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Meghan Nugent

About Meghan Nugent

Meghan Nugent is an associate with SpencePC. She has extensive experience assisting clients in both transactional and litigation matters of all natures. The focus of her practice is Intellectual Property. She also assists the firm’s clients in the prosecution and litigation of trademarks.

data privacy and protection

The “GD” GDPR: European Union Data Privacy and Protection Regime

The New Rules of Data Privacy and Protection You’ve probably heard the letters GDPR everywhere lately. “What do they mean and why do I have to care?” is probably your common response. This article seeks to provide you with an overview of the new data privacy and protection regime that will help you answer both […]


Oracle and Google

The Saga of Oracle and Google in Layman’s Terms (Hopefully)

An ongoing dispute between Oracle and Google has landed in both Federal Court and Northern District of California court. What will happen next? The Federal Circuit recently resurrected one of the most closely watched cases in recent software history: Oracle v. Google. The case between Oracle and Google is incredibly complicated, involving multiple trials, appellate decisions […]


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Communications (In)decency Acts? Section 230 Governs the Online World

Who’s in Charge of What We’re Doing Online? Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is a little-known statutory provision that is far more powerful and important than most casual internet users realize. Section 230, as its commonly known, is part of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, a law passed before the internet functioned […]


trademark act

And Down Goes Another Lanham Act Clause… The Trademark Act v. Good Taste?

The Federal Circuit just ruled that the “scandalous” clause of the Lanham Act is unconstitutional in view of the Supreme Court decision in Matal v. Tam. The Lanham Act is also known as the Trademark Act. Recapping The Slants’ Fight for Trademarkability in Matal v. Tam As a refresher, Matal v. Tam involved the Asian-American […]


Trademark Disparagement and the Slants

Trademark Disparagement? The Slants, The Redskins and the Supreme Court

Acceptable Trademark Disparagement… or Disparagement at all? People try to trademark all types of names, brands and slogans. The U.S. government, however, acts as the gatekeeper applying trademark law to decide whether or not those names or brands are worthy of protection or if they constitute trademark disparagement. One of the most newsworthy parts of […]


Patent Troll TC Heartland

The TC Heartland Decision: Big Loss for “Patent Trolls”

On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands. Now, it is much harder for “patent trolls” to file their cases in the Eastern District of Texas.What Are “Patent Trolls?” Why Marshall, TX?A patent troll is a derogatory term for a company that obtains the rights […]


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A Trademark Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Your business’ trademark is a valuable asset. Protecting that asset is a practice in which every business owner should invest—the security of your business, its intellectual property rights and its reputation are at stake.


Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property and the U.S. Constitution

Like most things, the so-called Intellectual Property clause isn’t as clear as we’d like. Experts often refer to this clause as the patent and copyright clause, because “science and useful arts” refer only to patented and copyrighted creations.


Intellectual Property Cybesecurity and Creativity

Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Creativity

Intellectual property and cybersecurity affect our lives more than most people are aware. Learning the basics of both provides a unique perspective on just how much both topics influence the world around us and help color the decisions we make — from business decisions to financial decisions to the use of technology in our personal lives. This column hopes to teach readers the basics of intellectual property and cybersecurity through real world examples.


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