Meaghan H. Kent

Partner
Kent Meaghan

Meaghan Kent focuses on intellectual property law, including copyrights, trademarks, right of publicity, and patents. She is particularly experienced in copyright law, including development of copyright portfolios, enforcement strategies, licensing, clearance, fair use analysis, and litigation. Meaghan regularly counsels on trademark and brand protection, developing efficient enforcement strategies to monitor and abate online infringement, and litigating trademark and trade dress disputes in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Meaghan is a registered patent attorney, and has litigated cases through trial and before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the International Trade Commission (ITC).

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 on enforcement, anti-piracy, and anti-counterfeiting. She is proud to advise the Toy Industry Association, the Art Copyright Coalition, and their members on such matters.

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
  • 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

Clerk Experience

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

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 third 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 for American University Law School’s art law course
  • Founding member, DC/MD/VA Chapter of Women in Toys

Recognition
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  • Included in Washington DC Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition, Intellectual Property, 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, and is active with the organization’s alumni group in Washington, DC