Meaghan H. Kent

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Kent Meaghan

Meaghan Kent is an experienced intellectual property litigator and an efficient and practical counselor, advising clients on copyrights, trademarks, patents, right of publicity, domain names, and other online disputes. Meaghan co-leads the Copyright and Trademark Litigation practice and Venable's cross-division Copyright Law team. She counsels clients on the development and protection of intellectual property portfolios, including registration, licensing, clearance, fair use analysis and establishing efficient enforcement strategies to monitor and abate online infringement. Meaghan litigates copyright, patent, trademark, and trade dress disputes in federal court, including bench and jury trials, and through appeal. She has experience representing clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), International Trade Commission (ITC), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and National Arbitration Forum. Meaghan is also a registered patent attorney, using that credential and background in litigation and counseling.

Meaghan began her career defending real estate developers accused of copyright infringement of architectural plans. Over the years, she has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation across the country. She often works with toy, game, and related entertainment and media companies, innovative consumer product companies, software companies, and art publishers. She is proud to advise the Toy Association, the Automotive Anti-Counterfeiting Council (A2C2), the Art Copyright Coalition, and their respective members on anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting policy and strategy.

Her experience in resolving online disputes includes cyberpiracy and domain name matters (ACPA, UDRP, URS); keyword advertising, meta tagging, and click fraud matters; Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedowns and counter-notifications; and publicity matters involving social media.

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. cum laude University of California, Hastings College of the Law 2005
    • Articles editor, Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal
    • Judicial intern, Honorable Paul R. Haerle, California Court of Appeal
    • Judicial intern, Honorable Edward M. Chen, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • B.S. Microbiology and Molecular Genetics University of California at Los Angeles 2002

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

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar, Intellectual Property Section
  • Co-authored An Associate’s Guide to the Practice of Copyright Law – first published by Oxford University Press in 2009, and now in its fourth edition, published by LexisNexis 
  • Adjunct professor of law, George Washington University Law School – where she has taught legal writing and intellectual property litigation legal drafting, and advised students on the AIPLA law journal
  • Guest lecturer on copyright litigation, American University Law School’s art law course
  • Founding member, DC/MD/VA Chapter of Women in Toys

Recognition
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  • Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Intellectual Property, Washington, DC, 2014 – 2015

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Advises pro bono clients through Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts regarding copyright and other intellectual property disputes

Volunteerism

  • Member, Board of Advisors, National Kidney Foundation

Personal Activities

  • Member, Board of Governors, University of California–Hastings, 2015 - 2018 – active with the organization’s alumni group in Washington, DC