Meaghan Kent is an experienced intellectual property (IP) litigator and counselor. She frequently advises media, consumer product, and software companies, among others, on IP protection, risks, and claims. She counsels clients on the development and protection of IP portfolios, including copyright registration, licensing, clearance, fair use analysis, and establishing efficient enforcement strategies to monitor and abate online infringement. Meaghan has a particular focus on issues unique to online content providers, including Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Communications Decency Act legal immunities for user-generated content and liability arising from linking, sharing, distributing, embedding, moderating, and aggregating content.
Meaghan concentrates her litigation practice on copyright, trademark, right of publicity, and related disputes in federal court, and has comprehensive litigation experience, including bench and jury trials and appeals. She also has experience representing clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, International Trade Commission, World Intellectual Property Organization, and National Arbitration Forum.
Meaghan’s experience in resolving online disputes includes cyberpiracy and domain name matters; keyword advertising, meta tagging, and click fraud matters; publicity matters involving social media; and large-scale brand enforcement and protection.
As a co-leader of the IP Consumer and Manufactured Products Working Group, Meaghan often advises toy, entertainment, and media companies, consumer product companies, software companies, and art publishers. Meaghan keeps client needs top of mind, staying current on changes in their industries so she can best tailor advice to help them achieve their business goals.
Meaghan is the author of the legal practice guide, An Associate’s Guide to the Practice of Copyright Law, first published by Oxford University Press in 2009, and now updated annually by LexisNexis. She is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School, where she has taught legal writing and IP litigation legal drafting and has advised students on the AIPLA Quarterly Journal. She is also a guest lecturer on copyright litigation for an art law course at American University Law School.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Meaghan was co-chair of the IP litigation–advertising, brand, and copyright group at another global law firm.
Mattel Inc. v. Rap Snacks Inc. (C.D. Cal.) (trademark litigation on behalf of plaintiff)
Volkswagen Group of America Inc. v. Smartcar (N.D. Cal.) (on behalf of plaintiff)
Spurlock et al. v. Adobe, et al. (S.D.N.Y.) (copyright litigation on behalf of defendant)
Korsen v. Volkswagen Group of America Inc., Marvel Entertainment LLC (C.D. Cal.) (copyright litigation on behalf of defendants)
Under Armour v. Battle Fashions Inc. (E.D.N.C.) (trademark litigation on behalf of declaratory judgment plaintiff)
Niro Services v. American Bar Association, AARP (N.D. Ill.) (trademark litigation on behalf of defendants)
Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund Inc. v. Defcad Inc., et al. (S.D.N.Y.) (trademark litigation on behalf of plaintiff)
Gelsinger Licensing, et al. v. Regency International Business Corp. (S.D.N.Y.) (copyright litigation on behalf of plaintiff)
The Ernie Barnes Family Trust v. Zekun (C.D. Cal.) (copyright litigation on behalf of plaintiff)
The Ernie Barnes Family Trust v. Pagunsan, et al. (C.D. Cal.) (copyright litigation on behalf of plaintiff)
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2005, J.D., cum laude; articles editor, Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal
University of California, Los Angeles, 2002, B.S., Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
District of Columbia
US Patent and Trademark Office
US Supreme Court
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
US District Court for the District of Columbia
US District Court for the Middle District of Florida
US District Court for the Northern District of Florida
US District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Judicial intern to Judge Paul R. Haerle of the California Court of Appeal
Judicial intern to Judge Edward M. Chen of the US District Court for the Northern District of California
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Intellectual Property: Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters), The Legal 500 US (2023)
International Trademark Association, Legislation and Regulation Committee (2022–2025); Anticounterfeiting Committee (2020–2022)
Member, Copyright Society of the USA
Member, American Bar Association
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, District of Columbia Bar, Intellectual Property Section
Founding member, DC/MD/VA Chapter of Women in Toys
Rising Star, Intellectual Property, Washington, DC, Super Lawyers (2014–2015)