Before applying for a design (Industrial Design) it is advisable to carry out a search to determine if the design is new compared to the prior art and if it is considered to have an individual character.
After the registration design searches conducted at regular intervals are helpful to protect your design rights.
In order to perform a design search in Malta we require the following:
It usually takes 7-10 working days until the search results are issued.
The exact timeframe depends on the working processes of the Malta IPO and may vary.