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Ehrlich & Fenster Patent & Trademark Attorneys

16 Jan 2013
Significant amendment to the Patent Law takes effect

Further to an agreement with the US Trade Commission, the 10th amendment to the Patent Law has now come into force. The amendment forms part of the revisions to local IP laws and regulations which removed Israel from the blacklist of countries that fail to protect intellectual property adequately and enabled Israel to join the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Full text

31 Oct 2012
Court gives the OK to parallel importers – but use trademarks in moderation

The Tel Aviv District Court recently ruled in favour of the Tommy Hilfiger Group after it brought suit against Machsan Hayevuan and its owner Elad Suissa for breach of the rights under the TOMMY HILFIGER trademark. The ruling is a signal to all parallel importers in Israel to review their current practice carefully and to consider whether they are maintaining the proper balance between fair use of their marketed goods and not infringing IP rights. Full text

13 Jun 2012
New examination guidelines: overlapping subject matter

Recently published guidelines for examiners with regard to overlapping subject matter have clarified the definition of "overlapping subject matter" and provide an insight into the strategy for drafting and prosecuting divisional and continuation applications before the Israeli Patent and Trademark Office. Full text

23 May 2012
Israel's new roles under the Patent Cooperation Treaty

In June 2012 the Israeli Patent Office will start functioning as an international search authority and an international preliminary examining authority under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Since the World Intellectual Property Organisation decided to appoint Israel, the Patent Office has made substantial efforts to meet the necessary PCT requirements. Full text

02 May 2012
Patent reform is on the way

Further to a 2010 agreement with the US Trade Commission, the Israeli government is finalising an amendment to the Patent Law. The agreement has resulted in the removal of Israel from the blacklist of countries that fail to protect copyright adequately and enabled Israel to join the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Under the amendment, Israeli applications will publish 18 months after the filing or priority date, as in most Western countries. Full text

21 Mar 2012
New examiner guidelines for software-related inventions

The Israeli patent registrar has issued new guidelines to determine patentable inventions by clarifying the definition of "technological invention", as defined by Section 3 of the Patent Law. The long-awaited guidelines clarify the Israeli approach regarding software inventions in an attempt to make all Israeli examinations consistent. Full text

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