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Intellectual property in Malta

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
The organization responsible for the protection of brands, industrial drawings and patents in Malta is the Industrial Property Registration Directorate.
Regional Organisations
Malta is member of the UCC (Universal Copyright Convention) since 1968.

Malta signed the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, as well as the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.


National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patents Act 2002
20 years
Trademarks Act, 2001
A trademark is granted for a period of ten years which is renewable.
Industrial Designs.
A design right is protected for a period of five years from the date of filling in the application and is renewable for one or more periods of five years up to a total term of 25 years.  
Copyright Act 2000


Protection lasts 70 years after the end of the year in which the author dies, irrespective of the date when the work is made available to the author. WIPO Copyright Treaty
Industrial Models
Industrial Designs.
20 years  

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