Genna S. Hibbs
Genna is a multi-faceted professional, with small-business roots and a background in both hard science and research/writing. Inspired by the collaborative accomplishment of the Human Genome Project and impassioned by her mother’s struggle with Parkinson’s Disease in the US health care system, Genna has been fascinated with the potential of biotechnology and genetic research in treating and preventing illness, and focused on the potential for regulatory mechanisms to increase patient access to cutting-edge health care technology.
Genna took her first job at 16, working for small businesses, large corporations, and government agencies throughout high school and college. After completing her undergraduate degrees, Genna excelled for three years as the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Laboratory Technician for a biomedia processing facility in Lenexa, Kansas. She also spent a year in Yoshino Village, Tokushima, Japan, teaching English to junior high school students. In law school, Genna took all courses related to Health Law and Intellectual Property, and competed in the relevant moot court events. Additionally, she interned for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office Torts Division, and held two judicial clerkships: for the Honorable Annette S. Plese of the Spokane County Superior Court in Spokane, Washington, and for the Honorable William R. Fairchild of the Douglas County District Court in Lawrence, Kansas. Returning to the Midwest, Genna chose the Chicago area to establish her legal career. She has fallen in love with the regional diversity, passion, and pride for supporting local businesses. She also discovered a need for affordable intellectual property and commercial legal services, specifically tailored to small business owners and individuals. On January 1st, 2013, Hibbs Law, LLC was formed.
Since beginning her practice, Genna has registered trademarks and copyrights, handled TTAB proceedings, assisted entrepreneurs through entity formation, drafted a range of agreements, advised small business owners in maintaining and enforcing their intellectual property, navigated FDA regulatory compliance for medical device manufacturers and HIPPA compliance for health care providers, litigated federal infringement actions for, negotiated settlements and licenses, and acquired registration as a patent attorney. At every turn, Genna’s experiences have been met with satisfaction by her clients, approval by her peers and mentors, and a sense of accomplishment personally and professionally.
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Chicago Bar Association
Woodstock Chamber of Commerce
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago
National Association of Patent Practitioners
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Friendly Lawyers, Conference Programming Committee 2017-2019
Chicago Bar Association Intellectual Property Committee CLE presenter, March 2013: Myriad-Go-Round: the current state of gene patents; 2018
Northern District of Illinois Settlement Assistant Program Volunteer
NAPP – Conference Planning Committee, PR Committee, Chicago Local Chapter Liaison.
Gonzaga University School of Law
Juris Doctor conferred, Cum Laude, May 2011
International Trademark Association’s Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition: Western Regional Third Place Winner, Ninth Place Nationally, and Fifth Best Brief Nationally, 2010 – 2011
National Health Law Moot Court, 2010 – 2011
CALI Awards: Property I, International & Comparative Intellectual Property, and Admiralty
Dean’s List, Fall & Spring 2010
Health Law Society President, 2010 – 2011
Lee & Hayes Intellectual Property Scholarship, 2009 – 2010
Finalist of GU Linden Cup Appellate Oral Competition and GU Negotiation Competition, 2009 – 2010
University of Kansas
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Genetics, December 2004
Bachelor of General Studies in English Literature, December 2004
“We recently were awarded a trademark and someone tried to challenge its validity with the courts. This came out of nowhere! Furthermore, they were infringing on my trademark.
Genna was recommended to us by a mutual friend. She jumped right in and had strategies to start attacking the case. Her communications were always very timely and she had a great knowledge of trademarks and infringement.
After months of back and forth communications with this company trying to challenge us, I think it was Genna’s keen strategies that caused them to finally back down, and ‘surrender’— and drop the whole case. She did a great job positioning our arguments, and at the end of the day, they knew they could not win.
We highly recommend Genna Hibbs!”
Co-Founder and Owner,
Best Gay Travel Guides Online Publishing
As a founder of a lean startup with limited knowledge about IP’s and trademarks, Genna has patiently explained each step of our US and international trademarks for our bandage brad. When a patent troll came knocking, she systematically silenced his meritless case, but more importantly, eased our minds to focus on the continued tasks at hand. She’s been there to handle our contract agreements and even the occasional ‘what would you do’ calls that come with the territory. That and a jar of homemade spaghetti sauce from her tomato garden, and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind advocate in your corner
Tru-Colour Products, LLC
Genna has been an incredible resource for our organization. In the complex world of health care regulations, she has been invaluable as a navigator and adviser, helping us to ensure that we are not only compliant with regulatory requirements but that we also have strong measures in place for the safety of our clients and the overall health of our organization.
Clinical Services Director
Chicago Women's Health Center
“Youth in our community (State of Washington) created a marijuana prevention messaging campaign called, ‘Weed Can Wait’. In order to protect the integrity of the message, our team decided to trademark the message. Ms. Hibbs provided pro bono consultation and assistance in navigating the intellectual property rights laws, ultimately assisting us to trademark two campaigns. We are incredibly grateful for Ms. Hibbs’s kindness, professionalism, and expertise.”