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Intellectual property rights (IPR) are undoubtedly unique and worthy assets for most enterprises, be they innovative or more traditional. Their promotion and protection is essential for business development. We can help you recognise, value, record, enhance, exploit and protect the value of your Intellectual Property (IP) assets and to maximise the level of protection of your trademarks, patents, copyrights, designs and other IP rights.
IP is usually divided into two categories: industrial property and copyright.
Industrial property includes patents for inventions, industrial designs, trademarks and geographical indications;
Copyright and related rights cover literary, artistic and scientific works, including performances and broadcasts.
We offer a full spectrum of IP-related services. We can help throughout the entirety of your IP’s existence, from inception to termination.
The below is a comprehensive guide as to what we can offer through our IP-related services:
We hold preliminary information sessions/discussions on options for IP asset protection and possible registrations which fit your goals;
We can help you qualify your IP for protection and carry out the necessary preliminary ground work to properly value your IP.
Communicating with the relevant authorities and drawing up any necessary documentation to ensure the protection of your IP asset in relation to:
Local IP asset registration applications;
EU platforms, such as the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO);
International platforms, such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO); and/or
Any other international or regional relevant registration platforms.
Supporting you throughout the entirety of your IP asset’s lifespan by advising you on the best way to manage and even exploit your IP assets, through licensing or sale. The following is an outline of the help we can offer:
Organisation and management of IP assets;
Guidance on maximising the value of your IP assets.
Drafting a variety of IP-based agreements based on your individual needs;
Drafting your employment contracts minded by your business’ requirements.
Estimation of IP value for commercial, accounting and taxation purposes;
Review of IP value and assistance to directors in impairment assessments when preparing financial statements;
Preparation of purchase price allocations when acquiring intangible assets;
Valuation of IP in the context of a given transaction;
Preparation of expert report in line with Maltese law when issuing and alloting shares in exchange for IP assets, to ensure the congruence of the respective values of the shares and the IP.
Analysis of income tax and VAT implications of holding IP;
Advising on tax implications when holding and transferring IP;
Establishment of IP owning entities;
Preparation and submission of statutory periodic VAT returns.
Advising on any available incentives relating to IP, including advice on the Patent Box Regime and R&D incentive schemes
Assistance with the preparation and review of application forms and various correspondence with the relevant Authorities;
Assisting with performing calculations to optimise the benefit that could be availed of;
Assisting with ongoing reporting requirements;
Communicating your IP’s purpose effectively through a unique design tailored to the asset’s brand.
Strengthening your brand’s image and advising on methods of building upon your brand’s identity.
We provide various services throughout the IP’s lifespan, including:
Help with the renewal, transfer or termination of your IP;
Revising and/or renewing existing IP-based agreements;
Consulting with Authority requests on your behalf;
Advising on any re-branding and/or modernisation queries;
Assistance with filing necessary objections to the use of products or services which are in breach of or conflict with the protection of your IP.