Timothy Spiteri


Timothy Spiteri

Advocate

Timothy Spiteri

Tim is an advocate at Muscat Mizzi Advocates. He has a keen interest in commercial and European law, particularly the areas of intellectual property and data protection. He completed his studies at the University of Malta in 2016, after which he spent a year working at the European Parliament. He is a self-proclaimed foodie and has a passion for all things cultural; with a special dedication towards music, history and literature. 

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Written by Timothy Spiteri

Blockchain and the future of IP

Ten years from its genesis, blockchain is being touted as the greatest technological innovation since the emergence of the worldwide web back in 1991. 2017 was truly the year that blockchain made it to the mainstream, thanks to the meteoric price-hike of cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin and Ethereum, which are built...

Should robots be granted citizenship?

As robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) become more prevalent in the world economy and modern society, timely legislative efforts could help smoothen the proliferation of this technology and prevent undesired consequences.  From relatively humble beginnings limited to mere remote-controlled automation, AI has developed immensely over the past decades and the...

Salient features of the new Copyright Directive - Part 1

The EU’s current legislative framework governing copyright and related rights dates all the way back to 2001 - to a pre-historic digital landscape incredibly different to the present day. This was a time which pre-dated the emergence of the content consumption modes currently in vogue. Back in 2001 Spotify, Youtube,...

Salient features of the New Copyright Directive - Part 2

Beyond the hype, the controversy, talk of meme bans and impending doom for the internet, what will the new law really change? This article is a continuation of an earlier article which delved into the notorious article 13, now article 17.   Part 2 –  Beyond Article 13 (now Article 17)...

Using a Maltese “Earlier Right” to Oppose an EUTM Application

The EU Trademark Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/1001) (the “EUTMR”) allows proprietors of “non-registered trademarks or of another sign used in the course of trade” to oppose an EU trademark (“EUTM”) application, where “that sign confers on its proprietor the right to prohibit the use of a subsequent trademark”. [1] An...

Copyright in the Digital Age

Muscat Mizzi Advocates is proud to have assisted the National Book Council (Malta) in drafting a proposed bill to amend the Copyright Act.The draft intends to update the Copyright Act in order to bring it in line with modern realities of the cultural industry; by transposing the EU’s Directive on...

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