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Practice Areas

  • Patents - Counseling, Prosecution and Appeals
  • Patents - Due Diligence, Freedom to Operate, Opinion Work
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trademarks
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Copyrights
  • Copyright Litigation
  • General IP Litigation


t: 855-369-8895

David E. Bennett



Dave Bennett has practiced as a patent attorney in the Raleigh area since 1985. He is a member of Coats + Bennett and has been with the firm since it was founded in 1987. Prior to that time, he was an associate in the firm of Mills & Coats. Mr. Bennett's practice includes litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. He provides representation at both trial and appellate court levels. His experience also includes multi-party proceedings in the Patent and Trademark Office. He has ample experience preparing and prosecuting applications for patents and trademarks and handling appeals to the Board of Patent Appeals. He offers opinions concerning the validity and infringement of issued patents, as well as advice on how to "design around" valid patents. He also counsels clients in the selection of distinctive and enforceable trademarks.

Representative Cases

  • Ale House Management Inc. v. Raleigh Ale House, Inc., No. 99 1175, 2000, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2000065280

Published Works

  • Copy Basics for Home Designers & Publishers, David E. Bennett, 1996
  • The Power of Patents and their Strategic Use
  • Raleigh Ale House Wins Trademark Battle With Florida Restaurant Chain
  • Copyright Basics For Home Designers & Publishers

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1986
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1985

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Member, 1985 to 1985
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member, 1985 to 1985
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member, 1998
  • Carolina Patent, Trademark, Copyright Association, Member, 1998
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member

Past Positions

  • Mills & Coats, Associate


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1985
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC
    • B.A. - 1982
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Architecture