Quality. Tenacity. Passion

Gouthami Vanam

Gouthami brings in a breadth of experience and diversity to Hibbs Law.  Since her childhood, Gouthami dreamt of becoming an attorney.  To realize her dreams, she migrated from India in 2008.  She began her journey to becoming an attorney at William Rainey Community College in Palatine.  She initially wanted to get a degree in Business and attend law school soon after.  However, at Harper College, she discovered her passion towards Chemistry.  She pursued her passion in Chemistry along with her interest in Business Management and graduated with two bachelor’s degrees from University of Illinois at Chicago.  Upon receiving the Dean’s Scholarship, she went on to attend The John Marshall Law School.  In law school, she chose the path of Patent Law, and aspired to become a well-rounded attorney upon graduation.  To accomplish her goals, she interned at an IP firm and gained valuable experience in FDA, FTC, and EPA compliance matters.  In order to understand the judicial process, she externed for Hon. Judge Lyons at the Circuit Court of Cook County.  In order to gain practical experience with patent prosecution, she externed at the Jon Marshall Law School’s Patent Clinic.  Here, she worked on utility patents under the direct supervision of her professors.  She also interned at the Chicago Housing Authority to gain litigation and negotiation experience. Upon graduation from law school, she taught Expert Learning – Torts for first semester alw students at the John Marshall Law School and worked as an Attorney Law Clerk at the City of Chicago.  Here, she honed her negotiation and litigation skills.  She went on to work in the Telecommunications industry as a Legal and Regulatory Specialist. In that role, she resolved complex leasing issues pertaining to the communication towers and negotiated Master Attachment Agreements on behalf of telecommunication carriers. She researched, interpreted, and advised on zoning and permitting laws at City and County level for new cellular tower construction. She also assisted the telecom carriers in completing the necessary paperwork for regulatory matters like FAA, FCC, NEPA, to name a few.  Despite having an exciting career in Telecom industry, her heart was always in Intellectual Property law.  Henceforth, she made a transition to Hibbs Law, LLC.  During her short time at Hibbs Law, she already worked on a number of issues pertaining to trademarks, patents, business formations – both LLC and non-profits, and FDA compliance matters.  She looks forward to meeting all the Hibbs Law clients personally and helping them in any way she can.

BAR MEMBERSHIP:

Illinois

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

Chicago Bar Association
Chicago Women in Intellectual Property
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago
National Association of Patent Practitioners

EDUCATION:

The John Marshall Law School
Juris Doctor conferred, Cum Laude, June 2017
Juris Doctor certificate in Intellectual Property Law (Patent Track), conferred in June 2017

Staff Editor, Review of Intellectual Property Law
Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution Honors Board and Council
Managing Teaching Assistant — Contracts I MATA Program
Supervising Teaching Assistant — Torts
Deans Scholarship 2014–2017
Continuing Education Scholarship 2016–2017

PUBLICATIONS:

Gouthami Vanam, Impact of Lexmark Case on Patent Exhaustion, 16 J. Marshall Rev. Intell, Prop. L. 487 (2017).


“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.

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Derrick Sorles
Co-Founder and Owner,
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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

Toby Meisenheimer
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.

Leslie Fiedler
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.”

Joy Lyons
Prevention Intervention Coordinator
Prevention and Youth Services

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