Megan M. Carpenter

Professor of Law; Co-Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP); Faculty Director, IP and Technology Law Clinic; Faculty Director, Entrepreneurship Law Clinic

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“Intellectual property is everywhere you look. And clients of the 21st century are both creators and consumers of this content.”

Get to Know Megan M. Carpenter

What drew you to the law?

Law provides the structural foundation on which our society is built and through which it operates. I grew up in an environment where I saw the influence of politics on the lives of people, in both negative and positive ways. It seemed to me that an understanding of legal principles was key if I wanted to influence change, to work for things that matter — to have a voice in realizing a vision. Law is the instrumentality of change.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I am incredibly passionate about what I do. I love the students, the energy of the classroom, the flow of ideas and the transformation of student to lawyer. And, as each semester draws to a close, I realize anew how fortunate I am to share a room with these bright minds for a time. I love the community that we build over the course of the semester, collectively engaged in intellectual exercise.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

My classes are a healthy mix of the theoretical and the practical. I want students to push the boundaries of their analytical thinking. But I also want them to be able to apply what they are learning to real-world situations. As Ben Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.”

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I practiced law in the intellectual property practice group of a top-20 law firm, helping corporate, multimedia, entertainment and technology clients strategize, protect and enforce their IP rights around the world.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

Art, music, cooking, children, natural health, hiking, writing and craft whiskeys.

What are your research interests?

My research focuses on intellectual property issues, often challenging the parameters of IP law vis-à-vis contemporary cultural norms and practices. I also focus a great deal of my work on assisting entrepreneurs and other underserved legal communities, including artists and musicians, with an understanding of IP concepts and strategies.

Publications

My publications are available on BePress SelectedWorks™.

Presentations

See CV.

Expertise

  • Intellectual property
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Arts
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology
  • Human rights

Courses

  • Intellectual Property
  • Trademark & Unfair Competition Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Advanced Topics in Intellectual Property
  • International Intellectual Property

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-present)
  • Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP)
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-present)
  • Faculty Director, CLIP Clinical Program
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-present)
  • Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan School of Law (2012-2013)
  • Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP)
    Texas Wesleyan School of Law (2009-2012)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2007-2012)
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law
    West Virginia University College of Law (2006-2007)
  • Adjunct Professor
    College of Engineering, West Virginia University (2006)
    West Virginia University College of Law (2005-2006)
  • Doctoral Fellow
    St. Thomas University (2004-2005)

Education

  • LL.M. in International Human Rights, National University of Ireland
    • First in class
  • J.D., West Virginia University College of Law
    • Executive Articles Editor, West Virginia Law Review
  • M.A. Foreign Languages, West Virginia University
  • B.A., Foreign Languages, West Virginia University

Awards / Honors

  • 2014-2015 Presidential Grand Challenges: Entrepreneurship, Texas A&M University
    Selected as one of three faculty members university-wide who exemplifies the Grand Challenge of Texas A&M University, “Building Entrepreneurship and Improving Economic Development.” Honored on Kyle Field during halftime football game. Learn more.
  • 2015 Entrepreneurial Fellow, Startup Aggieland
    Received grant to fund seven proposals to provide legal training to student entrepreneurs in issues related to intellectual property.
  • 2015 Best Workshop Award, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE)
    Awarded the honor of Best Workshop of the Conference for “Legal Issues for Artist-Entrepreneurs.”
  • 2013-2014 Judith Kuhn & Stephen R. Alton Service Award (Texas A&M Law Review)
    Selected as the faculty member who best exemplifies excellence and service.

Other Professional Activities

Current leadership positions:

  • Co-Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), Texas A&M School of Law
  • Vice Chair, Academic Committee, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Chair, Law & Entrepreneurship SIG, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Advisory Board, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
  • Executive Board, Art Law Section, American Association of Law Schools