is an Associate at Fennwick & West, LLP focusing his practice on a broad variety of litigation matters to support clients in the high technology and life sciences industries. During law school, Matthew served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, as a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and also worked as a legal intern at the Wikimedia Foundation.
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After a streak of six patent decisions uniformly overruling the Federal Circuit, and for the first time all term, the Supreme Court finally handed the Federal Circuit a win this week. In its landmark ruling in Matal v. Tam (formerly Lee v. Tam), the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the restriction on the registration of marks that “disparage” under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a). Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote unanimously for the eight justices in holding that Section 2(a)’s prohibition on disparaging registrations violates “a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.”