin Parsons, Of Counsel, as head of Litigation.

Mr. Parsons is a widely experienced litigator who represents clients across numerous industries in high exposure civil litigation in state and federal courts, and the North Carolina Business Court. Gavin is ranked in Chambers USA for Commercial Litigation (North Carolina) and has also been recognized as a Rising Star in Business Litigation in North Carolina Super Lawyers, published by Law & Politics and Charlotte Magazine.

 “This is an exciting time for this firm. The addition of Gavin Parsons to head our litigation department will undoubtedly take this group to the next level.  His broad expertise in commercial litigation along with his experience in intellectual property disputes will prove a great asset to us and our clients.” stated David Kalish, the managing member at Coats + Bennett.

Mr. Parsons obtained his law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 2001, and his undergraduate degrees from North Carolina State University in 1998.  Prior to joining Coats and Bennett he was a partner at an international law firm in Raleigh where he represented clients in complex civil disputes across the country.

Coats + Bennett, PLLC is a full service intellectual property law firm with extensive experience across a range of technologies and businesses. Our areas of practice include patent and other intellectual property litigation, commercial litigation, patent application preparation and prosecution, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, trade secrets, internet and domain name disputes.

 

Will Pagán Named to 2017 NC Pro Bono Honor Society

Coats + Bennett, PLLC is proud to recognize that Senior Patent Attorney, William G. Pagán,  has been named to the 2017 NC Pro Bono Honor Society.  

This honor is given by the NC Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC) to all NC attorneys who reported providing more than 50 hours of pro bono legal services in 2017 without expectation of a fee.  The NC PBRC was established to expand access to civil legal representation for people of low income and modest means across NC.

The NC PBRC is the latest in a long line of organizations to honor Mr. Pagán’s substantial and valuable contributions to the fields in which he practices.  In addition to being an honored Pro Bono volunteer, award-winning patent attorney, and law school valedictorian, he is also a nationally-recognized engineer, tech-industry veteran, and Master Inventor.  Indeed, over 130 patent applications have been filed in the United States alone to protect the technical contributions Mr. Pagán has made to the tech sector.

Mr. Pagán primarily practices patent law with a substantial technical focus on software, computing devices, wireless telecommunications, network routing, and systems management. Other technical areas include cloud computing, virtualization, user interfaces, multimedia streaming/processing, databases, medical devices, and industrial control systems, to name a few.

 

Legal Assistants Kenyatta Upchurch and Jane Sorey Elected as 2018 Officers for Research Triangle Paralegal Association, Inc.

Kenyatta Upchurch and Jane Sorey, both Legal Assistants at Coats & Bennett, PLLC will be serving as 2018 officers for the Research Triangle Paralegal Association, Inc. (RTPA).  Kenyatta Upchurch will be serving her second year as President and Jane Sorey will be serving her first year as Treasurer.  The first RTPA general meeting for 2018 will be held on February 21, 2018.

RTPA serves paralegals working in Durham, Orange, and Wake counties by organizing educational, networking, and volunteer opportunities for its members.

Below is a link to the association’s website for more information:

http://www.rtpanc.org

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