A design right (Industrial Design) is protected for a period of five years from the date of filing of the application and is renewable for one or more periods of five years each up to a maximum term of 25 years.
The filing requirements for a Design Renewal in Malta are the following:
Required payment of the officially renewal fees from the design's filing date in order to maintain a design in Malta:
|1st to 5th Year||6th to 10th Year||11th to 15th Year||16st to 20th Year||21st to 25th Year|
|Renewal required||Renewal required||Renewal required||Renewal required||Renewal required|
|← 25 Years Maximum Term of Protection →|
The design renewal (payment of the official renewal fee) has to be carried out until the last day of the month in which the patent falls due in order to prevent the official late payment fine.
Should a deadline fall on a weekend or on a public holiday the deadline will be deemed to be the day before the weekend or public holiday.
A late renewal of a Malta design (late payment of the official renewal fee) is possible within a grace period of 6 months from the end of the month in which the design falls due. A late payment of the renewal fees is subject to the official surcharges, which depend on the month of payment. A renewal after the grace period is not possible.
|Month of Due Date||Within Grace Period of 6 months||After Grace Period|
|Usual Renewal||← Late Payment possible →||Renewal not possible|
An early renewal of a Malta design (early payment of the official renewal fee) is possible within not more than 6 months before the date of expiry.
|Before||Within 6 months before the date of expiry||Month of Due Date|
|Not possible||← Early Payment possible →||Usual Renewal|
It usually takes around 12 weeks until the "Renewal Certificate" will be issued.
The exact timeframe depends on the working processes of the Malta IPO and may vary.