CARY, N.C. (July 19, 2010) – Coats & Bennett is adding a skilled legal and academic professional to the firm’s prestigious patent preparation and prosecution group. Letao Qin, Ph.D., J.D., holds a doctorate in Astrophysics and has worked with several of the country’s leading engineering companies and a prominent intellectual property firm. Her practice area will focus on electrical and communication technologies.

“Our clients will benefit from Letao’s extensive background and expertise and we’re delighted to welcome her,” said Michael Murphy, a member of Coats & Bennett. “Our firm handles complex patent work and Letao will be a great addition to the team.”

Before joining the legal profession, Qin studied under Dr. Sachiko Tsuruta at Montana State  University and was involved in the Astrophysics research group. Qin received her doctoral degree after her pioneer work studying effects of strong magnet fields on neutron star thermal evolution. She attended the extremely competitive University of Science and Technology of China after ranking second in the Hunan province on the National College Entrance Exam.

Her legal career began at a large intellectual property boutique firm in Boston. She also worked for several years as an engineer at IBM and Nortel Networks. She is currently registered to practice before the USPTO and has broad knowledge in technologies ranging from telecommunications to electrical and mechanical engineering to medical devices and laser optics.

“Joining a firm with the breadth of experience of Coats & Bennett is an exciting step in my legal career,” said Qin. “I’m looking forward to tackling the most challenging and intellectually-stimulating patent cases.”

Qin earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School, cum laude, and her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Montana State  University. She is a native of China and received her B.S. in Physics from the University  of Science and Technology of China.