Statistical Country Profiles



Malta

Population (Million): 0.50 (2019)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2017 US$ (PPP)): 21.79 (2019)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2017 US$)

2010

156

13,814

113

13.10

2011

277

15,046

333

13.28

2012

265

23,993

722

13.65

2013

273

43,182

5,830

14.31

2014

474

42,674

5,216

15.57

2015

483

38,195

 

17.26

2016

497

41,883

 

18.27

2017

517

48,721

 

19.45

2018

396

 

 

20.87

2019

378

56,924

2,596

21.79

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

43

7

113

2011

41

6

236

2012

31

6

234

2013

56

4

217

2014

64

8

410

2015

93

2

390

2016

93

1

404

2017

106

7

411

2018

52

15

344

2019

60

7

318

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

38

 

212

2018

54

6

256

2019

33

18

193

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

2010

832

2011

432

2012

615

2013

560

2014

490

2015

428

2016

423

2017

216

2018

224

2019

233

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

 

 

1

2011

 

 

1

2012

 

 

1

2013

 

 

5

2014

 

 

4

2015

 

 

17

2016

 

 

7

2017

 

 

6

2018

 

 

5

2019

 

 

5

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

40,127

2017

2,308

396

46,413

2018

 

 

60,904

2019

2,424

196

54,500

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

33,049

2017

1,762

311

36,814

2018

 

 

51,124

2019

2,161

161

51,380

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

8

 

105

2011

19

1

314

2012

39

 

683

2013

211

2

5,619

2014

195

 

5,021

2015

 

 

9,092

2016

 

 

4,326

2017

 

 

4,978

2018

 

 

2,626

2019

103

 

2,493

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

6

 

53

2011

15

1

260

2012

33

 

575

2013

216

 

5,591

2014

221

2

5,799

2015

 

 

9,112

2016

 

 

3,800

2017

 

 

5,220

2018

 

 

1,141

2019

158

 

3,991

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Year

PCT System

Madrid System

Hague System

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

43

67

2

2019

37

58

 

2020

42

64

5

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

13

 

68

2011

21

 

184

2012

10

 

138

2013

15

 

92

2014

28

 

268

2015

41

 

222

2016

46

1

239

2017

61

 

274

2018

31

 

197

2019

31

 

160

 

PCT Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

FLOORING TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED

 

4

11

TELEFLEX LIFE SCIENCES LIMITED

 

 

5

RAPT IP LIMITED

 

3

4

STRATACA SYSTEMS LIMITED

4

3

4

SOURCE LTD.

 

1

3

SEIFERT SYSTEMS LTD.

 

1

2

UNIVERSITY OF MALTA

1

2

2

BLIX LTD.

1

2

1

BOWNCE HOLDING PLC

 

 

1

CERMO INTERNATIONAL GROUP LIMITED

 

 

1

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

EVOLUTION MALTA LIMITED

4

3

9

BDS ESPORT LTD

 

 

3

ROOTZ LTD

1

1

3

BRANDIT LTD.

 

 

2

CAPITALWORKS INVESTMENT PARTNERS ;HOLDINGS LIMITED

 

 

2

DARIX HOLDINGS LIMITED

 

 

2

EASTROCK VALLEY SOLUTIONS LIMITED

 

 

2

GAMANZA GROUP LIMITED

 

 

2

KAFE ROCKS LTD

 

 

2

KRONOPLUS LIMITED

 

 

2

 

Hague Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

KRONOPLUS LIMITED

 

 

141

 

Source: WIPO statistics database; last updated: 03/2021

• 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: Department for Economics and Data Analytics, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: ipstats.mail@wipo.int.