Jonathan Tonna is an associate in MamoTCV’s Intellectual Property Department. He has practiced for close to 5 years under the guidance of the IP team, first as a young trainee, then as a fully-fledged associate. During his time at the firm, Jonathan has advised and assisted clients on various IP matters. His experience ranges across every major IP field. He has helped young innovators and entrepeneurs further their business aspirations with sound IP strategy. He assisted artists, performers and other members of the creative industry safeguard their copyright and related rights, and has conducted trademark prosecution at the behest of some of the largest international brands.

Jonathan is also a member of the firm’s Litigation team, and handles a variety of IP-related claims, including the disposal of infringing merchandise that regularly passes through Maltese Customs, proceedings for the protection or invalidation of potentially conflicting trademarks and the protection of copyright and related rights.

Second Reading in Parliament for Blockchain Bills: The Malta Digital Innovation Authority Act

Second Reading in Parliament for Blockchain Bills:  The Malta Digital Innovation Authority Act
The spearhead of Malta's new three-pronged legal regime on innovative technology arrangements and cryptocurrencies, the Malta Digital Innovation Authority Bill (the "Bill"), was presented to Parliament for its second reading, marking a fundamental step towards a new legislative milestone in Malta's efforts to become a trailblazer in the global blockchain revolution. Once promulgated, the new Act will lay down the guiding principles of the soon-to-be-formed public body charged with the duty of promoting and developing Malta's new born innovative technology sector.T...
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Funny Business – Intellectual Property Law Through the Prism of Comedy

Funny Business – Intellectual Property Law Through the Prism of Comedy
Anybody with an acute sense of justice knows what intellectual property is, yet I daresay many IP lawyers can probably relate to the unique sense of embarrassment which typically follows that all too familiar question:"So … what do you do for a living?"Now, you know what comes next for Mr. IP Attorney - the strained beginnings of a response, the awkward backtrack and pause as he tries to squeeze out some brief, accurate yet comprehensible answer to the common follow-up question:"What is Intellectual property?"The problem is of course aggravated by the fact that th...
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Messi Wins: EU Court Rules No Potential Conflict Between “MESSI” and “MASSI” Trademarks

Messi Wins: EU Court Rules No Potential Conflict Between “MESSI” and “MASSI” Trademarks
In a decision issued yesterday morning, the General Court of the CJEU (EGC) approved the registration of a logo consisting of a shield motif with the letter "M" blazoned across the front, sitting on top of the letters "M-E-S-S-I".The application for the logo was filed by one Lionel Andrés Messi in August 2011. Messi's trademark was shortly thereafter opposed by Mr. Jaime Masferrer Coma, the previous owner of the trademark "MASSI" (the mark has since been assigned to the company J.M.-E.V. E HIJOS, S.R.L.). For six and a half years Mr. Messi had been engaged in a le...
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Positive Update on EU Trademark and Industrial Design Rights Post-Brexit

Positive Update on EU Trademark and Industrial Design Rights Post-Brexit
As many are no doubt aware, an updated draft of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community was published last month.The 19 March draft highlights all the points of consensus between the EU and the UK – the continuation of EU-wide IP rights currently effective in Britain being among them. It is now virtually official that all EU trademarks and industrial designs registered before the end of the Brexit transition period will continue to be protected qua ...
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Silence is Golden: Holding the Breach on Free Speech with Trade Secret Law on the Horizon

Silence is Golden: Holding the Breach on Free Speech with Trade Secret Law on the Horizon
What disappears when you speak its name?A riddle as old as time itself. But, as anyone charged with the keeping of secrets knows; once silence is broken, a great many more things might go the same way.Among those things, there's your intellectual property.This may seem a little counterintuitive. Common sense dictates a good idea must be disclosed to the public one way or another if it is to evolve into a good venture.Indeed, it is generally the case that intellectual property must be declared or expressed publicly before it can even become vested with the law's pr...
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