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Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)


One should start by firstly knowing the meaning of intellectual property rights (IPR) in order to be able to properly understand his or her rights in terms of trademarks, design, patents and copy rights. Intellectual property which is an intangible asset refers to the creations of the human minds for which exclusive rights are recognised. In this respect, innovators, artistes and business owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets for a specified duration.


There are 4 main types of IP as follows:

Patents are the broadest source of technical information which grant their owner a monopoly over an invention (a product or process that is new, involves an inventive step and is susceptible of industrial application) as defined by the “claims”.  An invention shall be patentable if it is novel, involves an inventive step and is susceptible of industrial application. Biological inventions may also be patentable subject to certain ethical and moral exceptions.

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IPR in Malta: