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William Sloan Coats

William Sloan Coats

Attorney-at-Law
Cupertino, CA, USA


William “Bill” Coats is a partner in the San Francisco office of Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg and chair of the firm’s litigation group.  He focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, specifically involving patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secret disputes. He possesses deep and broad knowledge of a number of cutting-edge technologies, which he uses to provides strategic counsel to clients across a number of industries, including computers, electronics, entertainment and the media. He is the past Chair of the Science and Technology Law Section of the American Bar Association and was appointed by the U.S. government to the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business Task Team on Intellectual Property Rights and Related Issues in 2008.

As an esteemed litigator in the IP space, Bill represents companies that are leaders in their respective fields, from large computer software and hardware developers to industry associations. His representation has helped establish guidelines and standards for the content and consumer electronic industries.

Practice Areas: Litigation, Prosecution, Copyright, Trademark

Education: University of California, Hastings College of Law, J.D.; University of San Francisco, B.A.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Delegate, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group on Electronic Commerce
  • Member, United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business Task Team on Intellectual Property Rights and Related Issues
  • President, Santa Clara County Bar Association's Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity in the Legal Profession in Silicon Valley
  • American Bar Association Section of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Past Chair
  • American Bar Association, Computer Law Division Past Chair
  • American Bar Association, Task Force on Biometrics Past Chair
William Sloan Coats is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Copyright Update 2016 - Intellectual Property Law Institute 2016, Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Embedded Software and Copyright - Intellectual Property Law Institute 2017, Monday, October 02, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Breakout Session - Copyright - Intellectual Property Law Institute 2017, Wednesday, October 04, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Breakout Session No. 1b—Copyright - Breakout Session - Copyright, Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Breakout Session - Copyright - Breakout Session - Copyright, Wednesday, October 04, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Breakout Session No. 1b—Copyright - Breakout Session - Copyright, Wednesday, October 04, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Intellectual Property Law Institute 2017, Sunday, October 08, 2017, New York, NY
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