Some highlights in filing Israeli trademarks
Applications await examination according to their filing dates. As of today the waiting period is 12-15 months after the filing. Trademark examiners check the legitimacy of the application with accordance to the Trade Marks Ordinance [New Version] 5732-1972; the Trademark Regulation 1940 as well as with official work guidelines.
Trademarks and service-marks are initially registered for a 10 year period and must be renewed on or about the 10-year anniversary of the trademark registration.
Trademarks which consist solely of colors or sounds are only registered in special cases (usually well-known marks).
Due to the joining of Israel to the Madrid protocol, an Israeli applicant may submit a single trademark application, which can automatically apply in over 90 countries around the world. The international application is based on a national application or on a national registration.
An opposition to grant of a trademark may be filed up to three months after the decision to grant the trademark, and a request to cancel the registration may be filed thereafter. One of the grounds to cancel the registration may be lack of commercial use for over three years preceding the request.