Two Big Questions—Always New Answers

Matthew Hintz

©2020. Published in Landslide, Vol. 13, No. 1, September/October 2020, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

In the years that I have been a part of the extraordinary editorial board of Landslide® magazine, I have seen that we approach our work and goals for you, our readers, with questions. Two are overarching: What do you need to know? Who are the best people to tell you about it?

There are always fresh answers to these questions. As we see our profession evolving at a fast pace, our work is continuously fascinating and challenging. The magazine tackles legal and policy issues involving trademarks, patents, and copyrights, as well as right of publicity, trade secrets, privacy, and other areas in the spectrum of intellectual property law. We stay abreast of how popular culture and creative expression continue to change the game as we cover steady development and momentous changes that affect our laws and our society. To name just a few examples: statutory bars on registration of immoral, scandalous, and disparaging marks under section 2(a) of the Trademark Act have been struck; thresholds shift for patent-eligible subject matter; and creative works from 1924 finally entered the U.S. public domain in 2020. And we address all the issues so we can provide you with information and engaging content for you and your practice.

Each issue of the magazine is the product of the talented and dedicated volunteer members of the board and the staff—all who ask questions. I begin my term as editor-in-chief with special thanks to our team and to my predecessor, Janet Marvel. All of us tip our hats to the best and brightest authors in the profession who tell us that they are proud to contribute to our magazine.

The Landslide magazine team and I look forward to hearing from you—as we all learn and share knowledge about the changes and developments that affect the big umbrella of intellectual property law.