Malta’s Legal Framework Relating to Intellectual Property (IP)
Registering your Intellectual Property (IP) is neccessary to protect your ideas, inventions and creations. However, it gives peace of mind to know that registering your IP in Malta is protected not only within Malta, but also within Europe and Internationally. Find below the legal framework currently in force.
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1969 – Malta ratified the Universal Copyright Convention
1977 – Malta joined the World Intellectual Property Organisation
1994 – Malta became a founder member of the World Trade Organisation, binding Malta by the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
- Patent and Designs Act (Cap 417)
- Subsidiary legislation 417.02 & 417.03 on supplementary protection certificates in respect of pharmaceutical products and plant protection products.
- In 2008, Malta agreed to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the European Patent Office protect patents on an international and regional basis.
- Copyright Act (Cap 415)
- Subsidiary legislation 415.01 on Control for the Establishment and Operations of Societies for the Collective Administration of Copyright
- Subsidiary legislation 415.02 on Revival of Rights and Neighbouring Rights and the Exhaustion of Distribution Rights
- Subsidiary legislation 415.03 on Artists’ Resale Rights
- In 2009, Malta agreed to the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty.