Computer scientist, intellectual property attorney, and blockchain specialist with 20 years of experience in advising high tech companies and startups in software patents, software product development, software licensing, open source software licensing compliance, trademark branding, and intellectual property strategy. Giovanna is the executive producer of TEDx Berkshires and she serves as a Board Member at the Berkshire Innovation Center.
Giovanna’s legal practice focuses in all areas of intellectual property law with an emphasis on technologies related to blockchain, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), esports and gaming, wearables, artificial intelligence, recycled materials innovations, biometrics, cryptocurrency wallets and exchanges, augmented reality (AR), crypto processors, video compression / codecs, trusted computing and encryption, object-oriented software, analytics, video on demand (VOD) systems, VoIP and video conferencing systems, integrated development environments (IDEs), compilers and interpreters, iPhone™, Android™ and tablet applications, and semi-conductor manufacturing systems.
Giovanna also advises clients on open source software and OpenChain compliance, open source patent issues, and developing and implementing corporate policies on use of open source software. Giovanna assists clients with positioning their IP portfolios for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and for acquisition.
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. Since 2018, Giovanna has received distinction in The Best Lawyers in America® for her patent law expertise. For the past 5 years, she was also ranked by Super Lawyers®, a rating of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
- 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
- B.A. in Art History and Computer Science, Smith College
- M.A. in Intellectual Property, University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center)
- J.D., University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
- Roundtable: Patents and Non-Fungible Tokens, The United States Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office Webinar, January 26, 2023
- “Decentralized Domain Names: What Does DNS Look Like in Web3?” Decentralized Future Council Webinar, November 10, 2022
- "Non-Fungible Tokens: A New Frontier for Brick-and-Mortar," The Berkshire Innovation Center, Pittsfield, MA, June 4, 2022
- "Rise of Crypto Currency: Crypto, Blockchain, NFTs, and Beyond," The Berkshire Innovation Center, Pittsfield, MA, March 31, 2022
- Moderator for panel discussions on Blockchain and NFTs at the Casino Esport Conference (CEC), Las Vegas, NV, March 24, 2022
- “Managing Open Source to Maximize Opportunity and Minimize Risk,” UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law Reunion Weekend, October 1, 2021
- “TedX Berkshires - Ideas. Inspiration. Community. Event,” Lenox, MA, Co- Organizer & Executive Producer for the Event, July 24, 2021
- “Should you get in the Game? Understanding the Economics and the Explosion in Esports & Gaming,” Event Moderator, MIT Enterprise Forum, April 7, 2021
- "Protecting Your IP from Devaluation with OpenChain Compliance," OpenChain Bi-Weekly Webinar, March 15, 2021
- "Once Upon a Time in …Medical Device and Open Source Land," MIT Enterprise Forum, Webinar, October 14, 2020
- "The Technical Revolution of Esports, Gaming, Gambling, and Blockchain," MIT Enterprise Forum, Cambridge, MA, October 29, 2019
- "The Future of Blockchain Technologies," Roundtable Discussion at the LES Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, October 22, 2019
- "VC Briefing: Blockchain: 2020," New England Venture Capital Association VC Briefing, Boston, MA, September 26, 2019
- Moderator for panel discussion on blockchain and cryptocurrency, Casino Esport Conference (CEC), Las Vegas, NV, September 5, 2019
- "The Esports, Gaming and Blockchain Technology Revolution," MIT Enterprise Forum, MIT Stata Center, Cambridge, MA, November 6, 2018
- Zen, Patents, and Open Source: Balancing the Viewpoints of Licensors and Licensees," LES Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, October 16, 2018
- “IP in the Emerging Blockchain-Driven Economy,” MCLE 21st Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference 2018, Boston, MA, June 14, 2018
- "Blockchain, Bitcoin, and Beyond," Boston College Technology & Entrepreneurship Council Event, Boston, MA, May 23, 2018
- "Strategies to Reap the Benefits of Software Patents in an Open Source Software Environment" Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Webcast, March 29, 2018
- Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Forum, Boston Bar Association, March 28, 2018
- "Bitcoin, ICOs and Blockchain in Life Sciences: Hype or Hope?" MassBio Annual Meeting, Cambridge, MA, March 21, 2018
- "Legal Considerations for Blockchain Innovations and ICOs" MIT Enterprise Forum, Cambridge Innovation Center, Cambridge, MA, January 30, 2018
- "Legal Considerations for Blockchain Innovations and ICOs" MassBio, Cambridge, MA, December 8, 2017
- "Strategies to Reap the Benefits of Software Patents in an Open Source Software Environment" 2017 Black Duck FLIGHT Conference, Boston, MA, November 8, 2017
- "Law for ICOs and Blockchain," Meetup at Alley, Cambridge, MA, October 24, 2017
- “Strategies for Commercial Software Developers Using Open Source Code in Proprietary Software,” Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Webcast, October 4, 2016
- “Blockchain Revolution,” TEDx Berkshires, Stockbridge, MA, June 13, 2016
- "Blockchain Innovations are Changing the Digital World," Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Webcast, March 30, 2016
- TEDx Berkshires, Stockbridge, MA, November 2015
- “Strategies for Maximizing Value of Intellectual Property,” 1Berkshire Entrepreneurial Meetup, Stockbridge, MA, September 17, 2015
- "Strategies for Managing Open Source Software," Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Lecture, Cambridge, MA, May 20, 2015
- Berkshire Innovation Center - Serving on their Board of Directors
- Berkshire Bar Association
Black Duck Certified Open Source Legal Professional
OpenChain Linux Foundation Partner