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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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IMPRA accredited as “representative collecting society”

October 14, 2015

It has come to my attention that the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has issued notice GN680 (GG39066-7-8-2015, dated 15 July 2015) in which it gives accreditation to the Independent Music Performance Rights Association (IMPRA) as a “representative collecting society” in terms of Regulation 3(1), (2) and (7) of the Regulations on Collecting Societies. […]

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