Kim Gatling Interview

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Kim Gatling concentrates her practice in patent and trademark prosecution, licensing, and litigation. Particularly, she prosecutes computer software, business method, and mechanical patent applications, as well as trademark applications, before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She also drafts and negotiates agreements for IT transactions, including software development and maintenance agreements, and advises clients on computer law and Internet issues. Ms. Gatling further advises clients with regards to copyright registration and litigation. In addition, Ms. Gatling is an active member of the firm's alcohol and tobacco regulatory teams.

Education
• J.D., George Washington University, 1999
• B.S., cum laude, North Carolina A&T State University, 1996

Admissions
• North Carolina, 2000
• United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2001
• United States Supreme Court, 2009

Academic Honors
• Staff member, American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, Volume 26

Achievements
• 2009 Business Leader Woman Extraordinaire Award
Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Intellectual Property, 2009
Triad Business Journal's Forty Under 40 (2003), awarded to the Triad's outstanding young business and community leaders

Professional Memberships
• North Carolina Bar Association, Board of Governors, Past Chair of Intellectual Property Section
• Greensboro Bar Association, Past Director and Secretary, Past Co-Chair of Mentorship Committee, Past Co-Chair of Law Day Committee
• Guilford County Association of Black Lawyers
• Guilford Inn of Court (2005-2008)

Civic and Community Service
• Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro, Board of Directors
• Triad Stage, Board of Directors, Secretary
• United Way of Greater Greensboro, Board of Directors, Chair of Women's Leadership
• Women's Resource Center, Board of Directors
• International Civil Rights Center and Museum, 1960's Club Fundraising Committee
• Gateway Gardens, Fundraising Committee (2007-2008)
• Reading Connections: Board of Directors (2006-2009)
• Leadership Greensboro Class of 2007
• Future Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro: Grant-making Committee (2001-2003)

Experience
• U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, summer internship, 1996; completed Patent Examining Introductory Training course
• Sughrue Mion Zinn Macpeak & Seas, Washington, D.C.; law clerk, 1997-1999

Publications
• "Claiming Your Biotechnology Company's Intellectual Property: Guidelines for Claim Construction of United States Patents" – National Law Journal, Vol. 25, No.17, December 16, 2002
• "Safe Share – What Colleges and Universities Can Do to Stop Illegal File Sharing" – Campus Counsel, Winter 2004

Presentations and Speaking Engagements
• "Protecting Your Intellectual Property," Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
• "Protecting Your Intellectual Property," Women In Law for Women In Business Seminars

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