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The Constitution protects “useful arts” by inventresses and inventors, commonly known as “patents”, the registration and maintenance of which is administered by the USPTO. The registration process is lengthy and costly, but necessary to secure a limited monopoly for an invention. Different types of inventive design and inventions require different types of applications and claims, and the circumstances of you unique situation will effect your options.

Knowing when to file a patent application and when to continue research and development is key to any inventive process. And now that the US has adopted the international “first-to-file” system, such timing is all the more crucial. Hibbs Law, LLC can assist you in understanding the state of the art around your invention and what space may be unique to you. We can evaluate your idea, compare it to existing technology, and outline the possible risks and strategies. So that you can make an informed decision. We can prepare the necessary documents for your application, prosecute your patent application through the examination process, and navigate and respond to USPTO office actions or PTAB appeals. Once your patent rights are secured we can help you develop enforcement practices, asset your rights against infringing actors, and negotiate licensing and other agreements to make the most of you limited but precious monopoly. Patent terms may be extendable through delays by the USPTO or mechanisms like the Hatch-Waxman Act.

Before a chemical or compound becomes a medical treatment, early-stage research must identify the relevant biological targets and develop known pharmacological or other identifiable activity. This process to develop a potential therapeutic medicine or product is a daunting endeavor which requires investment of time and money. Without sharp attention to possible dry candidates and novel research tools, opportunities may be lost or remain unrealized. Hibbs Law, LLC can assist you in determining whether materials, methods, or tools you develop in your research can be the basis for a claim to patent protection.

As the research process progresses, small or large organic molecules may be identified for further exploration. Identifying stable compound & determining potency, and developing assays for activity are primary goals in developing therapeutically meaningful results. Contact Hibbs Law, LLC about the possibilities open to you in protecting your innovations.


“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!”

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

“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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