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About Giordana

Giordana Mahn, CIPP/US focuses her practice on patent prosecution and counseling. She helps her clients secure valuable patents in the mechanical, biomechanical, electromechanical, consumer products, medical device, femtech, and sextech fields. She works with a wide range of technologies, including wearable technology, intravenous drug delivery systems, prosthetics, personal care products, pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment, process control systems, refrigeration and freezer systems, automotive components, agricultural equipment, sporting goods, and portable electronic devices.

Her practice encompasses preparing and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications; strategically managing her clients’ global IP portfolios; performing invalidity, infringement, patentability, and freedom to operate analyses; and preparing appeals and petitions for post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Giordana works closely with her clients to gain a deep understanding of their businesses so that she can deliver sophisticated patent strategies that are custom-tailored to help them achieve their goals. She takes a creative approach to her clients’ matters, proposing innovative solutions that maximize the scope of their patents, protect them from future validity challenges, and lay the groundwork for strong market positions. As a working mother, she is strongly dedicated to women-owned businesses, especially those that focus on women’s health in the growing femtech sector.

Outside of her patent practice, Giordana devotes a considerable amount of time to activism on behalf of women in technology. She has served as the IP Legal “Expert” in Residence of Women of Wearables and is a member of both Women of SexTech and the FemTech Collective. Her pro bono practice focuses on legal advocacy related to civil rights, mediation, clemency and expungement, and veterans’ affairs. In law school, she served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Virginia Kendall of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

*Admitted only in Illinois. Not admitted to practice in Massachusetts. Work conducted in Massachusetts, is directly supervised by a member of the Massachusetts bar or is limited to federal courts or agencies listed below or otherwise authorized by law.

Publications

What femtech entrepreneurs must know about IP,” Med-Tech News (February 7, 2022)

Giordana Mahn, an IP attorney’s personal story,” Women of Wearables (September 23, 2021)

“Sweeping changes: The US Innovation Act of 2015 proposes several dramatic revisions topatent law,” Intellectual Property Magazine (April 2015)

“Keeping Trolls Out of Courts and Out of Pocket: Expanding the Inequitable Conduct Doctrine,” 45 LOY. U. CHI. L. J. 1245 (2014)

Speaking Engagements

Protecting Your Femtech IP,” Fish Webinar (November 30, 2022)

“Protect Your Med Device IP,” Medstartr Healthcare Innovators Club (June and July 2021)

“IP Lessons for Tech Startups in the US,” Women of Wearables Knowledge Hub (March 2021)

“11th Annual Advocacy Challenge: Patent Exhaustion & Appellate Review of PTAB Institution Decisions,” The Richard Linn American Inn of Court (April 13, 2017)

“Industrial (Design) Revolution: From Spoons to Smartphones,” The Richard Linn American Inn of Court (November 12, 2015)

Media Mentions

Ask Me Anything: IP Law for Femtech Founders with Marshall, Gerstein & Borun’s Giordana Mahn,” Femtech Insider (January 6, 2021)

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Education

J.D., Loyola Law School (2014) Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Executive Editor


B.S., Mechanical Engineering, with concentration in Energy, University of Michigan (2009)

Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Illinois
Memberships & Affiliations

International Association of Privacy Professionals - Certified CIPP/US

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