Spotlight on . . . Christina Frangiosa

March 9, 2022

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 daughter in college and a son finishing up middle school. Their daughter is a Chemistry major at Penn State University, who previously played competitive field hockey year-round (leading to many long car trips) . Their son is in eighth grade and actively playing year-round lacrosse – both indoor/box as a defender and a goalie and outdoor as a long-pole defender . He also plays soccer in the fall and is a junior black belt in 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 helps them pursue trademark registrations with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and handles 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, participates in Legislation committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) – specifically its U.S. Legislation Subcommittee, and providing legal commentary on IP-related issues in various sources, including on her Privacy and IP Law Blog, which addresses recent developments in trademark, copyright, computer, data security, and privacy law.

Q&A

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 Italy, Scotland and Ireland while the kids are interested enough to travel with 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 used to take long car trips together to attend field hockey tournaments up and down the East Coast and listening to the lecturers kept my mind awake as I drove. She surprised me by being interested in some of these college-level courses while she was in high school– like forensic science and the history of espionage. My son has now gotten interested – although his interests run along global history topics.  The lecturers are apparently 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 have time to explore. Now that my kids are participating in more competitive sports, I’m frequently on a field somewhere watching their games. I am also an amateur genealogist – having spent over 30 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, or fires in various county record offices decades ago and I find myself returning to them and trying to uncover those mysteries from different angles each time.

In view of Women’s History Month, who is a woman you admire and why? 

Jeri Laber, the former Executive Director of Helsinki Watch (or, Human Rights Watch/Helsinki) in New York. Between college and law school, I worked as her assistant for several years. She was a pioneer in human rights advocacy, focusing on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Observing her work ethic, dedication, care, attention to detail and (ultimately) her success in advocating for better treatment in specific areas helped inspire me to go to law school. She was a fabulous mentor and taught me the value of building strong teams and supporting each another in the workplace. I will never forget her leadership.

 

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