Statistical Country Profiles



Malta

Population (Million): 0.48 (2018)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 18.45 (2018)

 

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2009

262

9,685

219

11.35

2010

155

13,814

113

11.75

2011

278

15,046

333

11.90

2012

265

23,993

722

12.22

2013

273

43,182

5,830

12.78

2014

474

42,674

5,218

13.87

2015

483

38,195

 

15.35

2016

497

41,879

 

16.22

2017

 

48,712

 

17.31

2018

 

 

 

18.45

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

70

21

192

2010

43

7

112

2011

41

6

237

2012

31

6

234

2013

56

4

217

2014

64

8

410

2015

93

2

390

2016

93

1

404

2017

 

 

411

2018

 

 

344

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

22

24

45

2010

18

4

59

2011

25

1

69

2012

29

5

89

2013

32

5

125

2014

22

3

131

2015

27

2

78

2016

45

 

192

2017

 

 

212

2018

 

 

256

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

2009

863

2010

832

2011

432

2012

615

2013

560

2014

490

2015

428

2016

423

2017

 

2018

 

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

3

2010

 

 

1

2011

 

 

1

2012

 

 

1

2013

 

 

5

2014

 

 

4

2015

 

 

17

2016

 

 

7

2017

 

 

6

2018

 

 

5

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

767

465

8,918

2010

917

415

12,897

2011

944

399

14,102

2012

1,206

382

22,787

2013

1,782

445

41,400

2014

1,749

340

40,925

2015

1,619

294

36,576

2016

1,756

167

40,123

2017

2,308

396

46,404

2018

 

 

60,903

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

639

539

6,433

2010

666

379

9,519

2011

871

422

12,067

2012

806

445

13,646

2013

1,346

386

28,721

2014

1,689

434

39,916

2015

1,500

349

32,694

2016

1,478

213

33,047

2017

1,762

311

36,814

2018

 

 

51,122

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

11

 

208

2010

8

 

105

2011

19

1

314

2012

39

 

683

2013

211

2

5,619

2014

195

 

5,023

2015

 

 

9,092

2016

 

 

4,326

2017

 

 

4,978

2018

 

 

2,626

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

10

 

185

2010

6

 

53

2011

15

1

260

2012

33

 

575

2013

216

 

5,591

2014

221

2

5,797

2015

 

 

9,112

2016

 

 

3,800

2017

 

 

5,220

2018

 

 

1,140

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Year

PCT System

Madrid System

Hague System

2009

34

15

 

2010

19

7

 

2011

18

5

 

2012

18

27

 

2013

73

62

1

2014

58

82

2

2015

67

36

1

2016

87

53

3

2017

97

72

2

2018

45

68

2

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

22

 

116

2010

13

 

67

2011

21

 

185

2012

10

 

138

2013

15

 

92

2014

28

 

268

2015

41

 

222

2016

46

1

239

2017

 

 

274

2018

 

 

197

 

PCT Top Applicants

Applicant

2016

2017

2018

CAREBAY EUROPE LTD

30

49

31

E-SEVEN SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT LTD

 

5

7

STRATACA SYSTEMS LIMITED

 

 

4

VIVARO LIMITED

1

1

3

ALVOGEN MALTA OPERATIONS (ROW) LTD

 

1

2

CERTUS OPERATIONS LTD.

 

 

2

DRUGGABILITY TECHNOLOGIES IP HOLDCO LIMITED

1

4

2

INPECO HOLDING LTD.

1

1

2

ABERTAX RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LTD.

1

 

1

ALUMIER EUROPE LIMITED

1

 

1

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Applicant

2016

2017

2018

CATENA OPERATIONS LTD

 

 

9

KING.COM LIMITED

8

1

5

EVOLUTION MALTA LIMITED

 

 

4

MT SECURETRADE LIMITED

 

 

4

BETIT OPERATIONS LIMITED

 

 

3

GREEN JADE GAMES LTD

 

 

3

MEDIAREX ENTERPRISES LIMITED

 

 

3

BLIX LTD.

 

1

2

DREAMPLEX LIMITED

 

 

2

INTRAPAY LIMITED

 

 

2

 

Hague Top Applicants

Applicant

2016

2017

2018

BLIX LTD.

 

 

1

EAGLE INVESTMENT SICAV PLC,ACTING ON BEHALF OF ITT FUND

1

1

1

 

Source: WIPO statistics database; last updated: 10/2019

• The statistics are based on data collected from IP offices or extracted from WIPO's operational databases. Data might be missing for some years and offices or may be incomplete for some origins. The data relating to population and gross domestic product (GDP) are from the UN Statistics Division and the World Bank.
• A resident filing refers to an application filed in the country by its own resident; whereas a non-resident filing refers to the one filed by a foreign applicant. An abroad filing refers to an application filed by this country's resident at a foreign office.
• Where an office provides total filings without breaking them down into resident and non-resident filings, WIPO divides the total count using the historical share of resident filings at that office.
• IP filings and Economy lists patent, trademark and industrial design filings worldwide by applicants from this country (resident + abroad).
• One application at the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) or the Patent Office of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC Patent Office) is multiplied by the corresponding number of member states ; whereas one application at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is counted as one application abroad if the applicant does not reside in a member state, or as one resident application and one application abroad (two applications) if the applicant resides in a member state, due to lack of information on designations.
• Malta is a member of the European Patent Convention. Patent filings by residents of this country at the European Patent Office (EPO) are considered both resident and abroad filings via regional office.
• Malta is a member of the European Union. Trademark and industrial design filings by residents of this country at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) are considered both resident and abroad filings via regional office.
• Application class count: The number of classes specified in a trademark application. In the international trademark system and at certain national and regional offices, an applicant can file a trademark application that specifies one or more of the 45 goods and services classes of the Nice Classification. Offices use a single- or multi-class filing system. To capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration class counts.
• Application design count: The number of designs contained in an industrial design application. Under the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, it is possible for an applicant to obtain protection for up to 100 industrial designs for products belonging to one and the same class by filing a single application. Some national or regional IP offices allow applications to contain more than one design for the same product or within the same class, while others allow only one design per application. In order to capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration design counts.
• Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: ipstats.mail@wipo.int.