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Two Coats + Bennett attorneys named Super Lawyer Patent Attorneys by Thomson Reuters

Cary, NC:  Coats + Bennett PLLC is proud to announce that founding members Larry Coats and David Bennett have been named in Thomson Reuters 2017 Super Lawyers list within the Intellectual Property category.  Having a combined total of more than 60 years’ experience, Thomson recognized them as being at the top of their field regarding patents, trademarks, copyrights, and infringement litigation.  Coats + Bennett PLLC is repeatedly recognized for exemplary service to clients locally and worldwide for the safeguarding of business assets and protecting competitive advantage. Coats + Bennett PLLC specialize in protecting innovation within a broad range of industries including Wireless Telecommunications, Chemical, Environmental & Wastewater, Mechanical Arts, and Textiles. 

“I am extremely proud of my friends and business partners, Larry Coats and Dave Bennett, for receiving this honor” said David Kalish, managing partner Coats + Bennett, P.L.L.C. “Larry and Dave are always striving to provide the highest quality work for the benefit of their clients. That their peers recognize this and selected them among the best for their understanding of patents, trademarks, and copyrights is a testament not only to the service they provide to their clients, but to their standing in the legal community.”

For more information regarding the Super Lawyer selection process, please visit the Super Lawyers official website.

Will Pagán is Honored by NC Lawyers Weekly as a 2016 Leader in the Law

It’s no surprise to us that Will Pagán has been recognized as one of the 2016 Leaders in Law by NC Lawyers Weekly.  The award honors attorneys licensed and practicing law in the state of North Carolina who go above and beyond in their profession and their community.

Will is an award-winning patent attorney and engineer, nationally-recognized tech-industry veteran, and former IBM Master Inventor.  At Coats + Bennett, he primarily practices patent law with a substantial technical focus on software, computing devices, and telecommunications.  He also assists clients with their trademark, copyright, licensing, and infringement issues.  Significantly, Will’s leadership throughout his storied legal and engineering careers has been marked by committed volunteer service and mentorship.

Will's full biography can be found here    Bio for Will Pagan 

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Will Pagán Receives Commander's Commendation Award

Congratulations are in order for Will Pagán, who recently received the Commander's Commendation Award (Wing) from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), United States Air Force Auxiliary.

CAP is congressionally-chartered to provide emergency services (e.g., air/ground search and rescue, disaster relief), aerospace education, and youth programs to the public.  As a volunteer member and Captain in the CAP Legal Officer Corps appointed to the NC Wing, Will provides counsel on a wide variety of legal issues at the local, state, and national level.  The Commander’s Commendation Award is presented to those who show “outstanding duty performance where achievements and services are clearly and unmistakably exceptional when compared to similar achievements and service of members of like rank and responsibility.”  CAPR 39-3(B)(9)(f).

“We are proud of the contributions Will makes to the public, as well as the recognition he has received from CAP,” said David Bennett, Managing Partner at Coats + Bennett, PLLC, in response to the good news.  “It does not surprise me that CAP sees what we at Coats + Bennett see: a talented, resourceful, and motivated attorney.”


Will's full biography can be found here    Bio for Will Pagan 


Will Pagan to Present "Strategies for Arguing Against Challenges Under §101" in a webinar on March 3, 2016

Will Pagan has been selected as one of the presenters for an upcoming webinar titled, “Effective Intellectual Property Asset Protection for Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutical Facing Subject Matter Eligibility Challenges in 2016 LIVE Webcast.”  Mr. Pagan's section of the presentation will focus on strategies against challenges under §101.

The webinar will be held March 3 from 12:00 - 2:00 EST.  We have a select group of complimentary registrations available for those who are interested in attending.  Please contact Will Pagan or Shari Leon at 919-854-1844 if you would like to attend.  More information regarding the webinar can be found at

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Eli Sheets Joins Coats + Bennett's Patent Practice

Coats + Bennett, PLLC, an intellectual property law firm located in Cary, North Carolina, is pleased to announce that Eli Sheets has joined the firm as an attorney for its patent practice.  Mr. Sheets’ experience spans a variety of technologies and business sectors, including advanced wireless communications systems, processors and semiconductor devices, software, and e-commerce.

“Mr. Sheets is a great addition to our firm,” states David Bennett, Managing Member.  “His experience in the preparation and prosecution of both domestic and international patent applications within a wide variety of industries builds on the strength of our already strong team.”

Mr. Sheets has significant experience with matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, having previously worked for the agency a patent examiner.  Additionally, he has worked as a patent attorney for law offices in Minnesota and Washington D.C.  Through his roles, he has helped companies of all sizes to obtain protection for their intellectual property and to maximize the value of these assets.  In addition to patent preparation and prosecution, Mr. Sheets has significant experience advising clients regarding threatened or ongoing litigation, business formation, negotiation, IP valuation, and licensing.

“Clients clearly trust the proven technical prowess and legal experience of the Coats + Bennett team to help them confidently navigate the often confusing legal and regulatory landscape surrounding intellectual property,” states Mr. Sheets.  “I am proud to be the newest addition to such a respected group of attorneys and look forward to working diligently and creatively to ensure our clients reach their unique business goals by effectively tackling the complex problems that often arise at the intersection of law and technology.”

Mr. Sheets obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of New Hampshire School Of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review. 

Mr. Sheets' full bio can be viewed here.



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