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Paul Bell was born in Charlotte in 1922, and grew up in the Montreat and Black Mountain areas of North Carolina. For undergraduate he attended Wake Forest University and focused his studies in economics. In his third year he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he would study and train to earn his pilot wings. Bell flew missions during World War II. He recounts entering Wake Forest School of Law in 1946, and starting patent law practice in Charlotte with his mentor Paul B. Eaton. He reflects on the development of patent law in general. He describes the Lex Tex decision which his firm handled and won. Bell concludes the interview by noting his involvement in the Charlotte community over the years including with the Charlotte Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Jaycees, and Myers Park Presbyterian Church, and his role as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest School of Law and UNC School of Law.

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