SOURCE: Finjan Holdings, Inc.

Finjan Holdings, Inc.

April 06, 2015 12:01 ET

Finjan Names Chief Intellectual Property Officer

Julie Mar-Spinola Appointed to CIPO

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 6, 2015) - Finjan Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: FNJN), a cybersecurity licensing company, announced today that it has appointed Julie Mar-Spinola as its Chief Intellectual Property Officer, effective immediately. Ms. Mar-Spinola has served as the Company's Vice President, Legal Operations since February 3, 2014. In this expanded role, Ms. Mar-Spinola will have wide ranging responsibilities, including building Finjan's intellectual property assets, overseeing the Company's Enforcement Program, including the licensing and litigation practice groups, as well as managing public policy, including Patent Reform.

"Julie represents the epitome of credibility when working with prospective licensees in often-tenuous discussions. This comes from an esteemed career of representing both patent owner and defense sides of negotiations, often deep in the nuances of contract drafting, and managing through the complexities of patent law," commented, Phil Hartstein, CEO of Finjan. "It was an easy decision to invite Julie into the executive ranks of Finjan as we position ourselves for growth and expansion."

Previously, Ms. Mar-Spinola served as Interim General Counsel for Phoenix Technologies and its subsidiary, iolo technologies LLC, a software technology company, from September 2013 through February 2014. Ms. Mar-Spinola served as VP, Legal (General Counsel) for Alta Devices, a solar cells manufacturer, from June 2010 through April 2013. Prior to Alta Devices, Ms. Mar-Spinola was a co-managing partner with a patent boutique law firm, Sawyer Law Group, PC, from March 2009 through June 2010. Ms. Mar-Spinola served as an intellectual property consultant during the period between September 2007 through March 2009, after serving with Atmel Corporation as VP, Global Affairs - IP, Litigation, and Licensing from October 1997 through September 2007. Prior to joining Atmel, Ms. Mar-Spinola was Special Counsel at the law firm of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe from May 1989 through October 1997. 

Ms. Mar-Spinola is currently the Chairman and Co-Founder of ChIPs, a nonprofit corporation founded in 2005, whose mission is to support, educate, and promote the advancement, development, and retention of women in IP and technology. Ms. Mar-Spinola has been a court appointed Mediator for the US District Court for the Northern District of California, specializing in patent disputes, since 2011. Since November 2014, Ms. Mar-Spinola has served on the Santa Clara Law, High Tech Law Institute's High Tech Advisory Board. Ms. Mar-Spinola received a B.A. in Chemistry from San Jose State University, and a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1987. Ms. Mar-Spinola is a member of the California State Bar and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Finjan has an active licensing program as well as a number of active patent infringement lawsuits against FireEye, BlueCoat, Proofpoint, Sophos, Symantec, and Palo Alto Networks relating to, collectively, more than 20 patents in the Finjan portfolio. The court dockets for the foregoing cases are publicly available on the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) website,, which is operated by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Founded in 1997, Finjan is recognized globally as a cybersecurity pioneer and leader. Finjan's investment in innovation is captured in its patent portfolio, centered around software and hardware technologies capable of proactively detecting previously unknown and emerging threats on a real-time, behavior-based basis. Finjan's software detects malicious code and protects end users from identity and data theft, spyware, malware, phishing, trojans, and other online threats. To date, Finjan has successfully licensed our intellectual property to major technology companies for more than $150 million. For more information about Finjan, please visit

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Except for historical information, the matters set forth herein that are forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the outcome of pending or future enforcement actions, our ability to expand our technology portfolio, the enforceability of our patents, the continued use of our technologies in the market, our stock price, changes in the trading market for our securities, regulatory developments, general economic and market conditions, the market acceptance and successful business, technical and economic implementation of Finjan Holdings' intended plan; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in our filings with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, and the Company's periodic filings with the SEC, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC's website at or upon request from Finjan Holdings, Inc. All forward-looking statements herein reflect our opinions only as of the date of this release, and Finjan Holdings undertakes no obligation, and expressly disclaims any obligation, to update forward-looking statements herein in light of new information or future events.