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Coats + Bennett Attorneys To Present At Seminar Focused On Strategies For Legal Research On The Web

Coats + Bennett, PLLC (, an intellectual property law firm, has announced that attorneys Tim Bradley and Emily Haas will serve as speakers at a seminar titled “Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web” hosted by the National Business Institute on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Crabtree at 4100 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, N.C. The CLE credit program will help attorneys, paralegals and other support staff learn specialized Internet research techniques, and will cover everything from basic web searches to the invisible web.  The techniques taught allow attorneys to quickly, efficiently, and economically find factual and legal information through a variety of Internet tools to support their clients’ cases.

The morning session will feature Haas sharing tips on how to search like a pro. She will cover common questions about how to properly use search engines and databases as well as more in-depth items like using Boolean logic to create the best search strategies for finding relevant documents, managing bookmarks, and effective use of RSS feeds, blogs and podcasts. During the afternoon session, Bradley will focus on the invisible web, referring to the vast repository of information on the Internet that is not visible to search engines. He will cover questions regarding how the invisible web differs from the visible web, the types of content in the invisible web, finding "invisible documents," and how to find web pages that have changed or been removed.

Continuing Legal Education credits will be given for this basic-to-intermediate level seminar. To register or for more information visit:

Dave Bennett of Coats and Bennett Quoted in Westlaw Journal Computer and Internet on Authors Guild v. HathiTrust decision

In the recent Authors Guild v. HathiTrust decision from the District Court for the Southern District of New York, the court ruled that it was permissible fair use for a coalition of universities to create a digitized library of copyrighted works in view of the transformative nature how the works were used in the digitized library, as enhanced search options and access for the visually impaired were provided. In their summary of the case, the Westlaw Journal Computer & Internet included commentary from Dave Bennett, managing partner at Coats + Bennett and veteran patent attorney. Bennett's full comments are viewable at the link below.

Read Dave’s thoughts on the Thomson Reuters blog

Coats + Bennett, PLLC Names Amy Theys As Office Manager

12-Year Industry Veteran Responsible For Accounting And Database Management

CARY, N.C. – Coats + Bennett, PLLC (, an intellectual property law firm, has announced that Amy Theys CPA, CMA, PgMP has joined the firm as office manager. In her position, Theys is responsible for overseeing all accounting and database management processes of the organization as well as managing the operational excellence of the firm.

With 12 years of experience in the legal, construction and utility industries, Theys has held a variety of accounting and management roles. Most recently, she served as a Program Manager at Progress Energy. Theys is involved with many professional organizations, including the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Management Accountants and the Project Management Institute.

Theys received her bachelor’s degree as well as her master’s degree in accounting from NC State University. She is a licensed public accountant with the state of NC and holds certifications in Management Accounting and Program Management.

“We are excited for Amy to join our team as office manager,” said David Bennett, managing partner. “Her accounting and management experience will be valuable to our operations to ensure the satisfaction of our clients.”

Emily Haas Named Co-Chair Of Wake County Bar Association Lawyer Support Committee

Apr 18, 2012
IPFrontline Committee Will Support Initiatives To Aid Lawyers In Need, Legal Professionals Suffering From Work-Related Issues

Coats and Bennett, PLLC has announced that Emily Haas has been named co-chair of the lawyer support committee at the Wake County Bar Association. The committee is responsible for assisting lawyers in need and promoting the Bar Confidential Attorney Resources and Enrichment Services (BarCARES) program, which provides behavioral health and psychiatry services to legal professionals suffering from work-related issues. Haas has been appointed to a one year term.

As an associate in the litigation group at Coats and Bennett, Haas specializes in copyrights, patents, trademarks and trade secrets. She earned her Juris Doctor from Campbell Law School, where she graduated in the top 5 percent of her class, and is a member of the trademark litigation committee at the American Bar Association.

“The legal profession is extremely rewarding but can also be highly taxing emotionally,” said Haas. “By promoting the BarCARES program and providing support to my colleagues, I hope to help members of the WCBA alleviate some of the stress associated with their careers.”

Coats And Bennett, PLLC, Wins Judgment In Architectural Rights Copyright Infringement Case

CARY, N.C. – Coats and Bennett, PLLC, an intellectual property law firm, has announced that litigators Anthony Biller and Emily Haas won a judgment in favor of James & Associates Residential Designers LLC of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and its owner, in an architectural rights copyright infringement case filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Elite Concepts filed its complaint in August 2010, alleging that defendants infringed on Elite’s copyrights to certain residential house plans. In October 2010, James & Associates filed their answer, denying all liability and defending itself on the grounds of license and independent creation. While James & Associates complied with the federal rules for discovery and trial deadlines, Elite Concepts did not. After James & Associates moved for judgment and after several warnings, the Court dismissed the case, with prejudice, as a sanction against Elite Concepts for failure to comply with Court deadlines and disclosure obligations.

“We are pleased with the ruling and that we could assist James & Associates,” said Haas. “It does serve as a reminder of the importance of retaining intellectual property counsel experienced with the demands and procedures for prosecuting and defending infringement claims in federal court.

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