Vanessa Hew concentrates her practice in the area of intellectual property litigation. Ms. Hew has handled complex litigation for Fortune 500 and other leading companies involving a broad range of claims, including copyright infringement, trademark and trade dress infringement, trademark dilution, counterfeiting, false advertising, misappropriation of trade secrets and federal and common law unfair competition.
She has extensive experience counseling and representing clients in intellectual property disputes relating to the personal care, food, restaurant, computer and technology, fashion and music industries.
Ms. Hew also has extensive experience representing and counseling clients in various matters involving media and entertainment law. Ms. Hew has represented clients in numerous entertainment and media related transactions, such as software licensing, brand integration agreements, joint marketing agreements, celebrity spokesperson agreements, sponsorship agreements, television, film and webisode production agreements, publishing agreements, and music licensing agreements.
Ms. Hew has also counseled clients on broad range of issues related to media and entertainment law, including music licensing issues, podcasting and webcasting issues, rights of publicity and privacy issues, and issues related to copyright and trademark law. Ms. Hew has also conducted legal reviews and/or clearances of various internet websites, television shows, commercials, and print advertisements.
- Obtained dismissal on behalf of Conopco, Inc. d/b/a Unilever of all claims brought by manufacturer and supplier American Accessories International, LLC, which had alleged breach of contract, promissory estoppel, promissory fraud, negligent misrepresentation and fraudulent concealment.
- Obtained partial summary judgment in trademark infringement and dilution case pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of Kwik Lok Corporation and successfully opposed Schutte Bagclosures Inc.’s motion for summary judgment and dismissal of counterclaims in its entirety.
- Obtained partial summary judgment in Digital Millennium Copyright Act case, holding that cloud storage of music files does not constitute copyright infringement and that the DMCA applies to pre-1972 works — both cases of first impression and of enormous impact for the music industry.
- Successfully opposed motion for a preliminary injunction on the grounds that plaintiff’s alleged trademark and trade dress were descriptive and generic.
- Obtained dismissal of complaint of all counts on behalf of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in case alleging various claims of copyright infringement, false advertising, and breach of contract claims.
- Representing plaintiff Conopco, Inc. in ongoing litigation alleging claims of trademark infringement, unfair competition, and counterfeiting in connection with the unauthorized sale of gray market personal care products.
- Represented plaintiff Anthropologie, Inc. in copyright infringement case against Forever 21 regarding dress designs and obtained sanctions against defendant’s principals.
- Represented defendants Consist Software Solutions, Inc. in international copyright, trademark and false advertising action regarding various international software products with multiple parallel actions in other countries.
- Represented Urban Outfitters in trademark infringement and dilution case regarding defendant use of trade name Hype Outfitters in connection with clothing stores.
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