Patents

Patents

Our patent-related services

G&A Glazberg, Applebaum & Co. is an all-inclusive IP law firm, attending to all our clients' patent-related needs. Our main patent-related services include:

Drafting of patent applications;
  • Prosecuting patent applications in patent offices worldwide;
  • Patent portfolio management and development;
  • Patent-related litigation, including post-grant oppositions, enforcing patent rights and invalidating patents;
  • Legal opinions, including Freedom To Operate (FTO) opinions , invalidity opinions, validity opinions, infringement opinions and non-infringement opinions.
 

What are patents?

The products of the innovative mind – the inventions – should be protected to ensure that their revenue is collected solely by the proprietor. Inventions are mere ideas of applying knowledge to solve problems; they are easily reproduced and copied. The law provides a legal solution to encourage innovation – patents. 

A patent is an exclusive right to an invention, enabling the proprietor to prevent others from utilizing the underlying invention. Patent law is one of the most challenging fields of law. It is of high legal complexity on the one hand, and requires thorough technical understanding on the other. Though patent law is territorial, and thus differs from one jurisdiction to another, global treaties and market forces are constantly harmonizing it across the globe. Still, some differences exist between different jurisdictions. As a rule, only novel inventions that involve an inventive step justify excluding the public from utilizing the invention and are worthy of being protected by a patent.

Why choose us?

We at G&A Glazberg, Applebaum & Co. understand technology and have in-depth knowledge of the law.

Understanding your invention is crucial to protecting your asset. It allows us to differentiate between other prior art publications and to particularly point out and distinctly claim your invention.

Being knowledgeable in the law is another crucial element in protecting your invention. Can your invention be considered a patentable subject matter? Can a claim be jointly infringed? Can the patent examiner combine the cited art to reject on a lack of inventive step basis (obviousness)? These are all questions of law. The answers to these questions affect how a patent application should be prosecuted. Current state of the law is important. However, we keep in mind that the law is dynamic and that patents are often litigated years after their issuance based on the up-to-date law.  

We understand that patents carry with them the "strings" created during prosecution. Statements made can come back to limit your rights, if not carefully attended to. 

We are a team of patent attorneys and litigators, each having a different point of view on the patent process. While the patent attorney focuses on prosecuting your patent application, the litigator constantly considers how each action would affect litigating the patent. 
 

Why file in Israel?

Patents are territorial and registration in each country requires a separate process. Each country examines the invention and may bestow different rights, if any. Some accelerated procedures exist. For example, the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is an initiative of a variety of patent offices that rely on registration of one another when prosecuting a patent application. As of 2011, the Israel Patent Authority (also known as, the Isral Patent Office or ILPO) participates in a PPH program with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Furthermore, under section 17(c) of the Israeli Patent Act, a patent in Israel may be granted without substantive examination based on a registration of a counterpart application in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, the European Patent Office (EPO), Germany, Japan, Norway, Russia, United Kingdom or the United States.

Israel also encourages patenting of Green Inventions and accelarates prosecution of applications relating to inventions bearing  positive green ramifications.  

Though the market in Israel is small, the Israeli consumers are considered as early adoptors of new technology, and many high-tech companies invest in penetrating this market. More important, however, is the role of Israel as a global research center. Israel is a home to many Research and Development centers, such as those of IBM, Teva, Intel, Microsoft, Google, Given Imaging, Yahoo, HP, NICE and many more. Limiting the freedom of operation in Israel of such companies may assist in competing with them. 

According to the USPTO statistics, in 2010, Israel was the country of origin for 1.5% of foreign filings, ranking Israel as the 9th largest country of origin that year, contributing more than countries such as Italy, Australia, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and India. According to WIPO’s statistics on the PCT system, Israel is constantly responsible for roughly 1% of all PCT filings. In 2010, Israel was ranked as the 16th largest contributor of PCT applications (see also statistics published in ILPO's yearly report of 2010).

Israel is a member state of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the Paris Convention, which enable postponing the decision of whether to apply for a patent in Israel.

In 2010, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Israel Patent Authority signed an agreement that will allow the Israel Patent Authority to serve as an International Search Authority (ISA) and an International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA). This act serves as an official recognition of the high quality of the patent examination capabilities of the Israel Patent Authority.

Contact us to assess your chances of procuring a patent in Israel and outside of it.

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