According to the Maltese legislation on intellectual property, a trademark represents a graphic sign that is used to distinguish the goods or services provided by a company from goods or services offered by other companies. Trademarks in Malta can be made of letters, numbers, words, colors, signs or any combination between these.
The trademark is used for marketing purposes by companies and that is why our law firm in Malta can help clients with the trademark registration procedure.
Trademark registration in Malta consists in filing all the required documentation with the comptroller. The documents to be submitted are:
Once the documents are verified and there are no reasons for refusal, the Comptroller of Industrial Property will publish the registration and the applicant will receive a registration certificate. A trademark has ten-year validity and it can be renewed every ten years.
Clients are advised to consider that, according to the Trademarks Act, multi-class application for trademark registration is not allowed in Malta, therefore distinct applications must be submitted for each class of goods and services.
Our Maltese lawyers can assist clients with the trademark registration procedures through a power of attorney.
Companies or individuals applying for trademark registration in Malta must pay attention to the following reasons the registration can be denied:
Trademark registration can also be denied if the sign employed contravenes public morality or if it is defamatory. Article 5 in the Trademarks Act also provides for several signs and characteristics prohibited from being used when registering a trademark in Malta.
A registered trademark offers exclusivity to its owner. According to the Maltese laws, registered trademark infringement happens if a similar or identical sign is used to represent similar goods or services, or if a similar or identical sign to the registered trademark is used to represent other goods or services and its use causes damage to the renowned Maltese trademark.
You can contact our Maltese law firm for any questions regarding trademark registration.