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Megan M. Carpenter
Professor of Law
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Courses: Property I, II; Intellectual Property; Trademarks and Unfair Competition; Copyright Law; Trademark Prosecution; Advanced IP Seminar; Fair Use; International Intellectual Property

Professor Megan M. Carpenter is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP). Before coming to the law school in 2007, she was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at West Virginia University College of Law and a Doctoral Fellow at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, Canada. Professor Carpenter practiced law at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, LLP (now K&L Gates), where she represented technology, multimedia, and sports and entertainment clients in a variety of trademark and copyright issues, including prosecution, licensing, and enforcement of intellectual property rights around the world.  

Professor Carpenter writes and publishes in the area of intellectual property and entrepreneurship.  She has published works in the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, Nevada Law Journal, Louisville Law Review, The Trademark Reporter, Creighton Law Review, and the Yale Journal of Human Rights and Development.  She has also published two book chapters and is currently editing a book on Evolving Economies: The Role of Law in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which will be published by Edward Elgar.  She also writes creatively; several of her creative works have been published in the Legal Studies Forum.

Throughout her career, Professor Carpenter has engaged intellectual property law with underserved communities, from beginning entrepreneurs to grassroots arts organizations. Professor Carpenter has developed an entrepreneurship clinic at the law school that enables students to work with small business incubator clients on intellectual property strategy and planning.  She has also developed a series of “Need to Know” workshops in conjunction with the Arts Council of Fort Worth in which students conduct community presentations on relevant intellectual property issues.  Over the past two years, demand for Need to Know workshops has expanded to surrounding communities in the north Texas area, from the Dallas Art Dealers’ Association to the Trinity Arts Guild. 

Professor Carpenter is also active in professional organizations such as the International Trademark Association, where she serves on the Academic Committee and the Professor Membership Project Team, and has been active in planning and developing programs for the recently created Academic Day at the INTA Annual Meeting. Professor Carpenter received an LL.M. degree from the National University of Ireland at Galway in 2003 where she was first in her class, and her J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law, where she was executive articles editor for the West Virginia Law Review, the fourth oldest law review in the United States. 

Selected Publications

"Trademark and Human Rights: Oil and Water?  Or Chocolate and Peanut Butter?" 99 Trademark Reporter 892 (2009). [Hein] [LexisNexis] [Westlaw]

"Bare Justice: A Feminist Reconceptualization of Justice and Its Potential Application to Crimes of Sexual Violence in Post-Genocide Rwanda," 41 Creighton Law Review 595 (2008). [Hein]

"Memoirs: River Rats," 32 Legal Studies Forum 673 (2008). [Hein] [LexisNexis]

"The Lexical Heart," 32 Legal Studies Forum 137 (2008). [Hein] [LexisNexis]

"Intellectual Property and Indigenous Peoples: Adapting Copyright Law to the Needs of a Global Community?," 7 Yale Journal of Human Rights & Development Legal Journal 51 (2004).  [Hein] [LexisNexis] [Westlaw]

"Preserving a Place for the Past in Our Future: A Survey of Historic Preservation Law in West Virginia," 100 West Virginia Law Review 423 (1997).[Hein] [LexisNexis] [Westlaw]

"Frequently Asked Legal Questions," North Central West Virginia Legal Aid Society, 2d. ed. (1997).