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Intellectual Property

Intellectual property (IP) has become increasingly important with Malta’s shift to a knowledge based economy. Both locally and on a European Union level, strides have been taken to safeguard the creative industry, particularly in IT, and help entrepreneurs proliferate their proprietary inventions.

The web of legislative measures providing for exploiting and enforcing IP rights has grown into a leading contributor to the firm’s vast experience, dealing with Copyrights, Trademarks, Databases and tax efficient structures for IP rights.

The IP practice at GVTH has, consistently, been rated amongst Malta’s strongest. The team works on all matters of IP related work, which includes the creation, registration and protection of trademarks, designs and patents, and the prosecution of actions for infringements, as well as issues relating to copyright, with a focus on the film industry, licensing and franchising.

The firm also advises on IP tax planning, and is heavily involved in anti-counterfeiting measures, particularly following Malta’s accession to the EU and its implementation of the relative legislation providing brand owners the right to seize suspect counterfeit goods in transit. Indeed the firm acts for a number of major international brand owners and is, on a continuous basis involved in seizures of goods being transshipped through Malta.