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Erin S. Hennessy

Hennessy, Erin S.

Partner

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Erin Hennessy is an intellectual property partner in Bracewell & Giuliani's Technology Group. Her practice focuses on trademark law, copyright law, and internet and social media issues with an emphasis on the media and telecommunications industries. Having served as a former chief trademark counsel in-house, she brings an innate business sense and first-hand insights to her practice.

During her career, Erin has handled worldwide trademark matters including trademark counseling, clearance, registration, protection and enforcement; domain name and internet issues; litigation, licensing and transactional work. She has worked on various policy issues such as the imminent launch of the new gTLDs, trademark dilution, domain name tasting, cyber-squatting, keyword advertising and spyware. She has served as lead trademark counsel on major corporate transactions such as the $9.6 billion spin-off of Time Warner Cable from Time Warner Inc. and the $2.6 billion divestiture of Warner Music Group.

Prior to joining Bracewell, she was a partner at K&L Gates LLP in Seattle and is also the former Assistant General Counsel and Chief Trademark Counsel for Time Warner Inc.

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Erin sits on the firm's Partner Inclusion committee, Women's Initiative committee and Associate Evaluation committee. She frequently speaks and publishes on topics such as the new gTLDs, trademarks in social media, and trademark prosecution best practices.

Publications and Speeches

"Fantastic .Voyage: The Launch of First 9 New gTLDs," IP Today, December, 2013

"How To P.O.L.I.C.E. Your Brand During 2014 GTLDS Launch," Law360, December 13, 2013

"Checking in on the New gTLD Objection Processes," Intellectual Property Strategist, December 1, 2013

Moderator, "Forward March! Trademarks in the Military," INTA Leadership Meeting, Miami November 2013

Speaker, "Managing Your In-House Portfolio: Top 10 Tips for thee In-House Counsel," Association of Corporate Counsel, Austin, October 2013

"Appeals by the Numbers: Do the TTAB's Standards of Proof for Reviewing 'Close' Cases Matter?," Law360, October 1, 2013

"Q&A on USPTO's draft guide for new top-level domain names," Thomson Reuters, September 27, 2013

"Inside Oprah Winfrey's Battle for 'Power,'" The Wrap, July 17, 2013

"TMs & Cloud Issues," World Trademark Review, March 1, 2013

"A Red-Leather Day: Giving Single Color Trademarks In The Fashion Industry A Little Sole," IP Litigator, February 2013

"Babes in Toyland: Video Games for ‘Children’ of All Ages," 2012 International Trademark Association Leadership Meeting, November 2012

"Linsanity, Blue Ivy Carter, and Pretzel Crisps: What Brand Owners Can Learn From the Pages of The New York Times, Facebook, and Twitter," Intellectual Property Owners Association 40th Annual Meeting, September, 2012

"'Big Reveal' Roundup: 8 Tips for Reviewing The New gTLDs," Law360, June 2012

Moderator, "Navigating Diversity Issues in the Legal Profession," Seattle, May 2012

“Trademark Current Developments: Domain Names, Disputes and Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLD),” 25th Annual Technology Law Conference, May 2012

“ICANN’s New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program – Should your Company Apply?” Law Seminars International, March 2012

"Internet 2.0:  Jurisdictional Risks in Today's Cyber World," IP Strategist, March 2012

“We Have Lift-Off! What's Next for .XXX in a Post-Launch World?,” Intellectual Property Today, February 2012

“.XXX General Availability Period:  A Green Light to Block Red Light Domain Names,” Intellectual Property Strategist, January 2012

“.XXX Domain Name Launches; Sunrise Period for Trademark Owners and Adult Industry Members Continues until October 28, 2011,” Bloomberg Law Reports, Technology Law, November 2011

"Trademark Law Update," Houston Intellectual Property Law Association 27th Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law, October 2011

"ICANN's New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program," Law Seminars International, August 2011

"Customs and Border Protection Trademark Letter Rulings: A Valuable and Underused Tool?" The Intellectual Property Strategist, June 2011

"Trademark Prosecution Best Practices," American Bar Association 26th Annual Intellectual Property Conference, Arlington, VA, April 2011

"Special IP Issues for Social Media Applications in the Wireless Space," LSI Advanced Conference on New Developments in Wireless Telecommunications, November 2010

"A Long Voyage from the Runway to the Beltway, S. 3728 Paves a New Road to Combat Fashion Design Piracy," Intellectual Property Strategist, Volume 16, Number 12, September 2010 (co-authored)

"The Most Important Trademark Presentation of Your Career," ABA 25th Annual Intellectual Property Conference, April 2010

Moderator, "Internet Search Engines – Metatags and Initial Interest Confusion," INTA Table Topics, INTA Conference, May 2009

Moderator, "Metrics: How to Show the Value of Your Trademark Group to Your Company," INTA Table Topics, INTA Conference, May 2008

Speaker, "U.S. Study Tour for Middle Eastern Judges and Prosecutors," USPTO Global Intellectual Property Academy, April 2008

Speaker, INTA/USPTO Industry Training on the Entertainment Industry, USPTO, April 2008

Speaker, "From the Inside Out: Managing Your Company’s Licensing Program," INTA In-House Trademark Counsel’s Workshop, February 2008

Speaker, "Young Consumers and How They Meet the Brands," 21st Annual MARQUES Conference, September 2007

Speaker/Moderator, "Building a Brand from the Ground Up: The Real Simple Franchise," Business of Brands Forum, INTA, September 2007

Speaker, "U.S. Study Tour for Vietnamese Judges and Prosecutors," USPTO Global Intellectual Property Academy, May 2007

Education

J.D., Widener University Law School, 1996
B.A., Miami University, 1992

Bar Admissions

New York
Washington

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Affiliations

International Trademark Association
    Program Committee for 2013 Leadership Meeting (2012-present)
    Emerging Issues Committee (2012-present)
    Program Committee for 2012 Leadership Meeting (2011-2012)
    New gTLD Subcommittee of the Internet Committee (2010-2012)
    Board of Directors (2008-2011)
Women in Technology International (2011-present)
American Bar Association Trademark Litigation Committee, Vice Chair (2009-2011)
Intellectual Property Owners Association
    Vice Chair, Trademark Law Committee (2011-2013)
    Member, Trademark Law Committee (2009-2010)
The Intellectual Property Strategist, Board of Editors (2007-present)
Military Spouse JD Network

Noteworthy

Chambers & Partners, Chambers USA, Intellectual Property, 2014
Legalease, The Legal 500 United States, Intellectual Property (IP): Non-Contentious (full coverage), 2014
Recipient of the Professional Excellence Award from the Military Spouse J.D. Network (MSJDN), 2013
Recipient of the Commander’s Award for Public Service, Department of the Army, 2011
Recipient of the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, Department of the Army, 2010
Recipient of the Order of St. Joan D’Arc, US Armor Association, 2010
Recipient of Time Warner Annual Andrew Heiskell Community Service Award, 2005
World Trademark Review 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals 2013
Military Spouse JD Network liaison to ABA Commission on Women in the Profession