- ICANN Intellectual Property Constituency
- NYU Engelberg Centre for Innovation Law and Policy
Founding Partner at Coates IP
With experience working both at top firms and in-house for the top technology brands, Stephen Coates brings a rare business-focused and practical approach to solve his client’s problems. After working for many years in-house, Mr Coates founded boutique firm Coates IP, where he specialises primarily in trademarks, domain names and copyright. Mr Coates’s favourite outside attorneys were always former in-house counsel and his goal in founding Coates IP is for the firm to provide exactly that – highly experienced former in-house professionals that give pragmatic in house-focused advice.
Mr Coates is active in IP policy organisations, particularly in internet governance policy: he is a member of the Intellectual Property Constituency of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and a former member of the Business Constituency and the ICANN Nominating Committee. Mr Coates sits on the advisory board of the NYU Law Engelberg Centre on Innovation Law and Policy. He is also very active at the International Trademark Association, where he has been a committee member since 2007 and led a domain name subcommittee on new gTLDs.
Prior to Coates IP, Mr Coates was senior counsel at Amazon.com where he managed the trademark practice for Amazon’s digital devices and services, as well as its domain name portfolio team. Mr Coates was the first IP counsel at Twitter, where he managed the trademark, marketing and domain name practices, among other things.