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With ‘the best informed team in the region’, Fenech & Fenech Advocates handles contentious and non-contentious matters across copyright, design rights, patents and trade mark law. Practice head Antonio Ghio recently acted for PRS for Music in multiple infringement proceedings and licensing matters; he also defended KPMG Crimsonwing in a copyright infringement claim brought by IBS and represented Novomatic Group in several disputes relating to copyright and trade mark infringements. Hotjar, Anchovy and Evoke Gaming are also clients. Associate Jeanine Rizzo focuses on the film, music and publishing sectors.

At GANADO Advocates, department head Paul Micallef Grimaudalways impresses with his industry knowledge and is incredibly articulate and invariably well prepared’. The group, which ‘delivers advice of a superior quality in a timely manner’, covers all elements of transactional and contentious work; recent examples include trade mark litigation, trade mark and patent registrations, regulatory advice, General Data Protection Regulation preparation and licensing issues. Louis Cassar Pullicino is a key name for contentious matters.

The ‘focused, knowledgeable and responsive’ practice at Mamo TCV Advocates provides ‘world-class advice that leaves no stone unturned’ thanks to its ‘ability to always be on the ball and ask all the right questions’. The group recently advised on an anti-piracy campaign in Malta for a multinational trade association; other work includes assisting with the successful protection of a fictional character under copyright law, filing trade mark applications and handling trade mark litigation. Practice head Antoine Camilleri is ‘absolutely brilliant’, David Tonnaprovides complete solutions’ and Richard Camilleri is ‘excellent’.

Senior partner Henri Mizzi is the key name to note at Camilleri Preziosi and works closely with associate Sharon Xuereb advising on the full range of IP issues. Recent work includes representing Massine Group in litigation surrounding its licensing rights over its Apassionata trade mark, registering a new trade mark for Unibet London, and acting for Melita and the Premier League in separate copyright infringement cases. Other noteworthy names include Louis de Gabriele and Marisa Vella.

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates handles licensing, trade mark and patent work, with particular strength in the online and gaming sectors; mandates included advising Camel Brand Company on multiple trade mark registrations, assisting Stakers with obtaining a gaming licence, and handling a trade mark registration for Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits. Maria Chetcuti Cauchi and Silvana Zammit are the key practitioners.

Michael Grech leads the department at GVZH Advocates, which primarily handles technology and software-related issues. Its work encompasses software licensing contracts, development agreements, IP rights transfers, internet domain names, and trade mark, patent and design registration.

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