Intellectual property in Malta

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

The team at Fenech & Fenech Advocates handles contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Led by Antonio Ghio, it has remained active on the litigious front in a variety of matters ranging from software copyright infringement cases to counterfeit goods in trans-shipment. Associate Deo Falzon is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Ghio

Other key lawyers:

Deo Falzon

Testimonials

‘Well trained counsel on technology matters, especially intellectual property litigation which is very valuable for contract negotiations.’

‘Deo Falzon and Antonio Ghio – Genuine interest in the fields they work in, passionate about technology, and very updated with not only legal, but also commercial developments in the tech world.’

‘Knowledge and speed of operations – these are two very strong traits that this firm has. Furthermore they also try to plan for the steps to come – hence they are also strategic in their advice.’

‘Deo Falzon – Very well organised and knowledgeable as well as strategic in his approach Antonio Ghio – Very knowledgeable and strategic in his approach’

‘The team at Fenech & Fenech are extremely reachable and provide timely updates about proceedings. Moreover their intellectual property knowledge, advice and experience is accurate and dependable.’

‘We work with Associate Deo Falzon who we refer to consistently with Customs – goods in transit proceedings as well as trademark and other intellectual property issues. We find Deo Falzon to be very knowledgeable about intellectual property and efficient.’

‘I mostly work with Dr. Deo Falzon and his team. Their reply is always instantaneous and their service absolutely perfect.’

‘Dr. Deo Falzon is one of those people who just gets stuff done.’

Key clients

KPMG Crimsonwing

Mobis Parts Europe

DraftKings

Helly Hansen AS

Flexera

Supreme

Gaming Innovation Group plc

PRS for Music

Work highlights

  • Defended KPMG Crimsonwing against a vexatious software infringement claim also filed against Exigy and Microsoft.
  • Acted for Mobis Parts Europe in litigation against a parallel trade infringer of Hyundai/Kia’s trade mark rights.
  • Engaged to look into intellectual property matters related to the context of the Draft Kings Inc. acquisition of SBTech in a deal worth $300m.

Ganado Advocates

The 'responsive' practice at Ganado Advocates assists high-profile clients with the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border intellectual property matters. It has represented clients in the tobacco, automotive, entertainment and fast-moving consumer goods sectors in noteworthy litigation proceedings, and has seen an increase in counterfeit goods work. The team is led by Paul Micallef Grimaud, who is good at 'weaving through legal jargon to explain the potential consequences in plain language'.

Practice head(s):

Paul Micallef Grimaud

Testimonials

‘The practice is led by a forward-looking and innovative work ethic, different from old fashioned legacy practices. They are on the ball both in terms of latest competences as well as customer engagement.’

‘Working with Ganado Advocates on IP matters gave the business full clarity on the various complex legal issues and legal risks associated with the strategic alternatives available to the business (particularly in contentious matters), in order to enable well-informed, sound decisions, based on clear and understandable advice.’

‘Dr. Paul Micallef Grimaud was highly responsive and reliable, enabling the business to take quick action in time-sensitive matters. He clearly has extensive expertise and experience in contentious IP matters.’

‘Dedicates the same experts, hence obtains a good and long-term understanding of our context and requirements.  Experts are reliable, well-versed in both the legal and technical aspects. Experts are also familiar with a wide range of subjects and can therefore make associations with different facets.’

‘Good reputation and respect in the legal profession; reliable to attend meetings and hearings;  prepare well for meetings and hearings.’

‘Knowledgeable, expertise in various legal areas, accessible, responsive, friendly. ’

‘Easy to communicate with, willing to listen and always on hand to offer advice. They are also able to react rapidly.’

‘The team has a good knowledge and experience of the Maltese legal market, and have their finger on its pulse. I feel very confident with them handling our matters in Malta.’

‘Paul Micallef Grimaud is very responsive and always looking out for our interests.’

‘We resort to Ganado Advocates on all of our legal queries. We’ve found them to be on the ball and swift with responses.’

‘Our go-to lawyer Paul Micallef Grimaud is especially in good in weaving through the legal jargon to explain the potential consequences in plain language.’

Mamo TCV Advocates

Mamo TCV Advocates' advice spans all aspects of intellectual property law, but it is particularly notable for IP prosecutions. The team 'knows the counterfeit business in Malta' and has worked on numerous anti-counterfeiting cases for world leading brands in the sportswear, tobacco, fashion and electronics industry. Practice head, Antoine Camilleri is an expert in IP litigation,  and an active member of several intellectual property associations. Claude Micallef Grimaud  joined the partnership this year.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Camilleri; David Tonna; Claude Micallef Grimaud

Testimonials

‘Mamo knows the counterfeit business in Malta and accommodates to the client’s strategy.’

‘Antoine Camilleri is very client oriented.’

 

Camilleri Preziosi

The team at Camilleri Preziosi is experienced in all areas of IP law, with litigation as one of its main pillars. It also assists clients in creating and maintaining IP protection mechanisms, IP negotiations, including setting up franchises and the assignment or licensing of IP rights. The firm has assisted a number of high-profile local and international clients from a variety of sectors. Henri Mizzi and Steven Decesare jointly lead the team. Sharon Xuereb is also highly regarded having worked on numerous trade mark registrations.

