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Trademarks / Patents / Designs
Legal proceedings in Israel for the protection and enforcement of trademarks, patents and designs can be roughly divided into two types of action: (a) actions before a judicial tribunal of the Israel Patents, Designs & Trademarks Office; and (b) actions before the civil courts. We handle both types of actions, and are very proud of our extremely high success rate.
The judicial tribunal of the IPDTO hears actions such as oppositions (when an application for registration of a patent or trademark is opposed by a third party), or cancellation actions (when applying to cancel an existing registration).
In Court, on the other hand, we represent our clients in actions for the enforcement of rights and in combatting the infringement of such rights.
Value for Money
Intellectual property proceedings require specialist knowledge, expertise and experience. Having led the field in such matters for some 20 years, we are proud to place these resources at our clients' disposal.
We do not promise to be the cheapest firm in the market. But is it really a good idea to select the lawfirm to whom you entrust your most valued assets on the basis of the firm offering the cheapest deal? Or would you prefer, instead, to be represented by an expert in the field, who has accumulated decades' of experience, and who will give you the best chance of a successful outcome...?
At the end of the day, there is no substitute for the expertise and experience which will offer you the best chance of protecting the value of your assets.
We conduct and manage these kinds of legal proceedings for our clients, in Israel and around the world.
Whether you wish to sue for trademark infringement in Israel, or defend a patent infringement lawsuit in the US, we will be there for you, advising you of your rights and your chances of success, and guiding you through the process.
We have 20 years' experience in managing these types of proceedings. Let us put that experience to work for you.
Copyright (e.g. rights in works of art, books, performances, music etc.) differs from other types of intellectual property rights in that, in Israel and most of the rest of the world, there is no obligation, and in many cases no possibility, to register your rights. In accordance with international treaties, as soon as you have created an original work, you are the owner of copyright in that work, automatically. There is therefore no registration of copyright, or opposition, or cancellation actions.
However, copyright can be enforced in the civil courts in Israel, in just the same way as patents, trademarks or other intellectual property rights. Indeed, in light of artist-friendly legislation which entitles a successful plaintiff to liquidated damages, without the need to prove actual damage (up to NIS 100,000 [c. $27,000] per instance of infringement) and in the wake of the ever-growing phenomenon of content-copying on the Internet, civil courts in Israel hear an ever increasing number of such cases, many of which result in the plaintiff being awarded substantial damages.
We will be more than happy to assist you in such matters, whether you wish to take action against third party infringers, or feel you have been wrongly sued for infringement.