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About Megan M Carpenter

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 has become a flagship program of the law school. 

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.

Professor Carpenter has extensive experience in institution-building; her talent for driving initiatives from concept to execution has helped to establish successful programs both within the law school and the university 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.

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.

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

Professor Carpenter is Chair of the Academic Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA), the preeminent organization of trademark professionals, and Chair of the Law and Entrepreneurship SIG for USASBE. 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.


Present Faculty Director, Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, Texas A&M University School of Law
Present Faculty Director, IP and Technology Law Clinic, Texas A&M University School of Law
Present Co-Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP), Texas A&M University School of Law
Present Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law

Curriculum Vitae




  • Intellectual Property
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition
  • Copyright Law
  • Advanced IP Seminar
  • International Intellectual Property

Contact Information
1515 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102


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Pre-print Submissions (3)

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