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Smith Moore's Kimberly Gatling Named Chair of NCBA Intellectual Property Section

June 13, 2007

GREENSBORO – Smith Moore LLP attorney Kimberly Bullock Gatling has been named Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Intellectual Property Section.  Gatling will serve a one-year term in the position as she guides the 573-member section and its examination of patent, trademark, and copyright law issues.

Gatling will guide the section's involvement in a variety of initiatives, including the newly formed NC LEAP, a pro bono program of the NCBA that provides business law services to low-wealth entrepreneurs throughout the state.  According to Gatling, an entrepreneur's intellectual property is often his most valuable asset, although many cannot afford to hire counsel to seek appropriate intellectual property protection.  "I look forward to chairing the section this year and am particularly excited about the involvement with NC LEAP.  The program will increase the opportunities for low-wealth entrepreneurs to obtain intellectual property protection by working with skilled attorneys whom the entrepreneurs would not otherwise be able to afford."

Gatling is a key member of Smith Moore's business practice as she concentrates her interests in the areas of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.  Gatling prosecutes computer software, business method, and mechanical patent applications before the US Patent and Trademark Office.  She also prosecutes federal trademark applications, drafts and negotiates intellectual property licenses, and advises clients on infringement issues.

Contact: Donnie Turlington
For Smith Moore LLP

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