Intellectual Property

Our intellectual property practice advises on:

  • establishment of rights
  • enforcement
  • structuring intellectual property rights in transactions
  • technology contracts and disputes
  • e-commerce
  • the print media
  • film, video and television
  • patents
  • trademarks
  • copyright
  • advertising media
  • privacy

Intellectual property rights include goodwill and reputation – including brands and trademarks – technical innovations, trade secrets and confidential information, and copyright and design rights. If this intellectual property is to be exploited to its full potential by its rightful owners, then it must be protected from exploitation by others. We advise on all aspects of the protection, enforcement, exploitation and management of intellectual property rights, and on the cross-border aspects of intellectual property exploitation, especially with regard to parallel imports. We also provide counsel on the concepts embodied in the intellectual content of digital information.

Intellectual property issues are a pressing concern as the EU has put in force a number of directives aimed at enhancing and standardizing protection of intellectual rights throughout the Union. We advise clients on how best to identify, register, and protect their intellectual property rights, and prepare and process applications for patenting and trademarking.

A specialist area of Muscat Azzopardi & Associates is entertainment and film.