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Kimberly Bullock Gatling

Kimberly Bullock Gatling

Partner, Technology Industry Leader

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Kim Gatling, a Partner at the firm, concentrates her practice in intellectual property prosecution, licensing, and litigation.  She is also a member of the firm’s cybersecurity and data breach group, which assists clients with the management and protection of sensitive business and personal information. She is seen as a trusted advisor and valued team member to her clients, providing comprehensive, global advice from a legal and business perspective. Kim is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Trademarks. She prosecutes federal, state, and international trademark applications, and manages global trademark portfolios.  Kim also 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. Kim structures complex license agreements for patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and she is regularly involved in intellectual property litigation and enforcement matters in state and federal courts and within the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Kim 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.

In addition to her business savvy, Kim works to help community members achieve a better quality of life. She serves on the board of the United Way of Greater Greensboro and enjoys seeing firsthand how each program and initiative makes a positive impact on the community, focusing on the building blocks of a good quality life: education, income and health. Kim also serves on the Board of the Cone Health Foundation, which invests in the development and support of activities, programs and organizations that measurably improve the health of people in the greater Greensboro area.  Kim is a strong supporter of her alma mater, North Carolina A&T State University, where she serves as Chair of the Board of Visitors.

North Carolina Lawyers Weekly "Leaders in the Law" 2017
  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
  • Board Certified Specialist in Trademarks, North Carolina State Bar
  • 2015 Recipient of the Outstanding Woman of the Profession Award by the Women’s Law Association at Elon Law School
  • Selected by her peers as Greensboro Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year (Woodward/White, Inc.), Patents (2014, 2016)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law, Trademark Law (2013-2019)
  • 2009 Business Leader Woman Extraordinaire Award
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Intellectual Property (2009, 2011-2018)
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly "Leaders in the Law", (2017)
  • Triad Business Journal's Forty Under 40 (2003), awarded to the Triad's outstanding young business and community leaders

Representative Work

  • Manages the intellectual property portfolios, including patents, trademarks, and licensing, for large apparel manufacturer
  • Negotiated a long term, mission-critical product development, licensing and supply agreement for a specialty textile manufacturer which had developed a revolutionary line of products
  • Manages patent and trademark portfolios of various small to medium companies
  • Handles software development, hosting, and maintenance agreements for numerous software clients


  • Elon University Law School, Adjunct Professor, Public Law & Leadership, Winter Term 2014, 2015, 2016
  • 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

* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.

Thought Leadership

Published Works

  • "Safe Share – What Colleges and Universities Can Do to Stop Illegal File Sharing" – Campus Counsel, Winter 2004


  • "Protecting Your Intellectual Property," North Carolina A&T State University Entrepreneur Workshop (April 2015)
  • Panelist, “Inventors Liftoff,” The Forge and Greensboro Partnership Entrepreneur Connection (April 2015)
  • Panelist, The mHealth Revolution: A Clash of Innovation and the Law, Current HIT Challenges: mHealth, Big Data, and HIPAA Compliance, American Health Lawyers Association, Baltimore, MD (March 28, 2014)
  • "A Year after Bilski v. Kappos, the Patentable Subject Matter Struggle Continues" (presented with Andrew Spence)
  • Past Guest Lecturer - University of North Carolina School of Law; Wake Forest University Law School; North Carolina A&T State University; and Guilford College
  • "Protecting Your Intellectual Property," Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
  • "Protecting Your Intellectual Property," Women In Law for Women In Business Seminars


  • Cone Health Foundation, Board of Directors
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Chair of the Board of Visitors
  • Gateway University Research Park, Board of Directors
  • United Way of Greater Greensboro, Board of Directors, Past-Chair of Women's Leadership
  • American Cancer Society, Chair of the Triad Leadership Council
  • Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Greensboro Chapter (Legislative Chair)
  • The Links, Incorporated – Greensboro Chapter
  • Triad Stage, Board of Directors (2004-2011)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro, Board of Directors (2007-2011)
  • Women's Resource Center, Board of Directors (2009-2011)
  • International Civil Rights Center and Museum, 1960's Club Fundraising Committee (2009-2010)
  • 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)
  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1999
  • North Carolina A&T State University, B.S., Electrical Engineering, cum laude, 1996
  • United States Supreme Court, 2009
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2001
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 2000
  • North Carolina, 2000
  • North Carolina Bar Association, 4ALL Task Force, Past Member of 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)
Academic Honors
  • Staff member, American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, Volume 26

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