Biography

Giordana Mahn concentrates on securing valuable patent rights for a variety of clients in mechanical, biomechanical, electromechanical, consumer products, and medical device fields. She has experience in post-grant proceedings, foreign and domestic prosecution of patent applications, and counseling on invalidity, non-infringement, and freedom to practice matters. Giordana’s work experience and technical training in mechanical engineering affords her a unique understanding of clients’ technologies and an ability to efficiently provide a range of patent prosecution services. Giordana enjoys working closely with clients to better understand their business objectives so she can strategically prosecute their patent applications.

Representative Experience

Giordana has experience prosecuting patents and counseling in a variety of technologies, including:

  • Medical devices
  • Intravenous drug delivery systems
  • Process control systems
  • Manufacturing equipment technology
  • Consumer products
  • Personal care products
  • Bottling systems
  • Injection molding machines and processes
  • Hardware
  • Automotive components
  • Terminal Sterilization Processes

Background and Credentials

Giordana earned her J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she was on the Dean’s list and received CALI awards for the highest grade in Legal Writing, Advocacy, and Mediation Certification & Courthouse Practicum. Through her role as the Executive Editor, Special Symposium of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Giordana edited journal articles and hosted a symposium focusing on a variety of current patent issues. She received a B.S. in mechanical engineering with a concentration in energy from the University of Michigan. Giordana is licensed to practice in the state of Illinois and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Giordana is also a certified mediator.

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D., cum laude)
  • University of Michigan (B.S.)
    • Mechanical Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Illinois

Publications and Presentations

  • “11th Annual Advocacy Challenge: Patent Exhaustion & Appellate Review of PTAB Institution Decisions,” Presented at The Richard Linn American Inn of Court, April 13, 2017.
  • “Industrial (Design) Revolution: From Spoons to Smartphones,” Presented at The Richard Linn American Inn of Court, November 12, 2015.
  • Sweeping changes: The US Innovation Act of 2015 proposes several dramatic revisions to patent law,” Co-Author, Intellectual Property Magazine, April 2015.
  • Giordana Mahn, Keeping Trolls Out of Courts and Out of Pocket: Expanding the Inequitable Conduct Doctrine, 45 LOY. U. CHI. L. J. 1245 (2014).

Community and Professional Involvement

Giordana is a member of the following professional society:

  • Richard Linn Inn of Court

She is also on the firm’s Pro-Bono Committee, is active in community outreach, and has participated, or currently participates, in the following programs:

  • Center of Conflict Resolution (CCR) in Chicago, IL –works pro bono as a certified mediator
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) in Chicago, IL –works pro bono in Executive Clemency and Expungement petitions
  • Health Justice Project Clinic of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, a medical-legal partnership focused on protecting health and housing rights of Chicago’s community –served as a client advocate and student attorney (2011–2014)
  • Pantanal Center for Education and Research –volunteered on-site construction as a student engineer to bring solar energy and water filtration systems to a rural community in the Brazilian Pantanal (2009)