April 2, 2012 by Mabel Kyei
In view of the recent Federal Court Order, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) will now accept applications for sound marks. This groundbreaking decision arises in recognition of the nearly nineteen year legal conflict with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) whom, after an appeal of a CIPO decision in 2010, have now acquired the right to trade-mark the sound of a lion’s roar that appears at the beginning of their movies. The company has sought to register this trade-mark in Canada since 1992. The extent to which sounds can be registered does not include longer musical recordings, such as songs, given that longer recordings are protected by copyright.