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Erin S. Hennessy
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Erin Hennessy is a partner in Bracewell's Technology Group and is the head of the firm’s Trademark and Copyright practice. Her practice focuses on trademark law, copyright law, and internet and social media issues spanning many industries including media, publishing, technology, retail, fashion, and financial services. Having served as a former chief trademark counsel in-house, she brings an innate business sense and first-hand insights to her practice.

Erin counsels clients on all aspects of IP with a particular emphasis on supporting legal, business and marketing teams with branding issues facing their businesses. She handles 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 launch of the new gTLDs, trademark dilution, domain name tasting, and cyber-squatting. 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.

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

"Keep Quiet and Carry On under the EU Trade Secrets Directive," IP Magazine, September 2016.

"Brand Owners Can Make Trademark Tacking Stick," Law 360, January 2015. 

"The Kirtsaeng Decision – Keep Calm and Copyright On," Westlaw Journal, December 2014

".bank And Other Domain Names to Open For Financial Institutions...And Others," IP Today, December 2014

"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 the 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


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

Bar Admissions

New York
District of Columbia

Court Admissions

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


International Trademark Association
            Emerging Issues Committee (2012-present)    
            Program Committee for 2013 Leadership Meeting (2012-2013)
            Program Committee for 2012 Leadership Meeting (2011-2012)
            New gTLD Subcommittee of the Internet Committee (2010-2012)
            Board of Directors (2008-2011)
Intellectual Property Owners Association
            Vice Chair, Trademark Law Committee (2011-present)
            Annual Meeting Planning Committee (2014)
            Member, Trademark Law Committee (2009-2010)
Military Spouse JD Network
            Board Member (2014-present)
            MSJDN’s liaison to ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
            Women in the Legal Profession Committee (2014-present)
Women in Technology International (2011-present)
American Bar Association 
            Trademark Litigation Committee, Vice Chair (2009-2011)
The Intellectual Property Strategist, Board of Editors (2007-present)


Chambers & Partners, Chambers USA, Intellectual Property, 2014-2016
Legalease, The Legal 500 United States, Intellectual Property - Trademarks: Non-Contentious (full coverage), 2014-2016
Woodward/White, Inc., Best Lawyers, Trademark Law, 2016-2017
Professional Excellence Award from the Military Spouse J.D. Network (MSJDN), 2013
Globe Business Publishing, World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark ProfessionalsTrademark (Washington), 2013, 2016-2017; Trademark: Prosecution and Strategy (New York), 2017
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, Managing Intellectual Property, Trademark IP Star (Washington), 2016
Commander’s Award for Public Service, Department of the Army, 2011 and 2016
Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, Department of the Army, 2010
Order of St. Joan D’Arc, US Armor Association, 2010
Time Warner Annual Andrew Heiskell Community Service Award, 2005
Military Spouse JD Network liaison to ABA Commission on Women in the Profession