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William Sloan Coats

White & Case


William Sloan Coats is the managing partner of the Palo Alto office of White & Case, LLP, and head of the firm’s west coast intellectual property practice. His practice focuses his practice on software copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, bankruptcy, and copyright work involving computer hardware and software, consumer electronic products, movies, and music. He represents leading business, computer, and entertainment software and hardware companies in complex intellectual property litigation and licensing. He is the vice chair of the American Bar Association Science and Technology Law Section and a member of the United States Delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group on Electronic Commerce. Mr. Coats represents such prominent clients as Lucasfilm, Ltd., Universal Studios and NASCAR. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco where he received his A.B. and the University of California, Hastings School of Law where he received his J.D.