Intellectual Property Law

New Matter SPRING 2023, VOLUME 48, EDITION 1


Thomas A. Ward

Holland Law, LLP

Welcome to the spring edition of New Matter for 2023. The cover of this edition hopefully brings joy and memories to our readers of the late Eddie Van Halen. Several stars hold patents that relate to their persona. Even non rock stars can be creative and generate IP subject matter, like Eddie’s patent attorney whose patent drawings for Eddie were very creative, but unfortunately are not copyrightable since patent drawings are government publications. The patent shows Van Halen’s creativity not only as a guitar virtuoso, but also as a guitar accessory designer.

The overlap of IP subject matter, including drawings, music and patentable subject matter is shown with this cover art. Our feature article in this issue by Alexandra Darraby discusses the copyright case now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court that will affect different areas of IP, such as art and music, that are copyrightable subject matter. We have also taken the liberty of reprinting Alexandra Darraby’s article from 2021 to refresh your memory of the background of the case along with her update for this New Matter edition.

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