Some highlights in filing Israeli Patent applications
The Israeli Patent Law is similar to the EPC (European Patent Convention) in several respects: for example in exclusion of medical treatment methods subject matter, and generally regarding a system/apparatus and a related method/process as one invention. Multiple dependency of the claims is allowed.
Patent applications may be filed in English.
The filing fee is low and there are no maintenance fees to pay until grant. Our experience is that the Israel Patent Office generally does a high-quality and fair examination.
Applicants are entitled to invoke Section 17c of the Israeli Patent Law, during the examination of the application. The invokation is essentially a “me too” procedure wherein the Israeli Examiner is requested to view the claims as novel and having inventive step and sufficient support from the specification, based on grant of a patent for a corresponding application in selected countries.
The Israel Patent Office has PPH (Patent Prosecution Highway) cooperation agreements with China, USA, EPO, Denmark, Japan, Finland, Canada and Spain.
Patent terms may be extendable up to 5 years if the subject matter is medical devices or a novel pharmaceutical compound. A request for extension must be filed within 90 days of the Israeli Health Ministry issuing a local marketing permit.