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Coats and Bennett Hires Accomplished Patent Attorney

Coats and Bennett, PLLC is pleased to announce that Edward Roney has joined the firm as an attorney for its patent practice.  Mr. Roney brings a broad range of legal experience to the firm including IP licensing and litigation, inter partes review proceedings, US/foreign patent preparation/prosecution, portfolio management and corporate transactions.

“Mr. Roney brings a wealth of technical and legal experience to Coats and Bennett,” states Ed Green, Member and patent professional at Coats and Bennett.  “Mr. Roney has worked in cellular wireless telecommunications since its inception. His experience developing integrated circuits extends far beyond the CDMA technology embedded in them. He has also prepared and prosecuted numerous patent applications and has extensive experience in related legal matters, such as licensing and working on industry standards.” 

Prior to his role at Coats and Bennett, Mr. Roney was Of Counsel for Troutman Sanders LLP in Atlanta and Chicago working with companies such as Google, Motorola Mobility, Georgia Tech, Lexis and Kulite Semiconductor.  Further, he has been a counselor and advisor to various emerging growth and mid-sized companies concerning intellectual property issues and disputes.

In addition to his legal experience, Mr. Roney founded PrairieComm, Inc. as a fabless semiconductor company providing baseband chips and software to leading cellular handset manufacturers, including Motorola, Samsung, Mitsubishi and Panasonic.  He also has held a variety of technical and management positions at Motorola, including representing Motorola on various industry standards committees and managing the development of Motorola’s first digital cellular handset products.

Mr. Roney was honored in 2000 by Inc. 500 for PrairieComm being ranked as the 25th fastest growing company in America.  In 2001, he was named by the Wall Street Journal to the Unstrung 25 for leadership and contribution to wireless communications.  He was also named as a runner-up for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

“I am excited with the opportunity to join one of the top patent practices in the telecommunications space,” states Mr. Roney.  “Given the number of advanced technical degrees and the breadth of legal and industry experience, Coats & Bennett’s patent practice is well positioned to provide its clients with focused counsel and trusted advice that recognizes each client’s unique business challenges.”

Mr. Roney earned his Juris Doctor from DePaul University in 2008, an MS Electrical Engineering degree from National Technological University, and a BS Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue University.

Coats and Bennett, PLLC Hires New Patent Attorney

Coats and Bennett PLLC announces that Brandee Woolard joined the firm as a patent attorney.

“We are excited to have Ms. Woolard join our firm,” states Justin Leonard, Member.  “Her skills add to an already expansive array of talent here at Coats + Bennett.  Ms. Woolard has an innate ability to quickly understand complex electrical inventions, making her a perfect fit in a firm committed to providing its clients with high quality patent services at market-competitive prices.” 

Ms. Woolard earned her Juris Doctor with honors from Duke University School of Law in May 2014.  She passed the North Carolina Bar Exam in July 2014, and was recently sworn into practice.  While in law school, Ms. Woolard completed clerkships for Coats + Bennett and externships for the Court of Appeals of North Carolina and SAS Institute’s Patent Legal Group.  She was an editor and staff writer for the Duke Law and Technology Review, was a member of the Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society, and held a vice president role in the Women Law Students Association.  Additionally, she received the 2014 Professional Award from the Duke Law Clinics for her service to clients in the Start-up Ventures Clinic.

In 2011, Ms. Woolard graduated Valedictorian of her class at North Carolina State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Law and Justice.  She was an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Women Engineers, and Service Raleigh. She was a recipient of the prestigious Park Scholarship.

North Carolina Central University spotlights Will Pagán

Will Pagán was already an award-winning software developer, patent engineer and inventor when he joined Coats + Bennett as a Patent Agent.  Now he adds to his resume, “Valedictorian of the 2014 graduating class from NC Central University School of Law’s evening program.”  However, when he was growing up in New York, Will didn’t always see great opportunities in his future.  NC Central University recently interviewed Will, and he recounts how the mentors in his life recognized his potential and helped place him on the path towards success . . . resulting in a Master’s degree in Computer Science, “Master Inventor” status at IBM, and a juris doctorate degree.  The full interview can be viewed at

Research Triangle Paralegal Association Names Jean Benvenuto President

Benvenuto is the lead patent paralegal at Coats & Bennett, PLLC

CARY, NC (May 6, 2014) – Coats & Bennett, PLLC is pleased to announce that Jean Benvenuto was voted as the 2014 President for the Research Triangle Paralegal Association (RTPA), which is a professional organization dedicated to encouraging the professional and personal growth of its members.  Benvenuto, the lead patent paralegal at Coats & Bennett, has over 30 years of legal experience.

A North Carolina Certified Paralegal and member of the North Carolina Bar Association- IP Paralegal Division, Benvenuto administers clients’ U.S. and foreign patent filings at Coats & Bennett.  Benvenuto has significant responsibility helping oversee the firm’s prosecution of patent rights and liaisons with dozens of associated patent firms worldwide.   Her passion for her work, responsiveness and dedication to detail helps ensure that the firm’s international patent team runs smoothly, which is integral to the firms’ success as a leader in the intellectual property law field.

“Jean is a natural leader and is an excellent choice as the RTPA President,” said David Bennett, Managing Partner of Coats & Bennett. “Her overall knowledge of patent prosecution combined with her experience in international patent filings has been critical to our firm’s past and future successes in protecting our clients’ patent rights throughout the world.”

“It is an honor to be voted in by my peers as President of the association for 2014,” said Benvenuto. “I look forward to managing the association and providing the organization with strong leadership throughout the year.”

Coats & Bennett values the importance of paralegals in the legal field and is a proponent of supporting education and growth. Paralegals contribute a great deal to the reputation of Coats & Bennett as a provider of professional and prompt service to our many clients.  Coats & Bennett is a Patron member of RTPA and hosted its February 2014 meeting at its Cary office and supports paralegals involvement in professional associations and organizations.

RTPA was established by and for paralegals residing in Durham, Orange or Wake County. RTPA hosts bi-monthly educational lunch meetings covering topics such as career counseling, paralegal certification legislation, paralegals as mentors, and financial counseling. 

To learn more about the RTPA visit

Coats and Bennett to host viewing of Professor David Nimmer's lecture titled "Infringement 2.0"

Coats and Bennett, PLLC will be hosting a meeting to view a replaying of Professor David Nimmer's lecture titled "Infringement 2.0" May 28th, 2014. If you would like to register for this event please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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