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Giovanna H. Fessenden

Giovanna H. Fessenden

Counsel, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

Computer scientist, intellectual property attorney, and blockchain specialist with 17 years of experience in advising high tech companies and startups in software patents, software product development, software licensing, open source software licensing compliance, and intellectual property strategy.  


Giovanna’s practice focuses in all areas of intellectual property law with an emphasis on blockchain, esports and gaming technologies, open source software compliance, software related agreements, and patents relating to the following: cryptocurrency wallets and exchanges, digital currency, search engines / ad serving systems, video compression / codecs, trusted computing and encryption, 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 blockchain systems, open source compliance, objectoriented software, and Internet technologies. Giovanna has experience programming 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.  Giovanna assists clients with positioning their IP portfolios for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and for acquisition.

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