The Innovation Firm

Giovanna H. Fessenden

Practice Areas

Technologies

Education

  • Smith College, B.A. in Art History and Computer Science
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center), M.A. in Intellectual Property
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center), J.D.

Professional Associations

  • Berkshire Bar Association
  • Boston Patent Law Association

Giovanna H. Fessenden

Giovanna H. Fessenden Attorney

Giovanna H. Fessenden

Of Counsel
Concord office
978.341.0036

Giovanna’s practice focuses in all areas of intellectual property law with an emphasis on open source software compliance, software related agreements, and patents relating to the following: block chain technology, search engines / ad serving systems, video compression / codecs, trusted computing and encryption, cryptocurrency wallets, analytics systems, router firmware, OVS technologies, video on demand (VOD) systems, VoIP and video conferencing systems, social media software, database and storage systems, recommendation systems, integrated development environments (IDEs), compilers and interpreters, iPhone™, Android™ and tablet applications, CT imaging technologies, wearable computing technologies, and semi-conductor manufacturing systems.

Her areas of concentration include object-oriented software and Internet technologies. Giovanna is fluent in several programming, scripting, and modeling languages including Java, C++, C#, Perl, CGI, Lisp, C, C Music, Javascript, XML, HTML, and Unified Modeling Language (UML).  Giovanna also advises clients on open source software compliance, open source patent issues, and developing and implementing corporate policies on use of open source software.

She has also handled patent re-examination proceedings, patent litigation, trade secret misappropriation, copyright and trade dress infringement matters, trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, and breach of contract actions.  Giovanna has prepared validity and infringement opinions, open source software compliance opinions,  and software license agreements, technology transfer agreements, copyright publishing agreements, film production agreements, website terms of use agreements, and employee intellectual property agreements.

As a Communications Systems Analyst for the International Co-operative Alliance Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, Giovanna worked on software development, GUI and database development, application programming, server maintenance, database driven website creation and network administration.  Giovanna has also worked as a Technology Consultant to the United Nations Committee for Advancement of Cooperatives in Geneva, Switzerland, where she worked in software development and animation.  As a Programmer at Harvard University, she developed Java Applets and performed Flash ActionScript programming for an e-learning project.

While studying for her law degree, Giovanna held an internship at the United States Copyright Office where she assisted with the promulgation of regulations concerning webcasting transmissions and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

In addition to working with our other clients, Giovanna helps our firm to maintain our presence in western Massachusetts and services our clients in that area. She is also currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly, Franklin Pierce Law Center) teaching Patent Practice and Procedure 2 since 2010.

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Massachusetts
Biography

Giovanna’s practice focuses in all areas of intellectual property law with an emphasis on open source software compliance, software related agreements, and patents relating to the following: block chain technology, search engines / ad serving systems, video compression / codecs, trusted computing and encryption, cryptocurrency wallets, analytics systems, router firmware, OVS technologies, video on demand (VOD) systems, VoIP and video conferencing systems, social media software, database and storage systems, recommendation systems, integrated development environments (IDEs), compilers and interpreters, iPhone™, Android™ and tablet applications, CT imaging technologies, wearable computing technologies, and semi-conductor manufacturing systems.

Her areas of concentration include object-oriented software and Internet technologies. Giovanna is fluent in several programming, scripting, and modeling languages including Java, C++, C#, Perl, CGI, Lisp, C, C Music, Javascript, XML, HTML, and Unified Modeling Language (UML).  Giovanna also advises clients on open source software compliance, open source patent issues, and developing and implementing corporate policies on use of open source software.

She has also handled patent re-examination proceedings, patent litigation, trade secret misappropriation, copyright and trade dress infringement matters, trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, and breach of contract actions.  Giovanna has prepared validity and infringement opinions, open source software compliance opinions,  and software license agreements, technology transfer agreements, copyright publishing agreements, film production agreements, website terms of use agreements, and employee intellectual property agreements.

As a Communications Systems Analyst for the International Co-operative Alliance Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, Giovanna worked on software development, GUI and database development, application programming, server maintenance, database driven website creation and network administration.  Giovanna has also worked as a Technology Consultant to the United Nations Committee for Advancement of Cooperatives in Geneva, Switzerland, where she worked in software development and animation.  As a Programmer at Harvard University, she developed Java Applets and performed Flash ActionScript programming for an e-learning project.

While studying for her law degree, Giovanna held an internship at the United States Copyright Office where she assisted with the promulgation of regulations concerning webcasting transmissions and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

In addition to working with our other clients, Giovanna helps our firm to maintain our presence in western Massachusetts and services our clients in that area. She is also currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly, Franklin Pierce Law Center) teaching Patent Practice and Procedure 2 since 2010.

Education
  • Smith College, B.A. in Art History and Computer Science
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center), M.A. in Intellectual Property
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center), J.D.
Speaking Engagements
Professional Associations
  • Berkshire Bar Association
  • Boston Patent Law Association
Bar Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Massachusetts

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