TECHNEWS :: Malta IP & IT
Update :: 2004
IP Office Policy Statements
Time-Frames for Compliance
The Maltese IP Office adopted the following policy with effect from 1 June 2004:
Official correspondence which require a reply and/ or the submission
of documents will be given a sixty (60) days time frame from date of
letter for compliance.
Such letters will include the actions which will be taken by the
Office if the requirement are not submitted within this stipulated
A request for an extension of this time frame by a further sixty
(60) days may be submitted with a payment of the official fee.
We advice our associates and clients to communicate with us should
there be difficulty in obtaining such evidence or carrying out such
action within the time-frame provided. Our IP Unit will then take
the necessary action and communicate with the IP Department on the
PATENT REGISTRATION UPDATE
Publication of Grant
The Maltese IP Office adopted the following policy with
All the patent
applications which are authorised grant will be published in
the Government Gazette after the expiration of the eighteen
(18) months from filing date or, where priority is claimed,
from priority date of the application. Before the expiration
of the said period of eighteen (18) months the applicant may
present a written request to the Comptroller to publish the
application prior to the said period.
As from 15th
August 2004, the filing date of an application shall be the
date of receipt of the:
application form and
the description of the invention.
requirement is not fulfilled the applicant will be given the
opportunity to submit the missing document within thirty
(30) days or the application will be considered as if it was
not filed. If the applicant complies, the date of filing
will be the date of receipts of the missing document.
As from 1st
September 2004 in order to comply with the formal
requirements of a patent application which contains missing
documents, the prescribed fee will be required.
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