Letter from the Editor-in-Chief
Thomas A. Ward
Welcome to the fall edition of New Matter for 2014. The cover art of this edition features our Trademark Interest Group. Popular cell phone manufacturer litigation in the news recently argues the similarity of the cell phone designs, so we realize that not all the readers will recognize the phone. Interestingly the registration on the cover is marked as abandoned after an inter-partes decision in February of 2014. Perhaps the mark could have been moved from the principal register to the supplemental register. Maybe registration difficulties arose because the application was for a non-word mark. For an understanding of trademark issues such as why a trademark application would be abandoned or what is the difference between the principal and supplemental register, we recommend reading articles in New Matter as well as getting involved in the California Bar IP Section’s Trademark Interest Group. Upcoming New Matter issues will continue to have different feature artwork from our other interest groups, so we encourage everyone to keep reading.
This edition of New Matter includes eight feature articles that spread across the IP spectrum and cover recent Supreme Court cases. We would like to give a special note of thanks to the additional Article Editors who volunteered on short notice to help edit articles for this issue. With summer vacations eliminating some of our regular article editors, and additional article submissions, a great need for their support arose. If you are interested in assisting New Matter as an Article Editor in the future, please contact our Acquisitions Editor, Amanda Nye.