Christina D. Frangiosa

Member

Overview

Christina D. Frangiosa counsels clients across various industries about intellectual property and technology law. Her combined litigation and transactional practice concentrates on copyright and trademark advisory services (search, applications, and use), counterfeiting, infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, trade secrets, licensing, and policy development.

Chris’s 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 (USPTO) and in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).  Her clients have included accounting service companies, advertising companies, authors, computer software developers, consulting firms, construction and building companies, educational organizations, entertainment companies and personalities, entrepreneurs, legal and medical professionals, manufacturers, music groups, nonprofit organizations, retail establishments, service companies, and website developers.  

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 mainstream media, authoring articles, leading CLE sessions, and most notably, serving as the publisher of the Privacy and IP Law Blog, which addresses recent developments in trademark, copyright, computer, data security, and privacy law.

Representative Matters

  • Advise numerous clients in connection with trademark applications filed before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, including in responding to Office Actions raising questions about descriptiveness, mere ornamentation, descriptive marks having acquired secondary meaning, and likelihood of confusion.
  • Represented both plaintiffs and defendants in connection with cease and desist letters in various industries asserting trademark, trade dress, copyright, or trade secret rights against unauthorized users.
  • Obtained the dismissal of statutory damages and attorney fees claims as well as counts for unfair competition, misappropriation, and unjust enrichment against the defendant in Quadratec, Inc. v. Turn 5, Inc., d/b/a Extreme Terrain, Civ. A. No.: 13-6384, 2015 WL 4876314 (E.D.Pa. Aug. 13, 2015). Dispute ultimately settled on mutually agreeable terms.
  • Represented photographer in copyright infringement and unfair competition case against book publisher who used her photographs in international and translated editions without authorization.
  • Represented large waterproofing company in enforcing its trademark rights against various competitors who used the marks on their websites to advertise their own services.
  • Represented clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the TTAB, defending against claims of likelihood of confusion averred by third parties in connection with our clients’ trademark and service mark applications.
  • Represented sporting goods manufacturer in TRO proceedings against competitor asserting claims of trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and unfair competition under the Lanham Act.
  • Represented international hotel chain as local counsel in trademark infringement/dilution litigation to resolve a more than 20-year-dispute with a local kitchen textiles company.
  • Represented a national consulting company in multimillion-dollar contract dispute with technology retail store relating to custom enterprise software development. The dispute settled on mutually favorable terms.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
    • Trademarks & Unfair Competition Division, Chair (2016-present)
    • Women in IP Action Group, Member (2016-present)
    • Membership Board, Member (2015-2018)
    • Nominating Committee, Member (2013-2014)
    • CLE Board, Member
      • Co-Sponsor for trademark programming at ABA IPL Spring meeting in 2017, for webinars in 2016, and at the ABA Annual Meeting in 2015.
    • Previously served in the following capacities:
      • Trademarks & Unfair Competition Division, Vice Chair (2014-2016)
      • ABA Cybersecurity Task Force, IPL Section Liaison (2014-2015)
      • Trademark Litigation Committee, Vice Chair (2013-2014)
      • Joint Task Force on Online Piracy and Counterfeiting (Anti-Piracy Task Force), Co-Chair (2011-2014)
      • Chair, Trademark Legislation Committee (2011-2013); Vice Chair (2009-2011)
      • International Data Protection & Online Security Newsletter, Editorial Board Member (2008-2009)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
    • IP Committee, Former Chair 
    • Women in IP subcommittee, Former Co-Chair

Community Involvement

  • National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (Valley Forge Chapter), Member; American History Committee, Former Chair and Former Corresponding Secretary
  • Society of Mayflower Descendants (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania), Member
  • Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy, Member
  • Colonial School District, former School Board Director (2011-2015)

Awards and Recognition:

  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Stars
  • Named one of the “Top Attorneys” for Intellectual Property Law by Suburban Life magazine, 2016-2017

News and Insights

Publications

Speaking Engagements

Media Coverage

Interests

Chris developed a strong affinity for genealogical research when she took an “American Storytelling” class in college. One of the class assignments was to interview two of the student’s oldest living relatives – who were not related to each other – and collect several types of stories, such as wedding stories, birth stories, first job, what it was like to live through key historical events (like the Depression and World War II), and many others.  Chris traveled to Ohio to interview one set of grandparents, and then to New Jersey to interview the other set. 

These trips opened the doors to many long conversations and letter-exchanges with her grandparents over the next 20 years, resulting in each of them writing autobiographical accounts of their lives. Now that all of her grandparents have passed, these accounts provide invaluable insights into their experiences.  Chris has met several other genealogists in her family and documented various family lines on both sides of the family through several generations and emigration to America.  This research has also resulted in her discovery of at least five ancestors who supported the American Revolution – two of whom she has documented with sufficient proof to support her membership in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), and three others for which she needs to break through some brick walls before submitting as supplemental applications.

Chris is a great believer in and supporter of public education and completed a four-year term as an elected School Director (member of the school board) for the Colonial School District. She also previously served for three years as chair of the NSDAR VAlley Forge Chapter’s American History Essay Contest.