Practice Areas
  • The interplay of science and design, or, when designers, engineers and medics meet

    Interdisciplinary collaborations can yield creative and inventive concepts and technologies that never would have been brought to life without such collaborative efforts. Indeed, the history of science and technology is abundant with examples of collaborative endeavors.In recent decades, inter- and cross-disciplinary collaborations reached out to new players in the research and development game – the designers. These new R&D collaborators have been warmly embraced by both academy (e.g. MediaLab at MIT, Wyss Laboratories at Harvard, D-School at Stanford, Imperial College and the Royal College of Art in London) and industry (including corporate behemoths such as Google, Philips, Microsoft and others around the globe).

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    March 05, 2016
  • Glamorous Inventor: Hedy Lamarr (November 09, 1914-January 19, 2000)

    Hedy Lamarr, accredited with the statement “Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid”, was one of the most glamorous and beautiful women of her time. Yet, she did not stand still and was anything but stupid. 

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    November 12, 2015
  • Israel Patent Office (ILPO) Publishes 2014 Filing Data

    The Israel Patent Office (“ILPO”) recently released the English version of its 2014 Annual Report (the “Report”). The Report highlights trends in domestic patent, design, and trademark filings, while also discussing relevant developments in the ILPO’s internal operations as well as its relationships with examining offices abroad. The Report provides some interesting insights into the state of intellectual property protection in Israel, and helps shed some light on what applicants can expect during the application process going forward.

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    November 04, 2015
  • Another Israel Patent Application Revived More Than Three Years After Abandonment

    Section 21A of the Israel Patents Law establishes a twelve-month timeframe for patent applicants to seek revival of abandoned applications. However, under Section 164, this window can be expanded upon a showing of “reasonable cause.” Two recent decisions from the Patent Office shed light on some of the circumstances that can justify revival of a patent application after an extended period of abandonment. However, due to the fact-based nature of the Patent Office’s decisions and limitations imposed on the applicants’ rights in each case, new patent applicants should remain mindful of their deadlines when seeking patent protection in Israel.

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    October 21, 2015
  • Insights from WIPO’s Madrid, Hague, and PCT 2015 Yearly Reviews

    The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an agency of the United Nations that counts 188 nations among its members and administers numerous international treaties relating to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights worldwide. Among these treaties are the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), the Madrid Protocol for trademarks, and the Hague Agreement for industrial designs. Recently, WIPO released its Yearly Reviews with data pertaining to filings under each of these treaties. In this article, we take a look at some key insights from WIPO’s 2015 Yearly Reviews, and briefly examine Israel’s stature in the worldwide intellectual property landscape.

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    October 01, 2015
  • U.S. Federal Circuit Expands Liability for “Divided” Patent Infringement

    On August 13, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an important decision strengthening the protections afforded to patent owners in the United States. In Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., the Federal Circuit established a new legal framework that expands the scope of activities giving rise to liability under the theory of “divided infringement.” It also noted that future factual scenarios may warrant even further expansion of attribution-based patent infringement liability.

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    September 21, 2015
  • EPO Annual Report Highlights New Trends in European Patent Filings and Registrations

    Each year, the European Patent Office (EPO) releases an Annual Report that highlights key statistics and indicators from the prior year’s patent activity. As the executive arm of the European Patent Organization, the EPO is tasked with providing a uniform procedure for inventors to obtain patent protection in the Organization’s member states throughout Europe.

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    July 20, 2015
  • Proposed Tax Break Would Encourage Transfers of Foreign IP into Israel

    Following two years of efforts by the Ministry of Finance to examine opportunities for further encouraging companies to operate in Israel, a committee tasked with proposing changes to the Law for the Encouragement of Capital Investments has recommended a new tax break for companies that transfer intellectual property (IP) into the country. If adopted, the tax break will represent a significant incentive for companies to transfer foreign-registered IP into Israel, while also generating potentially billions of dollars in additional revenue for the Israeli government.

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    July 08, 2015
  • Highlights from the IP5’s Annual Report on Patents

    Styled the IP5, the world’s five largest patent offices – the European Patent Office (EPO), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO) – come together on an annual basis to compile a detailed report on patent statistics from their collective jurisdictions. Comprising 89% of all patent applications and 90% of registered patents worldwide, the report provides valuable insight into the state of patent protection on a global scale. 

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    June 28, 2015

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