Megan Carpenter

Phone: (603) 513-5100
Office: UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH 03301
Megan Carpenter

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.

Megan Carpenter



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

Courses Taught

  • 905: Independent Study
  • 925: Policy Considerations Law
  • 938: IP Issues Faced by Today's Ind
  • 944: Fund of Intellectual Property
  • LIP 944: Fund of Intellectual Property

Selected Publications

Carpenter, M. (2016). Trademark Law Promotes Fair Competition, Not Morality. New York Times. Retrieved from

Carpenter, M. M. (2016). Contextual Healing: What to Do About Scandalous Trademarks and Lanham Act 2(a). Hastings Law Journal, 68, 1-44. Retrieved from

Carpenter, M. M. (2016). If It’s Broke, Fix It: Fixing Fixation. Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts: a quarterly journal of law and the arts, entertainment, communications and intellectual property, 39, 355-364. Retrieved from

Carpenter, M. M., & Garner, M. (2015). NSFW: An Empirical Study of Scandalous Trademarks. Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, 33, 321-365. Retrieved from

Carpenter, M. M., & Hetcher, S. A. (2014). Function Over Form: Bringing the Fixation Requirement into the Modern Era. Fordham Law Review, 82, 2221-2271.

Carpenter, M. (2012). Intellectual Property: A Human (Not Corporate) Right. In D. Keane, & Y. McDermott (Eds.), The Challenge of Human Rights Past, Present and Future (pp. 312). Edward Elgar Pub.

Various. (2012). Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies The Role of Law. M. M. Carpenter (Ed.), Edward Elgar Pub.

Carpenter, M. (2011). 'Will Work': the role of intellectual property in transitional economies -- from coal to content. In S. Ghosh, & R. P. Malloy (Eds.), Creativity, Law and Entrepreneurship (pp. 49-66). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Carpenter, M. M. (2011). Will Work’: The Role of Intellectual Property in Transitional Economies – From Coal to Content. Retrieved from

Carpenter, M. M., & Murphy, K. T. (2011). Calling Bulls**t on the Lanham Act: The 2(a) Bar for Immoral, Scandalous, and Disparaging Marks. University of Louisville Law Review, 49, 465-483.