Intellectual Property Review Malta

Dr. Maria Chetcuti Cauchi | 27 Jan 2017

Intellectual Property Review Malta

Chetcuti Cauchi authored the Malta Chapter of the Intellectual Property Review, 5th Edition. The Intellectual Property Review was published in the UK by Law Business Research Ltd in May 2016 by publisher Gideon Roberton.

The Intellectual Property Review

Our senior Partner Dr Maria Chetcuti Cauchi, an intellectual property specialist who heads the Intellectual Property and eGaming & Technology Practice groups of the firm, has prepared Malta’s chapter for this edition.

The Intellectual Property Review draws expertise from leading practitioners from different countries in order to create a comprehensive guide which outlines the various modes of protection available for Intellectual property (IP) under the legislative framework of each respective jurisdiction, as well as significant recent developments which took place in the sphere of IP law, a sphere which Robert L. Baechtold, the Editor of the review, referred to as ‘the lifeblood of all businesses’.

The Review is divided into five main sections which are further subdivided, thus offering a highly meticulous manual on all current IP legislation and issues.

Forms of Intellectual Property

The chapter begins by outlining the general background of IP Law in Malta and the various International conventions and agreements which Malta is a party to. Delving into the forms of IP which are available in Malta, Dr Chetcuti Cauchi outlines four main forms of IP; patents, designs, copyright and trademark.

Recent Developments

In the past years, Malta has seen a number of developments in the IP field. After a quick legislative background and historical analysis, Dr Chetcuti Cauchi outlines a number of developments.

The Industrial Property Registration Directive – confers regional or international protection, as well as national protection.

Intellectual Property Rights (Cross-Border Measures) Act – this act provides for the importation into Malta and the exportation and re-exportation from Malta, of goods in contravention of IP rights.

The Patents Tribunal – following a major revamp of the Patents and Designs Act, a Patents Tribunal was established which has the exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine claims relating to patent infringement and revocation and actions related thereto.

‘Making Malta an IP hub’ project – as the name implies, this project is aimed at tackling certain matters in order to explore Malta’s potential as a leading IP centre. The project, which is still ongoing, proposes the consolidation of Malta’s various IP laws into one code.

Obtaining Protection

In this section, Dr Chetcuti Cauchi explores what is patentable under Maltese IP laws and the requirements which one needs to be aware of, such as special disclosure and filing requirements. Moreover, this section outlines the duration of Malta’s patent protection and the duration of the grace period for renewal.


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