Gina is a veteran intellectual property attorney with more than two decades of experience strategizing with clients on the use and exploitation of their intellectual property assets. A former vice president and deputy general counsel at Fannie Mae, she is considered a pioneer in the realm of intellectual property assets in the financial services industry.
Gina maintains a diverse IP practice, helping clients identify, develop, monetize and protect their intellectual property assets and providing strategic counsel related to intellectual property analysis, planning, complex commercial transactions and leveraging intangible assets.
Gina combines her strong business acumen with an eye toward promoting competitive advantage and managing risk to provide clients with patent portfolio strategy and valuation analysis to identify and commercialize their IP assets to achieve their short and long-term business goals. She regularly performs IP audits and handles trademark prosecution and counseling, copyright (including Digital Millennium Copyright Act and fair use analysis), trade secret, and licensing for a wide range of public and private entities.
In the areas of information technology, data security and compliance, Gina works with clients to structure and negotiate a range of agreements, including product development, joint venture, strategic alliance, noncompete, confidentiality, click-wrap, merchandise and distribution, reseller, media rights, website development, hosting, linking, content, co-branding and cross-licensing agreements. She also drafts online consumer alerts, privacy practices and procedures and social media policies and procedures, and she advises on open source software use and licensing, Value Added Reseller (VAR) and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) agreements, hardware purchase, sale and leasing agreements and licensor-licensee disputes. Additionally, Gina counsels clients on consumer protection regulations and guidelines regarding laws such as the Federal Trade Commission Act.
- Advised general counsel of a large real property appraisal tech company on the global distribution of mobile apps and web-based solutions for appraisers.
- Advising a financial services company on a dispute with a 20-year legacy database vendor; negotiating a dispute to resolution in order to avoid multimillion-dollar litigation.
- Advising a premier global consumer electronics corporation with respect to transferring all consumer non-publicly available data to hosting in Korea.
- Counseled a multinational conglomerate on a patent portfolio strategy and phased-in implementation plan.
- Structured and negotiated a $150 million, multiyear, global telecommunications agreement on behalf of computer company.
- Served as outside general counsel to Chief Information Officer of a $2 billion hedge fund.
- Negotiated a nationwide services agreement with content providers for one of the nation’s largest electronic jukebox manufacturers and distributors.
- Counseled a patent owner on commercialization path for chemical compound and structured a product development agreement.
- Advised numerous Fortune 100 companies on data security and data breach policies and procedures.
- Structured and negotiated a series of services agreements for the largest online consumer payment processing company.
- Drafted and negotiated a complex strategic alliance agreement to create the largest, most widely used nationwide realtor-consumer online website.
Before Fox Rothschild
Gina is former vice president and deputy general counsel at Fannie Mae, where she served as IP chief, and she has extensive experience working as in-house counsel for Fortune 100 companies. At Fannie Mae, she assembled a patent portfolio containing nearly 300 assets, built and maintained a trademark portfolio of hundreds of domestic and international trademarks, and managed a team of attorneys and other professionals charged with protecting the company’s intangible assets.
Gina also formerly served as senior corporate counsel for Digital Equipment Corporation (now Hewlett Packard), where she served as counsel to an international array of acquisition, telecommunications and advertising business teams.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Gina is a frequent public speaker, both in the United States and abroad, at legal and business forums and conferences. She has spoken on a variety of intellectual property law topics as well as on diversity issues in the legal profession. Most recently, she addressed a consortium in Paris of European and Middle Eastern lawyers on the business implications and legal issues born of the global explosion of social media.