• Megan M. Carpenter is dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Dean Carpenter is an internationally known expert in intellectual property, with particular interests in entrepreneurship, branding, and the arts.

    Prior to joining UNH Law, Dean Carpenter was founder and co-director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law, where she also served as Professor of Law and Faculty Director of three intellectual property and entrepreneurship-related clinical programs.

    Dean Carpenter has extensive experience in institution-building; her talent for driving initiatives from concept to execution has helped to establish successful programs both within law schools and universities generally. She has spearheaded the creation of innovative academic programs, including experiential learning initiatives, joint degree programs, study abroad, regular conferences and symposia, certificate programs, and interdisciplinary programs with various colleges across university campuses. A hallmark of her leadership is a collaborative and student-centered approach.

    She writes and publishes in the area of intellectual property and innovation, including the book, Evolving Economies: The Role of Law in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She has written multiple book chapters and published works in the Hastings Law Journal, Fordham Law Review, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, and the Yale Journal of Human Rights and Development.

    Dean Carpenter believes that learning best takes place at the intersection of theory, policy, and practice. She has received multiple awards for her dedication to students, her skills in program development, and her service to the university and the community, including the Texas A&M University System Distinguished Faculty Award, the President’s Grand Challenge Award, the Judith Kuhn & Stephen R. Alton Service Award, and the United States Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Best Workshop Award. Throughout her career, Dean Carpenter has engaged intellectual property law with underserved communities such as early-stage entrepreneurs, musicians, and grassroots arts organizations.

    Dean Carpenter practiced law at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart (now K&L Gates), where she represented clients on a variety of intellectual property and technology-related issues.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2016 Trademark Law Promotes Fair Competition, Not MoralityThe New York times2016
    2016 Contextual Healing: What to Do About Scandalous Trademarks and Lanham Act 2(a)Hastings Law Journal.  68:1-44. 2016
    2016 If It’s Broke, Fix It: Fixing FixationColumbia Journal of Law and the Arts.  39:355-364. 2016
    2015 NSFW: An Empirical Study of Scandalous TrademarksCardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal.  33:321-365. 2015
    2014 Function Over Form: Bringing the Fixation Requirement into the Modern EraFordham Law Review.  82:2221-2271. 2014
    2011 Calling Bulls**t on the Lanham Act: The 2(a) Bar for Immoral, Scandalous, and Disparaging MarksBrandeis law journal.  49:465-483. 2011
    2011 Drawing a Line in the Sand: When a Curator Becomes a CreatorVanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law.  13:463-505. 2011
    2011 Will Work’: The Role of Intellectual Property in Transitional Economies – From Coal to Content 2011
    2010 Space Age Love Song: The Mix Tape in a Digital UniverseNevada Law Journal.  11:44-81. 2010
    2009 Trademarks and Human Rights: Oil and Water? Or Chocolate and Peanut Butter?Trademark Reporter.  99:892-930. 2009
    2008 Bare Justice: A Feminist Theory of Justice and Its Potential Application to Crimes of Sexual Violence in Post-Genocide RwandaCreighton law review.  41:595-661. 2008
    2008 River RatsLegal Studies Forum: an interdisciplinary journal.  32:673-681. 2008
    2008 The Lexical Heart: A DictionaryLegal Studies Forum: an interdisciplinary journal.  32:137-152. 2008
    2004 Intellectual Property and Indigenous Peoples: Adapting Copyright Law to the Needs of a Global CommunityYale Human Rights and Development Law Journal.  7:51-78. 2004
    1997 Preserving a Place for the Past in Our Future: A Survey of Historic Preservation in West VirginiaWest Virginia Law Review.  100:423-466. 1997


    Year Title
    2012 Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies The Role of Law.  Ed. Carpenter, Megan.  2012


    Year Title
    2012 Intellectual Property: A Human (Not Corporate) Right.  312-312. 2012
    2011 'Will Work': the role of intellectual property in transitional economies -- from coal to content.  49-66. 2011

    Teaching Activities

  • Independent Study Taught course 2022
  • IP Issues Faced by Today's Ind Taught course 2022
  • Fund of Intellectual Property Taught course 2021
  • Policy Considerations Law Taught course 2021
  • Fund of Intellectual Property Taught course 2020
  • Fund of Intellectual Property Taught course 2019
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Foreign Languages, West Virginia University
  • Certificate, Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo
  • J.D., West Virginia University
  • LL.M. International Human Rights, National University of Ireland
  • M.A. Foreign Languages, West Virginia University
  • Full Name

  • Megan Carpenter