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John Owen Elected to Business NC Legal Elite

Coats + Bennett, PLLC, an intellectual property law firm located in Cary, North Carolina, has announced that John Owen has been elected to the 2016 Legal Elite by Business North Carolina magazine.  Mr. Owen has previously earned this distinction eight times.  Legal Elite is an annual survey by Business North Carolina magazine asking the state’s lawyers who they consider to be the best in their field in 14 business-related specialties. Of the thousands practicing in the state, less than 3% are selected as Elite.

Mr. Owen has been with Coats + Bennett since 1996.  His client base ranges from Fortune 500 corporations to the garage inventor.  In his almost twenty years of practice, Mr. Owen has worked on a variety of mechanical, electrical and biomedical patents.  He is a strong believer that his job is to act as the confidante and counselor of inventors as their ideas become reality.

"I am extremely proud of my friend and business partner for receiving this honor,” said David Bennett, managing partner for Coats + Bennett. "John is always striving to provide the highest quality work for the benefit of his clients. That his peers recognize this and selected him among the 2016 Legal Elite for IP Law is a testament not only to the service he provides his clients, but to his standing in the legal community."

In addition to Mr. Owen, David Bennett has also previously been elected to Legal Elite.  Larry Coats and Anthony Biller have been elected to Legal Elite several times and have now been entered into the Legal Elite Hall of Fame – an honor which is awarded to those who receive the most votes in a particular category, and they are no longer eligible for the annual list.

Mr. Owen's full bio can be viewed here.

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Coats + Bennett Hosts January 2016 High-Tech Women Meeting

High-Tech Women Meeting

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Coats + Bennett, 1400 Crescent Green, Suite 300, Cary 


Please join us for an engaging presentation on the fascinating IBM Watson technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data. 


Our presenter, Rich Edwards, is Program Director and Product Manager for the IBM Watson Developer Cloud, helping developers and makers add advanced cognitive computing capabilities to their applications and services. Rich's focus is leading a team of technical evangelists that help users flush out their use cases and take advantage of this rapidly expanding set of capabilities in the market.


Those interested in attending should register here:









Coats + Bennett Hosts High-Tech Women Meeting

 High-Tech Women Meeting

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Coats + Bennett, 1400 Crescent Green, Suite 300, Cary 

Advances in personalized medicine are truly some of the most exciting in the last 30 years. The most exciting part is that women are playing a key role in this hi-tech area that is impacting each of our lives and so is Raleigh.  Coats and Bennett, PLLC will host on Wednesday, October 28 at 6:00pm Hi-Tech Women’s kick off to this year’s speaker series that begins with cutting-edge technology in personalized medicine.


Did you know that common diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, as well as rare diseases including hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, and sickle cell anemia, are genetic diseases? Elevated risks of genetic diseases frequently runs in families, and symptoms such as high blood pressure or cholesterol can be passed down from one generation to another. Tracing the illnesses suffered by a patient's parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help doctors predict elevated risk levels of disease or health issues for a patient, and take steps to reduce those risks.


Come hear Tejinder Rakhra-Burris, MA , Program Leader of the Duke Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine (CAGPM) present an overview of personalized medicine. She will then discuss a family health history study currently being conducted at Duke and other institutions, that utilizes a web-based app to generate a personal risk assessment profile of 30 diseases and conditions generated for participants and their providers. This presentation will kick off an exciting year of informative and intriguing presentations on cutting-edge topics of interest to our High-Tech Women organization members.


Those interested in attending should register here:


Scott Snyder Joins Coats + Bennett's Patent Practice

Coats and Bennett, PLLC, an intellectual property law firm located in Cary, North Carolina, is pleased to announce that Scott Snyder has joined the firm as an attorney for its patent practice.  Mr. Snyder brings to the firm over 25 years of software, engineering, intellectual property and professional services experience. 

“Mr. Snyder brings a tremendous amount of experience as an engineer and as an attorney to our firm,” states David Bennett, Managing Manager.  “His extensive background in hardware, software, electrical, and wireless technologies will ensure our clients continue to receive the highest level of service for which Coats and Bennett is committed to providing. 

Prior to his role at Coats and Bennett, Mr. Snyder held Patent Attorney positions at Olive Law Group and Withrow & Terranova, both in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.  In those roles, his work focused on patent preparation and prosecution for technologies such as electrical, wireless, telecommunications, computer and digital processing systems.  Further, he held the role of Patent Examiner for the US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA. 

In addition to his legal experience, Mr. Snyder spent 17 years at Hewlett Packard in senior engineer and senior program manager positions.  He then continued his career as VP of Operations/R&D/Product Management for Alerts Inc. in Raleigh, and President of Meeks Technology Group in Cary. 

”Coats and Bennett is an extremely well respected and top-tier intellectual property law firm,” states Mr. Snyder.  “I am very pleased to work with such a tremendously qualified group of attorneys and agents who contribute to the continued success of their clients.”  

Mr. Snyder earned his Juris Doctor from Western State University in 1991 and his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with a second major in Biomedical and Clinical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. 

Mr. Snyder's full bio can be viewed here.

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Coats and Bennett Named as One of the Top 100 US Patent Firms

Coats and Bennett, PLLC, an intellectual property law firm located in Cary, North Carolina, is pleased to announce that Intellectual Property Today has released its list of top patent firms, ranking Coats and Bennett among the top 100 firms nationwide.  The rankings are based on the number of U.S. utility patents issued in 2014.  In addition to the U.S., Coats and Bennett also had patents issued in over ten countries last year.

”We are pleased to be recognized as one of the top patent law firms in the country,” states David Bennett, Managing Partner.  “We strive to provide the highest level of service to our clients.  Our experience in understanding our clients’ complex technologies and their business needs has enabled our firm to see steady growth over the years which has resulted in being honored by Intellectual Property Today.”

Coats and Bennett is a full service intellectual property law firm with extensive experience in a wide range of complex technologies including wireless communications, networking, processors and computer architecture, semiconductors, electronics, software, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering.   In addition to patent preparation and prosecution, the attorneys at Coats and Bennett provide opinions on infringement and validity of patents, and represent clients in adverse proceedings before the Patent Office and federal courts including inter partes reviews, post grant reviews, and patent litigation.  The firm also assists clients with trademarks, copyrights, licensing, trade secrets, and internet and domain name disputes.  The award-winning attorneys at Coats and Bennett are among the best in the country and have been repeatedly recognized for their exemplary service of clients locally and worldwide.  

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