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.

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