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Megan M. Carpenter
Professor of Law
Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP)
Faculty Director, Entrepreneurship Law Clinic & IP and Technology Law Clinic

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Courses: Property I, II; Intellectual Property; Trademarks and Unfair Competition; Copyright Law; Advanced IP Seminar; International Intellectual Property

Professor Carpenter is a nationally known expert in intellectual property, with particular interests in entrepreneurship and the arts. She is founding Director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary at the law school.  

Professor Carpenter has extensive experience in institution-building; her talent for driving initiatives from concept to execution has helped establish successful programs both within CLIP and the law school generally. She has spearheaded the creation of innovative academic programs, including experiential learning initiatives, the Need-To-Know Workshop program, study abroad, regular conferences and symposia, certificate programs, and interdisciplinary projects with various colleges in the Texas A&M University System.

Professor Carpenter writes and publishes in the area of intellectual property and entrepreneurship. A book she edited, Evolving Economies: The Role of Law in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, was recently released in paperback. She has written multiple book chapters and published works in the Fordham Law Review, 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 also writes creatively; several of her creative works have been published in the Legal Studies Forum.

A hallmark of Professor Carpenter’s approach is the belief that learning best takes place at the intersection of theory, policy, and practice. She developed the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic and the IP and Technology Law Clinic, which support entrepreneurship and innovation in the community. Professor Carpenter serves as Faculty Director for both of these clinics.

Throughout her career, Professor Carpenter has engaged intellectual property law with underserved communities such as early-stage entrepreneurs and grassroots arts organizations.  

Professor Carpenter also serves as Vice-Chair of the Academic Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA), the preeminent organization of trademark professionals, where she currently oversees three project teams.

Previously, 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 intellectual property issues, including prosecution, licensing, management, and enforcement of intellectual property rights around the world.

Selected Publications

Megan Carpenter & Steven Hetcher, "Function Over Form: Bringing the Fixation Requirement Into the Modern Era," 82 Fordham L. Rev. 2221 (2014). [SSRN]

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies: The Role of Law, Edward Elgar Publishing (2012).

Drawing a Line in the Sand: When a Curator Becomes a Creator, in Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook, Thomson Reuters (West), (2012) (originally published in 13(3) Vanderbilt J. Entertainment & Tech. L. 463 (Spring 2011))

Intellectual Property: A Human (Not Corporate) Right, in Forgotten Rights, Forgotten Concepts, Edward Elgar Publishing (2012) [SSRN]

Megan Carpenter, "Drawing a Line in the Sand: Copyright Law and New Museums," 13 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 463 (2011). [SSRN]

Megan Carpenter & Kathryn Murphy, "Calling Bulls**t on the Lanham Act: The 2(a) Bar for Immoral, Scandalous, and Disparaging Marks," 49(4) Louisville L. Rev. 465 (Summer 2011). [SSRN]

"‘Will Work’: Exploring the Role of Intellectual Property in a Creative Economy," in Law, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (Shubha Ghosh & Robin Paul Malloy, eds, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011). 

Megan Carpenter, "Space Age Love Song: The Mix Tape in a Digital Universe," 11 Nev. L.J. 44 (2010). [SSRN]

"This Year of Not Writing, assorted poetry", in 34(2) Legal Studies Forum (2010).

Megan Carpenter, "Trademark and Human Rights: Oil and Water?  Or Chocolate and Peanut Butter?" 99 Trademark Reporter 892 (2009)  [SSRN]

Megan Carpenter, "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.  [SSRN]

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

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

Megan Carpenter, "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)  [SSRN]