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U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Director Hosts White House Roundtable Discussion at Coats + Bennett.

Cary, NC, February 17, 2012 --( Coats and Bennett, PLLC (, an intellectual property law firm, has announced that David J. Kappos, under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), joined business leaders, IP attorneys and general counsel from some of the Triangle area's top technology companies for a roundtable discussion on intellectual property at the firm's offices on Feb. 13. Hosted jointly by the White House Business Council, Business Forward and Coats + Bennett, the event addressed patent practice in the United States, with a particular emphasis on patent litigation. Director Kappos advises President Obama on matters pertaining to intellectual property and he has implemented substantial reforms at the USPTO during his tenure.

Leading the discussion was Coats + Bennett attorney Anthony Biller, a full-time IP litigator. Biller represents clients in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation in courts throughout the United States. He also teaches intellectual property litigation at Campbell Law.

Following this year's State of the Union address, President Obama asked senior Administration officials to begin hosting roundtable discussions with local business leaders across the country. The purpose of these roundtables is to listen to business leaders and receive feedback on how the Administration can best support their growth. The roundtables help ensure as well that business leaders are taking advantage of the Administration resources and programs designed to help them create jobs and compete.


“It was an honor to have David Kappos take time out of his busy schedule to meet with me and many other top Triangle IP attorneys from leading businesses to discuss trends in patent litigation,” said Biller. “This occasion provided all who attended with an excellent conversation about challenges in the current patent enforcement system, particularly for innovative technology companies, and to discuss with Director Kappos the significant patent law reforms undertaken by this Administration.”

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Coats and Bennett, PLLC, is one of the most established full service intellectual property law firms in the Southeast. Located in Cary, N.C., the firm provides a comprehensive range of intellectual property legal services including litigation, patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, trade secrets and related matters throughout the United States and worldwide. With a reputation as a trusted, experienced and effective resource for businesses and individuals in need of IP counsel, Coats and Bennett delivers quality work to local clients and Fortune 500 companies alike. For more information, visit

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