Malta is part of the EPO. In order for an EP patent to be enforced in Malta, the patent must be granted by the EPO and then validated in Malta. During the application process renewal fees must be paid to the EPO. For more information, please visit our EPO renewal fee article.
Once a patent is granted by the EPO and validated in Malta, the renewal fee is paid to the Commerce Department. The rules that apply to a national Maltese patent also apply to an EP patent in Malta, which will be described in detail below.
Renewal fees in Malta must be paid by certain dates. In this section you will find a description of how these renewal due dates are calculated, both the very first renewal due date and all subsequent renewal due dates.
No annuities are due throughout the application process. The first annuity is paid on the first anniversary of the filing date after the grant in Malta.
For example, if the grant date is 2022-01-20, and the filing date is 2018-03-31, then the first annuity must be paid by 2022-03-31.
After the first annuity has been paid, all subsequent annuities must be paid annually on the last day of the month of filing.
For example, if the filing date was on November 9, then all subsequent annuities will be due on November 30 each year.
In Malta, there are other types of intellectual property besides patents. These include designs.
We are currently working on articles which will explain the rules for the renewal of these types of intellectual property. If you need any help renewing these and are looking for a cost-efficient solution, get in touch with us.
There are no annuities due in Malta before the patent is granted. Once the patent has been granted, annuities must be paid annually in accordance with the rules described above under the section Due Dates.
The renewal fee in Malta can be paid up to 6 months before the renewal due date. It is important to note that the renewal fee cannot be paid earlier than this. Any payments made before the opening of the payment window will result in the payment being rejected.
Yes, it is possible to renew a Maltese patent after its renewal due date. If you fail to pay the renewal fee before the due date, a grace period of 6 months is given wherein the renewal fees can still be settled. When entering the grace period you will incur a surcharge fee to be settled along with the renewal fee. If you wish to maintain the patent, both the renewal fee and the surcharge fee will have to be settled.
For example, if a patent has a renewal due date of 2021-05-31 and the due date is missed, the patent will enter the grace period from 2021-06-01. After this point both the renewal fee and the surcharge fee will need to be settled by 2021-11-30. Failure to pay these fees before the surcharge due date will result in the patent lapsing.
No, local representation is not necessary in order to carry out a renewal in Malta. Anyone can renew a patent in Malta if they submit the payment in accordance with the national regulations.
A patent will stay in force for 20 years in Malta from the filing date if successfully renewed in accordance with the rules described above. If the patent is not renewed, it will lapse by the end of the grace period measured from the latest renewal due date.