Patent registration is one of the most useful ways to protect your intellectual property in the world today. Each country has a specific process to follow to receive this benefit, so you must go through the application process for every market you wish to offer goods or services.
Many countries offer reciprocal patents based on the evidence of a previous successful application for the same idea, invention, or process.
The registration process goes through the Israeli Patent Authority. An examination occurs to determine whether the application complies with national laws and regulations. It usually a much less formal process than what you would experience in other countries.
It is a fair process that looks at the usefulness, inventiveness, applicability, and novelty of the invention.
Are All Inventions Eligible for a Patent?
Some inventions are not eligible for patent protection. Particular methods that are necessary for medical treatments are disqualified, as are mathematical formulas. The methods for doing business in the country do not qualify either.
Israel takes the European approach to software-related inventions when pursuing a patent for your intellectual property.
You do have the option to expedite the process if there is a third party using your claimed invention. Environmentally-friendly IP qualifies for a faster exam as well, although both options do require an additional fee.
If your patent is approved, then it may be in effect for 20 years from its filing date. As part of the patent registration process, you must pay maintenance fees to keep the IP protections in place. Delays in paying these costs could result in an abandonment of the patent.
Although this process can be lengthy, it is also an effective way to ensure that your intellectual property doesn’t get into unauthorized hands. Start your registration today to make sure you can protect your idea right away.