The second annual Fenech & Fenech IP Forum was held on the 22 June 2018. The conference dealt with the most current and topical Intellectual Property law issues, with specific focus on Gaming, Software, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence.

This year’s IP Forum saw a focus on the relationship between intellectual property laws and the latest technology developments, and explored the questions arising therefrom. This was done over a series of panels and focused discussions.

The conference was opened by Antonio Ghio, head of the IP and TMT department at Fenech & Fenech Advocates. Discussions  began in earnest with the Software panel – with the participation of Francois Grech (Exigy), Luca Amato (Poang!), and Gilbert Galea (Castille Software Labs Ltd) and was chaired by Jeanine Rizzo. The panel was quickly followed up by a presentation on the liability of intermediaries for the infringement of IP rights online, which was delivered by Jeanine Rizzo.

There next came the Gaming panel, chaired by Sarah Cannataci and featuring Trevor De Giorgio (Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions GmbH), Alistair Facciol (ComeOn! Gaming) and Yanica Sant (Malta Gaming Authority). An update with the IP Registration Directorate followed – Michelle Bonello and Godwin Warr discussed the latest legislative announcements and the plans for the implementation of the Trade Marks Directive in Maltese law, which include the introduction to a trade mark application opposition process.

The conference was rounded up by two further panels: one discussing Blockchain and the other discussing Artificial Intelligence, both chaired by Antonio Ghio. The Blockchain panel welcomed Joshua Ellul and Gordon Pace from the University of Malta, together with Alexander Borg of MITA. This was followed by a spirited discussion on whether AI could be deemed to be an author or even an infringer of IP with panellists Gege Gatt (ICON and ebo), Simon Azzopardi (Sherpa) and Bernard Agius (Malta Communications Authority).