The Israel Patent Office serves as an ISA

The Israel Patent Office serves as an ISA
Starting June 1, 2012, the Israel Patent Authority will serve as an International Search Authority (ISA) and an International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) in the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) system.

In September 2009, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has recognized the high level quality of examination provided by the Israel Patent Office and has appointment the Israel Office an ISA and IPEA. The Israel Patent Office was included in an exclusive list of sixteen patent offices around the globe.

Following its appointment, the Israel Patent authority has commenced substantial preparation that included new legislation, expansion of the corps of examiners, introduction of infrastructure for quality control in accordance with the requirements of the Convention and much more. After a two year preparation period, on June 1, 2012, the Israel Patent Office will launch itself as an ISA and IPEA.

In the launch phase, the Israel office will only examine international patent applications of local applicants. The fees were set to a very competitive level (940 USD) and are roughly half of those of the competitions. The official fees were set low in the hope of examining a majority of the yearly 1,500 PCT applications by Israeli applicants.

After the launch phase, and assuming positive results, the Israel office is expected to expand its mandate and examine applications by non-Israeli applicants, as well.