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Intellectual Property

A More Poignant New Year than Usual for French Winemakers After CJEU Ruling on “Champagner Sorbet” Case

Whilst champagne corks were popping all over the world this past New Year's, winemakers in the Northeast of France had little cause for celebration in the wake of the CJEU's decision over Aldi Süd's "CHAMPAGNER SORBET" dessert.Champagne has become somewhat of a posterchild for so-called Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs) – one of three regimes available under EU law whereby food producers across Europe so jealously guard their various namesakes.PDOs are sui generis intellectual property rights available to specific agricultural products originating in particular geographical regions. They can have serious implications for unsuspecting food traders all over the EU, including…
Jonathan Tonna
22nd January 2018
Intellectual Property

What is the Public’s Perception of Piracy and Counterfeiting in Europe?

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) * has carried out a survey to gauge the perceptions and various sentiments held by EU citizens towards intellectual property rights, which encompass various aspects such as trademarks, designs, patents, copyright and the registration and protection of such.** The survey collected the views of over 26,500 people aged 15 and over across all 28 EU Member States, including Malta. THE EUIPO had also conducted a similar survey in 2013, the results of which have been complemented by this more recent survey. Comparisons to the 2013 survey allow for an insight into how the public…
Antoine Camilleri
5th May 2017
Who owns your wedding photos?
Intellectual Property

“Who Owns my Wedding Photos?”

Picture this. You and your betrothed spend several months micro-managing every aspect of your impending wedding. You will probably agonise over your choice of venue, ceremonial garbs, wedding cake, guests, wedding invitations, souvenirs, band (or DJ if you are so inclined), flower arrangements, caterers and several other issues. It is likely that at some point you will also seek to engage someone to be your official photographer. With so much on your mind, the last thing you will probably think about is what legal rights are attributed to the wedding photos. You probably think that as long as you pay…
Intellectual Property

Mamo TCV Participates in Malta EU Presidency Conference on IPR Enforcement

On 2nd March 2017, an international conference on IPR enforcement was held at the Corinthia Hotel in St. George's Bay, St Julian's, Malta. The conference was organised by the Maltese Presidency of the EU Council, Malta Customs and the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (EUIPO). A number of prominent representatives from various institutions and bodies participated in the event (including the European Commission, UNIFAB, the EUIPO, INTA as well as the US attache' to the EU). Mamo TCV Advocates was represented by Dr. Claude Micallef-Grimaud from the firm's Intellectual Property (IP) Department who delivered a presentation on…
Intellectual Property

Patent Law – An Update On Manufacturing / Research Opportunities In Malta For The International Generics Drugs Industry

Malta offers significant opportunities for the generics drugs industry and the evidence for this lies in the pharmaceutical patenting history of the country. The events discussed in this update reflect the history of patenting in Malta, focusing on the current favourable legislative framework for the generic drugs industry in Malta. ​Disclaimer This document does not purport to give legal, financial or tax advice. Should you require further information or legal assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Antoine Camilleri. Patent Law – An Update On Manufacturing / Research Opportunities In Malta For The International Generics Drugs Industry.Download PDF
Antoine Camilleri
24th February 2017
Intellectual Property

Damages in Maltese Intellectual Property Cases: A Brief Look at Article 12 of Chapter 488 of the Laws of Malta

IntroductionThe Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (Regulation) Act, 2006  came into effect at the end of 2006  and fully implements the provisions of Directive 2004/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (the Directive). It is fair to say that Maltese practitioners took some time getting used to the broad implications of Chapter 488. It is also fair to say that even the Maltese Courts themselves initially seemed to exhibit trepidation in granting some of the remedies stemming from this new law. Many of these remedies are more…