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Coats + Bennett Attorney Anthony Biller Chosen as 2012 Leaders in the Law

Attorney at Intellectual Property Firm Honored for Career and Community Achievements by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly

Cary, NC, September 28, 2012 --( Coats and Bennett, PLLC (, an intellectual property law firm, has announced that Anthony Biller, an attorney with the firm, was selected for the 2012 Leaders in the Law award presented by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. The Leaders in the Law award honors those within the legal community who are working to better the legal profession through mentoring and involvement within their community as well as going above and beyond in their everyday job. Honorees represent the most influential individuals within North Carolina’s legal community. Biller was honored at the fourth annual Leadership in the Law event hosted by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly on Sept. 19 at the Raleigh Marriott City Center at 500 Fayetteville St.

At Coats and Bennett, Biller counsels clients in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation in courts throughout the United States. He is admitted to the practice of law in and appears before the State and federal courts of North Carolina, as well as the U.S. Court of Claims, and before the Federal Courts of Appeal for the Federal, Fourth, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court. Biller has served as an attorney with Coats and Bennett since September 2000 and is a member of the Campbell Law School faculty teaching intellectual property. He also serves on his firm’s executive committee.

As an attorney with Coats and Bennett, Biller coordinated with the White House Business Council and Business Forward to host several discussions on IP law in 2012 to invited distinguished guests by officials with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in the Triangle. One such event at the Coats and Bennett offices featured David J. Kappos, undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of USPTO, reviewing patent practice in the United States, with a particular emphasis on patent litigation. Another was a discussion on patents and the economy and AIA implementation with two other USPTO officials which was hosted at Campbell Law School, featuring Dr. Stuart Graham, the chief economist at USPTO, and Janet Gongola, implementation coordinator for the America Invents Act.

Biller’s memberships include the American Bar Association (ABA) litigation and intellectual property practice groups, the International Trademark Association, and the Federalist Society. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Alliance Defense Fund’s National Litigation Honor Corps. Biller chaired both the ABA’s Intellectual Property Law Committee on Trademark Litigation and Committee on Trademarks and the Internet, each for two annual terms. He was named to the North Carolina Business “Legal Elite” for Intellectual Property in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Biller also serves on the board of directors for and provides pro bono legal advice to several ministries with intellectual property needs.

Prior to practicing law, Biller served four years as an officer in the U.S. Army where, as a Jumpmaster and Ranger, he led paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne Division. He received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate, and his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Campbell University in 1997, where he served as the managing editor for the Campbell Law Review. In his personal time, Biller has served as chief of the Twirling Tulips tribe in the YMCA Guide/Indian Princess Program and as a Cub Scout Den Leader. He coaches soccer teams at Colonial Baptist Church and enjoys competing in triathlons.

“Tony is an outstanding individual in his service both to his profession and his community, and he has taken a leading role in shaping policy in the intellectual property field through his legal articles, presentation and courtroom activities,” said Larry Coats, a senior member and co-founder of Coats and Bennett. “He has used his insights and education to benefit those who attend Campbell Law School, and he continues to contribute back to his community through his work in many religious and social activities. Tony is a very accomplished person whose record speaks for itself. We are proud to have him as a member of the Coats and Bennett team.”

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About Coats and Bennett, PLLC:
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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