How to apply for a Trademark

Submit all your Trademark Applications Online

 Search Request with the National Office

It is recommended that you make a ‘Pre-application search request’ to search the National Trademark Database and check if there is a similar or identical registered mark.

 The search request should include:

1.   the word/s you wish the search to be conducted on;

2.   the device/label/logo;

3.   the class or classes you wish the search to be carried out in.

If you have any doubts under which goods and services class number the trademark falls, the following link will help you to find the correct class:

EUIPO: https://euipo.europa.eu/ec2/

Please note that class numbers 1 to 34 are for products, whilst 35 to 45 are for services.

 The pre-application search request may be made either by email or post and this service carries a fee of €11.65 per word and per class or per logo and per class. Alternatively, a search may be carried out on the National Trademark Register for which no fees are involved.

 Filing an Application with the National Office

An application is to be submitted to the Industrial Property Registrations Directorate online.

The fee is of €116.47 per trademark per class, and this will cover a period of 10 years from the date of application.

 Examination and Registration

The process for registration will take around 8 (eight) months from application date.

• This process entails the checking of correctness of the application form;

• The creating of a file and the inputting and scanning in the National Trademark Database;

• The absolute examination of the trademark with regards to the National Trademark Legislation;

• The relative examination of the trademark with regards the National Trademark Database.

 Methods of Payment

Payment may be done either:

1.   directly at the office, by cash (exact amount), cheque;

2.   by post - the application form together with a cheque payable to 'The Comptroller of Industrial Property'; 

3.   online at: www.ips.gov.mt

4.    Bank transfer to:
                Bank: Bank of Valletta
                Account number: 40018101689 (charges to be incurred by sender)
                IBAN: MT58VALL22013000000040018101689
                BIC Code: VALL MTMT
                Account Name: Commerce

Schedule of Fees for Trademark Applications​

Public Office Hours

Winter (1st October - 15th June): 08:00 - 14:00

Summer (16th June - 30th September): 08:00 - 12:00

Please do not hesitate to contact this office for any queries or clarifications that you may have. For further information kindly contact our office on telephone number 2569 0340 or send an email to ipoffice@gov.mt. 


Redress or appeal:
Decisions of the office which are open to redress or appeal must be sent on ipoffice@gov.mt or in writing at:
Commerce Department, Industrial Property Registration
Director Industrial Property Registration
Lascaris Bastions, Daħlet Ġnien is-Sultan,
Valletta  VLT 1933, Malta
Disclaimer:
Unless otherwise indicated, the information contained in this site is issued by the Industrial Property Registrations Director within the Commerce Department at The Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses
 
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Last updated on the 25th May 2020