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Intellectual Property

 “Fair Use Basics” —March 2019, Woodstock Public Library
“Fair Use Basics” — Apr 2018, Woodstock Chamber of Commerce

How Copyrights, Trademarks, and Fair Use effect web content and social media sharing. Get the basic Do’s and Don’ts for your business! A little knowledge up front can reduce risk and improve damage control systems.

“Protect Your Work!” — April 2019, Prairie Ridge HS Incubator
“Protect Your Work!” —June 2018, Woodstock Public Library
What is intellectual property? How are IP rights created? How do you protect it?  What is IP enforcement?

Intellectual Property & Licensing/Contracts

“An Overview: Royalty Structures and Licensing Agreements in IP Negotiating Power Considerations, Basic Agreement Provisions, & Royalty Structures” — May 2019, Chicago Inventors Organization


“Patent Basics” — January 2018, Chicago Kent Law School/USPTO Patent Hub
+Patent Basics Handout
Basic aspects of patentability and brief overview of application components.


“Trademark Basics” — August 2018, Woodstock Chamber of Commerce
What is It? How does It Work? What is Infringement?

Business Entities

“Entities in Illinois” — April 2019, Prairie Ridge HS Incubator
Where to find the information, forms, laws, and other requirements to create a business entity in Illinois.

Biotechnology & Patents

“After Myriad: the Current State of Gene Patents” — April 2018 Chicago Bar Association, Intellectual Property Committee 

“Myriad-Go-Round: the Current State of Gene Patents” — March 2013 Chicago Bar Association, Intellectual Property Committee


“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,
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

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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