EAST PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 15, 2015) -   Finjan Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: FNJN), a cybersecurity licensing company, today announced that Julie Mar-Spinola, Chief Intellectual Property Officer, has been appointed to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Appointments to this prestigious committee are made by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

As a member of PPAC, Ms. Mar-Spinola will, along with other members of PPAC, review the policies, goals, performance and budget of the USPTO's patent operations and advise the agency's Director on these areas.

"I am truly honored to be a member of PPAC and to be able to serve our country through this role," Ms. Mar-Spinola said. "Patent issues are at the forefront of business and American life, and I am eager to assist the USPTO in ensuring that the nation's technological progress continues on an upward trajectory."

Ms. Mar-Spinola has deep experience and expertise in patent and intellectual property issues. As Chief Intellectual Property Officer of Finjan, Ms. Mar-Spinola is responsible for building the company's IP assets, product development, heading up its legal operations and overseeing its enforcement program and public policies, including patent reform.

"We are very proud of Julie's appointment and to see that she is getting the recognition from her peers that she so richly deserves," said Phil Hartstein, President and CEO of Finjan. "Finjan supports a robust U.S. patent system and is confident that Julie's strategic insights will help advance that system." 

Prior to joining Finjan, Ms. Mar-Spinola was general counsel for three technology companies and VP, Global Affairs for a semiconductor company. She is a certified mediator for the US District Court for the Northern District of California, specializing in patent disputes. She is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of ChIPs (www.chipslaw.org) -- a non-profit that supports, educates, and promotes the advancement of women in IP law, as well as a member of Santa Clara University School of Law's High Technology Advisory Board. Ms. Mar-Spinola was also named a Women Leader in Tech Law in 2014 and a Women Leader in Law in 2012 by The Recorder. Ms. Mar-Spinola also represents inventors on a pro bono basis and networks with other patent attorneys so that they also can do the same.

The Public Advisory Committees for the USPTO were created by statute in the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on the management of the patent and the trademark operations.

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 www.finjan.com.

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