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One important thing to think of when adopting a company/trading/domain name

September 5, 2018

Recently, I had a client come in and he had received a letter of demand from a totally unrelated company (“claimant”) (represented by a large law firm in Sandton), which was claiming trade mark infringement, passing off, abusive domain name registration, unlawful company registration against his company name and domain names, which wholly incorporated the […]

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Third Man Records will be opening modern vinyl pressing plant

January 23, 2017

In an article written by Daniel Adrian Sanchez for Digital Music News (http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/01/20/jack-white-third-man-records-vinyl-press/), it appears that indeed vinyl is making a huge comeback; at least Jack White, formally of the White Stripes, is betting on. The Vinyl industry has seen 2017 sales hit US$800-900 million – not bad for what was a dying medium not […]

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Finally, we can all eat of the “Happy birthday” cake

December 11, 2015

You may recall my article on the “Happy Birthday” song and its related law suit in the United States: http://www.rmtucker.co.za/happy-birthday-to-all-of-us-rights-in-happy-birthday-song-decided-in-the-usa/ It appears that as of 9 December 2015 (or there abouts), the law suit seems to have been settled. The settlement may have been prompted by the judgment I refer to in my article above, wherein […]

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Recent Practice note update regarding logo and non-traditional marks

December 11, 2015

Just to let trade mark applicants know, the Trade Marks Office has, in a recent Practice Note, issued a restriction on the size of files (bytes) that may be lodged in support of logo/device/shape/non-traditional etc trade mark applications. Additionally, the e-filing system will only accept 1 page to support the application. That means that for […]

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