Practice head(s):

Steven Decesare; Henri Mizzi

Other key lawyers:

Sharon Xuereb

Key clients

Malta International Airport P.L.C

Enemalta plc

Massine Group

Melita Limited

Computime Limited

S.R.G.N Company Limited

DMD Autoparts

K101 Music Limited

Gasan Group

Global Procurement Company Limited

Calamatta Cuschieri Investment Services Limited

The General Soft Drinks Company Ltd

Malta Council for Science and Technology

Alf Mizzi Group

Retail International Limited

Arkadia Marketing Limited

GVZH Advocates

Led by Michael Grech, the team at GVZH Advocates handles the full spectrum of IP services, advising clients on technology and software-related issues, as well as trade mark, copyright and patent-related work for entertainment, fashion and manufacturing clients. Highlights included advising NBC on all IP-related matters for the local filming of Jurassic World and acting for Playmobil Malta in claiming damages for a breach of IP rights.

Practice head(s):

Michael Grech

Testimonials

‘Our company uses the services of GVZH. During the course of the past year, GVZH advised us on counterfeit related issues in the local market.’

‘GVZH are a professional law firm, with in-depth knowledge and experience in many fields including but not limited to intellectual property.’

‘We work with a variety of persons and levels within the firm, dependant on our requirements, and are satisfied with the level of knowledge and applicability that the firm has at its disposal.’

Key clients

Witty Technologies

NBC

Just Noise

L Brands – Victoria’s Secret

Playmobil Malta

3M Company

Malta Gaming Authority

Run It Once Limited

Dr Juice

Corinthia Hotels

Work highlights

  • Assisted Witty Technologies with registering a number of EUIPO trade marks, a few of which have been opposed, including assisting the client with the opposition process, currently negotiating settlements with third parties to secure clients’ registrations on EU trade marks.
  • Advised NBC on all IP-related aspects of the local shooting of the film Jurassic World.
  • Advised Just Noise on all IP aspects of the shooting of the movie Just Noise up until wrap.

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

The team at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates assists clients with a variety of IP matters from the registering of trade marks to litigation. The group has refocused its practice in an effort  to specialise in new fields within intellectual property, particularly the legal protection of domain names. The practice is led by co-founding partner, Maria Chetcuti Cauchi.

Practice head(s):

Maria Chetcuti Cauchi

GTG Advocates

The team at GTG Advocates offers a range of services, with a strong focus on gaming and betting technologies. It has been appointed by the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) to provide IP services and advice to technology start-ups. The team is led by co-heads Ian Gauci and Terence Cassar.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gauci; Terence Cassar

Testimonials

‘The team members worked together and collaboratively and were available for advice when I needed them. They have good knowledge of their subject and they engage me as a client in the decision making process.’

‘Dr Terence was the team leader and he led the case with ability and due interest so in the end justice was done as per the law. I could trust him and he had integrity which I commend. His level of collaboration and communication with me was as I expected it.’

Key clients

Softquo Group (Golden Race)

Hacksaw Gaming

BMIT Plc

Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA)

Pinewood Holdings Limited (BitBay)

Magic Marketing Services Limited (EjjaBet)

The Multi Group

Riktig Solutions Limited

Anker Holdings (UK) Limited

Spinmatic Limited

Kyber Network Group

Bwin Holdings (Malta) Limited (GVC Group)

Alka Oceans Limited

Flint Innovations Ltd

Fazi & Triple Crown Companies

Novusbet Limited

Ms Lily Bonnici

Work highlights

  • Advised Softquo Group (Golden Race) on numerous complex IP matters including on video-streaming from a betting studio for bet placement, IP clearance searches and advice on new games, software licensing disputes, trade mark filings, intra-group IP transfers, various software rights licensing agreements and the development of a new social games product.
  • Assisted Hacksaw Gaming with a multitude of software rights and IP licensing supply agreements, as well as IP licensing supplies of premium games that include a novel insurance access product over such premium games.
  • Represented BMIT in EU trade mark opposition proceedings instituted against the “BEEMIT” EU trademark applications filed by the multi-national company AGFA-Gavaert.

WH Partners

The IP practice at WH Partners predominantly represents gaming and gambling, fintech, software and consulting clients. The firm is strong on the exploitation and commercialisation of all types of IP and IP due diligence in M&A transactions as well as the more routine registration of trade marks. The co-heads of the team are James Scicluna and ‘pro-activeOlga Finkel. Robert Zammit is another key name.

Practice head(s):

James Scicluna; Olga Finkel

Other key lawyers:

Robert Zammit

Testimonials

‘Very fast responses. Big Industry know how’

‘We feel that we have a team that works hand in hand with us rather than just for us. The main strengths of the WH team is their 360 degree view and depth of knowledge, which makes it easy for us to use them as a single reference point.’

‘The team attitude is one of pre-empting potential issues rather than acting after the fact, one that has helped us save a lot of money in the medium and long term and also avoided more serious legal issues months and years down the line.’

‘The depth of expertise that WH have when it comes to our activities in Software Development, Gaming and Artificial Intelligence is unrivalled in Malta. We have also used their team to co-ordinate with patent attorneys in the US, UK, Europe, China and Japan very successfully.’

‘We work mostly with Olga Finkel, who we have worked with for over 10 years and have always been very satisfied with the depth of expertise that she brings to the table, the clear articulation and explanation of complex issues and her attitude of being pro-active rather than reacting. We also value her knowledge of information technology specific legal matters and her knowledge of software terminology and processes, which is vital in our fast growing business in Artificial Intelligence. Her knowledge is at a premium as we have not met many lawyers who are both competent in law and also when it comes to the logical in-depth detail of the issues involved in AI.’

‘We would also like to mention Robert Zammit as one of the outstanding team members in WH, as he has always given us very fast and yet reliable service and results.’