Giovanna H. Fessenden, JD/LLM '02
Adjunct Professor, Patent Practice & Procedure II
Giovanna H. Fessenden has been teaching a section of Patent Practice and Procedure II since 2010. She is also Of Counsel with the intellectual property law firm of Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds in Concord, MA.
Fessenden’s legal practice at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds focuses in all areas of intellectual property law with an emphasis on patents relating to computer software and architecture, including the following: search engines, ad serving systems, web crawlers, web indexing systems, VoIP systems, video conferencing systems, video compression, video codecs, encryption, Video on Demand (VOD) systems, socialnetworking tools, peer-to-peer systems, instant messaging systems, digital rights management, database systems, network intrusion detection systems, recommendation systems, pattern recognition, integrated development environments (IDEs), iPhone, Android, and tablet applications, voice recognition, compilers, interpreters, supply chain management forecasting systems, CT imaging technologies, CAD systems, and semi-conductor manufacturing systems.
As a Communications Systems Analyst for the International Co-operative Alliance Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, she worked on software development, GUI and database development, application programming, server maintenance, database driven website creation and network administration. She 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, Fessenden 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.
Giovanna H. Fessenden is Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds’ Berkshire Representative and helps the firm maintain its presence in Western Massachusetts.
B.A., Art History and Computer Science, Smith College
J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center, now the University of New Hampshire School of Law
M.A., Intellectual Property Franklin Pierce Law Center, now the University of New Hampshire School of Law
Peer-to-Peer Technology: Analysis of Contributory Infringement and Fair Use, IDEA: The IP Law Review, May 2002
“Software: To Patent or Not To? Algorithms and Automation as Patentable Subject Matter”, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Lecture, Waltham, MA, November 8, 2012
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court for District of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for First Circuit
Berkshire Bar Association
Boston Patent Law Association