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MT - Malta
Industrial Property Registrations Directorate, Commerce Department (Malta)

Useful information

The PCT Applicant’s Guide is updated almost every week with information received by the International Bureau.
In case of question, please contact the Office or the International Bureau (pct.guide@wipo.int).
List of abbreviations used in this document:
Office: Industrial Property Registrations Directorate, Commerce Department (Malta)
List of currencies used in this document:
EUR: Euro
List of related countries and Offices used in this document:
Refer to List of WIPO Standards, Recommendations and Guidelines (formerly Annex K, List of country names and two-letter codes). It includes a list of short names and two-letter codes accepted for use in indicating States, other entities and intergovernmental organizations (and their Offices) in documents relating to international applications under the PCT. The list is as set out in WIPO Standard ST.3.
Also refer to PCT Contracting States (formerly Annex A).
PCT Reservations, Declarations, Notifications and Incompatibilities
Article 64(5)
Status as of 22 October 2020
Refer to the full list.
Office Closed dates
The Office is closed weekly on Saturday and Sunday
Additional closed dates can be consulted on the Office Closed dates page

International Phase

Annex B - Information on Contracting States or Intergovernmental Organization

Contracting State:
Malta
Two-letter code:
MT
Name of Office:
Industrial Property Registrations Directorate, Commerce Department (Malta)
Location:
Lascaris Bastions
Daħlet Ġnien is-Sultan
Valletta
VLT 1933
Malta
Mailing address:
Same as above
Telephone:
(356) 2569 0100
(356) 2122 6688
E-mail:
ipoffice@gov.mt
Facsimile:
None
Does the Office accept the filing of documents by means of telecommunication (PCT Rule 92.4)?
No
Would the Office accept evidence of mailing a document, in case of loss or delay, where a delivery service other than the postal authorities is used (PCT Rule 82.1)?
Yes
Is the Office prepared to allow applicants to make applications available to the WIPO Digital Access Service for Priority Documents (DAS) (PCT Rule 17.1(b-bis)?
No
Competent receiving Office(s) for international applications filed by nationals or residents of this State:
EP
IB
MT
Does national legislation restrict the filing of international applications with foreign Offices?
Refer to the Office
Competent designated (or elected) Office(s) for this State:
Refer to corresponding National Phase.
EP
Types of protection available via the PCT:
European patents
Availability under the national law for an international-type search (PCT Article 15):
None
Provisional protection after international publication:
Where the designation is made for the purposes of a European patent (refer to European Patent Convention Articles 67, 150 and 158) and:
(1) the international application is published in one of the EPO official languages: this gives the applicant the right to seek compensation reasonable in the circumstances for any infringement; or
(2) the international application is published in a language which is not an EPO official language: then the protection referred to in paragraph (1) does not become effective until the EPO publishes the international application supplied to it in one of its official languages.
Information of interest if this Contracting State is designated (or elected)
Are there special provisions concerning the deposit of microorganisms and other biological material?
No
For a European patent
Refer to Annex B(EP)

Annex C - Receiving Office

Competent receiving Office for nationals and residents of:
Malta
Language in which international applications may be filed:
English
Language in which the request may be filed:
English
Number of copies required by the receiving Office if application filed on paper:
1
Does the receiving Office accept the filing of international applications in electronic form?
No
Does the receiving Office accept requests for restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 26bis.3)?
Yes, the Office applies both the “unintentional” and the “due care” criteria to such requests
Competent International Searching Authority:
EP
Competent International Preliminary Examining Authority:
EP
Fees payable to the receiving Office:
Transmittal fee:
55 EUR
International filing fee:
1,378 EUR
This fee is reduced by 90% if certain conditions apply (refer to Annex C(IB)).
Fee per sheet in excess of 30:
16 EUR
Search fee:
Refer to
Annex D(EP)
Fee for priority document (PCT Rule 17.1(b)):
11.65 EUR
Fee for requesting restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 26bis.3(d)):
23.29 EUR
Is an agent required by the receiving Office?
No, if the applicant resides in a State member of the European Union or a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area
Yes, if the applicant is a non-resident
Who can act as agent?
Any natural or legal person resident in a State member of the European Union or a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area
Waiver of power of attorney:
Waivers of powers of attorney do not apply (PCT Rule 90.4(e) and 90.5(d)) where the agent or common representative submits any notice of withdrawal during the international phase (PCT Rule 90bis.1 to 90bis.4, also refer to International Phase, paragraph 11.048).
Has the Office waived the requirement that a separate power of attorney be submitted?
Yes
Particular instances in which a separate power of attorney is required:
Where an agent or a common representative who is not indicated on the request form at the time of filing performs any action after filing; or in case of doubt as to the agent’s entitlement to act.
Has the Office waived the requirement that a copy of a general power of attorney be submitted?
Yes
Particular instances in which a copy of a general power of attorney is required:
Where an agent or a common representative who is not indicated on the request form at the time of filing performs any action after filing; or in case of doubt as to the agent’s entitlement to act.

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V. 1 printed on 24 Mar 2023