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November 27, 2015

Get out your 80s leather for this one – Presidential candidate in hot water for copyright infringement of 80s megahit

We all know one of the most famous songs of the 80s, ‘Eye of the Tiger’, by Boston. The owners of copyright in this track, Rude […]
November 5, 2015

Cubed cameras and design rights – Seeing through the Go Pro/Polaroid lens

On Tuesday, 3 November 2015, Polaroid’s manufacturing company, C & A Marketing filed papers against GoPro in a law suit covering a design patent that it […]
October 14, 2015

Happy birthday to all of us!: rights in “Happy Birthday” song decided in the USA

Happy birthday to all of us! It was my birthday on 14 September and along with my usual gifts, I was awaiting a USA judgment on […]
October 14, 2015

Creator of the song “Santa Claus is comin’ to town”‘s heirs win historic victory

While we all “sort of” wind down for the December holidays, the Christmas songs that fill those who love them with so much cheer, will be […]
October 14, 2015

IMPRA accredited as “representative collecting society”

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 […]
September 28, 2015

Patents: Affirmation that lack of novelty need not be counterclaimed in order to be used

In a recent judgment by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Strix Limited v Nu-World Industries (20453/2014) [2015] ZASCA 126 (22 September 2015) 1 very […]
July 21, 2015

Variation of agreements by email – no Spring in the court’s step

INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND Forum 1 and 2 Panorama Office Estate (Pty) Ltd v Indigold Cellular CC and Others (72355/09) 2015 ZAGGP (10 July 2015) dealt with, […]
May 3, 2015

Trade Marks – the certificate doesn’t signify the end of the process

So, you’ve filed your trade mark application; the Registrar has examined and approved your trade mark; you’ve advertised your trade mark and within the three-month window […]