Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2005
    Articles Editor, Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal
  • B.S., Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of California at Los Angeles, 2002

Judicial Clerkships

  • Honorable Paul R. Haerle, California Court of Appeal
  • Honorable Edward M. Chen, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Memberships

  • Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

    Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment

    American Bar Association

    American Intellectual Property Law Association

    District of Columbia Bar (Intellectual Property Section)
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Meaghan H. Kent

Partner

Meaghan Kent is an experienced intellectual property attorney. She works with her clients to develop their intellectual property portfolios from a practical, business-minded perspective, and to license, enforce, and litigate intellectual property efficiently and productively. In particular, she focuses on working with toy and game and related entertainment companies, innovative consumer product companies, and art publishers.

Meaghan is particularly knowledgeable and skilled in copyright law, including development of copyright portfolios, registration, enforcement strategies, licensing, clearance, fair use analysis, and litigation. She began her career defending real estate developers who were accused of copyright infringement of architectural plans and over the years has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in copyright litigation all over the country. She co-authored An Associate's Guide to the Practice of Copyright Law, first published by Oxford University Press in 2009, and now in its third edition, published by LexisNexis.

Meaghan also regularly counsels on trademark and brand protection and litigates trademark and trade dress disputes in both federal court litigation and cancellation and opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She has particular experience in resolving online disputes over trademark and copyright, including online counterfeiting; cyberpiracy and domain name matters (ACPA, UDRP, URS); keyword advertising, meta tagging, and click fraud matters; Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take-downs and counter-notifications; and publicity matters involving social media. She works with clients to develop efficient enforcement strategies to effectively monitor and abate online infringement and is proud to advise the Art Copyright Coalition and the Toy Association on such matters.

Meaghan is also a Registered Patent Attorney, admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She has litigated patent cases through trial and to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as before the International Trade Commission (ITC).

Teaching

Meaghan has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School since 2010, where she has taught Legal Writing and Intellectual Property Litigation Legal Drafting, and has advised students on the AIPLA law journal. She is also a guest lecturer on Copyright Litigation for American University Law School's Art Law course.

Activities

Meaghan enjoys serving clients pro bono, including advising clients through Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) regarding copyright and other intellectual property disputes.

She serves on the Board of Advisors for the National Kidney Foundation, which is dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease. She also serves on the UC Hastings Board of Governors and is active with the UC Hastings Alumni group in Washington, DC.

Meaghan was a founding member of the DC/VA/MD Chapter of Women in Toys and enjoys advising local toy companies.