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Kim Gatling Becomes Board Certified Specialist In Trademark Law

Kim Gatling Becomes Board Certified Specialist In Trademark Law

December 11, 2013

Greensboro, N.C. – Smith Moore Leatherwood attorney Kim Gatling was recently certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in Trademark Law. Gatling is one of 22 lawyers who are the first to achieve this distinction in the state.

Gatling, a Partner in Smith Moore Leatherwood's Greensboro office, concentrates her practice on intellectual property prosecution, licensing, and litigation. She prosecutes computer software, business method, and mechanical patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and routinely assists clients with protection of copyrights. Gatling structures complex license agreements for patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and she is regularly involved in intellectual property litigation and enforcement matters. She also drafts and negotiates agreements for IT transactions, including software development, license, and hosting agreements, and she advises clients on computer law and e-commerce matters.

Gatling was named to The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.) for Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law and Trademark Law for 2013 and 2014. In addition, she has been selected as one of Business North Carolina's Legal Elite for Intellectual Property Law in 2009 and 2001-2013. Gatling is actively involved in the North Carolina Bar Association where she serves on the technology committee, is a past member of the Board of Governors and is a past-chair of the Intellectual Property Section. She also serves on the boards of multiple civic organizations including United Way of Greater Greensboro, Gateway University Research Park, and the North Carolina A&T Board of Visitors. Gatling is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and The George Washington University School of Law.

The North Carolina State Bar certifies lawyers as specialists in designated practice areas as a service to the public. The program assists members of the public in the selection of legal counsel by identifying lawyers who have demonstrated special knowledge, skill, and proficiency in certain areas of law. The program also gives lawyers a credible way of making their expertise known to the public and other lawyers.

To be certified as a specialist in a practice area, a lawyers must have been in practice for at least five years, devote a significant part of his or her practice to the specialty area, attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty, be favorable evaluated by other lawyers and judges (peer review), and pass a written examination in the specialty practice area. For more information about the North Carolina Legal Specialization program, and to view a list of legal specialists by practice area, please visit the Legal Specialization website at, or call the State Bar at (919)828-4620.

Heather Olson


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