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 www.nclawspecialists.gov, or call the State Bar at