Spotlight on . . . Christina Frangiosa
May 1, 2018
Christina Frangiosa joined Eckert Seamans’ Philadelphia office in September 2016. She grew up in Moorestown, New Jersey, and today calls Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, home. Chris and her husband Vince have a 16-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son. Their daughter is a sophomore in high school who plays competitive field hockey year-round and is planning to study science in college. Their son is in fourth grade and is already pursuing Chris’ favorite sport, lacrosse. He also plays soccer, basketball, and practices karate.
Chris counsels clients across various industries about intellectual property and technology law. Her experience ranges from educating clients about protecting their copyright, trademark, and trade secret rights, to negotiating agreements to protect these rights, and finally, to litigating and resolving their enforcement claims or defending against claims filed by others. She has appeared in state and federal courts on behalf of her clients and represents them in trademark applications filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Chris is also very active in the legal community, serving in many key leadership roles of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, providing legal commentary on IP-related issues in the media, authoring articles, leading CLE sessions, and serving as the publisher of the Privacy and IP Law Blog, which addresses recent developments in trademark, copyright, computer, data security, and privacy law.
What led you to pursue a career in law?
My father was a trial lawyer, in the field of employment law, as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey. He went to law school when I was young and I remember sitting with him at the dining room table while he was going through his case files or reviewing depositions in preparation for trial. He’d talk to me about the cases and we’d work on his strategy together (at least, that’s how it felt to me as a kid). I decided that someday I’d be a lawyer, too. While my subject matter is different than his, that interaction continues to inspire me to this day.
What do you enjoy most about your practice?
Constantly learning something new. When my practice was broader as a commercial litigator, I had to become an expert quickly in a client’s industry in order to litigate effectively on its behalf. Over the past decade, focusing more closely on the trademark and copyright aspects of my practice, there are so many nuances that both the federal courts and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board consider, and staying on top of them keeps me on my toes.
Tell us something that’s on your bucket list.
Traveling to Scotland and Ireland while the kids are young enough to want to join us!
What is an app that you can’t live without?
I can probably live without this app, but it’s definitely a favorite – The Great Courses by The Teaching Company. My daughter and I frequently take long car trips together to attend field hockey tournaments and listening to the lecturers keeps my mind awake as I drive. She surprised me by being interested in some of these college-level courses – like forensic science and the history of espionage. The lecturers are supposed to be picked for being best in their fields, and some really are amazing.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I have a lot of hobbies – some of which I don’t always get to. Now that my kids are participating in more competitive sports, I’m frequently on a field somewhere watching games or helping my daughter work on her highlight reels for recruiting purposes. I am also an amateur genealogist – having spent over 25 years researching my family history (at some times with more attention than at others). There are certain family lines that are stumping me because of the dearth of official records in a particular region, and I find myself returning to them and trying to uncover those mysteries from different angles each time.