Israel

Four key relationships at the heart of Teva’s pharmaceutical trademark management – exclusive interview

Laurence Rickles, chief trademark counsel at Teva, provides tips for successful pharmaceuticals brand rights management, and the four relationships that success depends on.

Four key relationships at the heart of Teva’s pharmaceutical trademark management – exclusive interview
24 Jul 2018

“Don’t panic” – new entrants to Madrid Protocol give mixed feedback on their experience since accession

​​​​​​​Law firm practitioners in jurisdictions that have adopted the Madrid Protocol in recent years have shared their experience in an exclusive survey. While some praised the system, other were scathing about its impact.

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21 May 2019

ILPTO upholds registration of former Soviet trademarks for sweets

The Israel Patent and Trademark Office has considered an interesting dispute concerning several marks registered in the name of two major Russian confectionery manufacturers for sweets from the Soviet era. Read more

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Israel

According to the Customs Ordinance, Customs is entitled to detain imported goods that are suspected of infringing trademarks. It is possible, although not mandatory, for rights holders to file a complaint while recording their registered trademarks with Customs.  Read more

28 Jan 2019

ILPTO allows only partial registration of CAL AUTO due to confusing similarity with major credit company’s CAL mark

The Israel Patent and Trademark Office has partially upheld an opposition filed by a major credit company, Israel Credit Cards Ltd (abbreviated in Hebrew as ‘CAL’), against an application for the registration of CAL AUTO. Read more

8 Jan 2019

Protecting and enforcing design rights: Israel

A design will be considered new if an identical design, or a design that differs only in non-essential details, has not been made available to the public before its disclosure date. Read more

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Anti-counterfeiting

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24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Israel

According to the Customs Ordinance, Customs is entitled to detain imported goods that are suspected of infringing trademarks. It is possible, although not mandatory, for rights holders to file a complaint while recording their registered trademarks with Customs. Read more

18 May 2017

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Israel

According to the Customs Ordinance, Customs is entitled to detain imported goods that are suspected of infringing trademarks. It is possible, although not mandatory, for rights holders to file a complaint while recording their registered trademarks with Customs. It is highly recommended that such a complaint be filed if the rights holder is aware of specific shipments of infringing goods bound for Israel or if it wishes to bring certain trademarks to the attention of Customs. Read more

Brand management

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26 Jan 2017

Salvador Dali's publicity right found to be alive and kicking

The Central District Court has held that the judge-made right of publicity in respect of the name of Salvador Dali had survived the death of the artist for at least 25 years and devolved on the artist's estate, which was awarded compensation for the unauthorised use of the artist's name. Appeals to the Supreme Court are pending. Read more

13 Jul 2016

Advertising campaign banned for disparaging insurance agents

The Tel Aviv District Court has held that an aggressive advertising campaign commissioned by a dial-in insurance company, which portrayed insurance agents in a negative light, did not give rise to a civil defamation action being directed against a group, but enjoined its continuation on the basis of the tort of false trade description. Read more

Enforcement and litigation

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21 May 2019

ILPTO upholds registration of former Soviet trademarks for sweets

The Israel Patent and Trademark Office has considered an interesting dispute concerning several marks registered in the name of two major Russian confectionery manufacturers for sweets from the Soviet era. Read more

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Israel

According to the Customs Ordinance, Customs is entitled to detain imported goods that are suspected of infringing trademarks. It is possible, although not mandatory, for rights holders to file a complaint while recording their registered trademarks with Customs.  Read more

28 Jan 2019

ILPTO allows only partial registration of CAL AUTO due to confusing similarity with major credit company’s CAL mark

The Israel Patent and Trademark Office has partially upheld an opposition filed by a major credit company, Israel Credit Cards Ltd (abbreviated in Hebrew as ‘CAL’), against an application for the registration of CAL AUTO. Read more

8 Jan 2019

Protecting and enforcing design rights: Israel

A design will be considered new if an identical design, or a design that differs only in non-essential details, has not been made available to the public before its disclosure date. Read more

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21 Sep 2018

New design registration regime: what you need to know 

The new Israeli Design Law recently came into effect, and the Ministry of Justice subsequently published draft new Design Regulations. This update reviews the key points concerning the filing, examination and registration process. Read more

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19 Sep 2016

Restoration of an expunged mark: when paying renewal fee is not enough

One of the more challenging aspects of trademark practice is seeking to restore the validity of an expunged registration. Read more

IP offices

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27 Jun 2017

Israel Patent Office – 2016 Annual Report

The recently published 2016 Annual Report by the Israeli Patent Office (ILPO) summarises its activities and contributions to the IP environment in Israel. An interesting part of the report is dedicated to actions which aim to improve ILPO efficiency. Such actions include, among others, the transition to online services and investment in human resources. Read more

Online

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18 Nov 2016

A change for '.il' domain names

The Israel Internet Association – the registry responsible for running the '.il' namespace – recently announced that the registration and management of '.il' domain names would move to a registrar model. The move took effect this month, when ISOC-IL transferred the registration and management role for all '.il' domain names to accredited registrars. Read more

Portfolio management

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12 Dec 2017

No time limit to cancel trademark registrations filed in bad faith

The Tel Aviv District Court recently rejected a trademark infringement claim which had been filed by the owner of a local furniture chain against the purported use of the mark HABITAT in Israel by Habitat International. Read more

24 Oct 2017

Israeli court addresses relationship between design protection and copyright

The Israeli Supreme Court recently dismissed claims by Fisher Price Inc and Mattel Inc of copyright infringement and passing off in a copy of a rocking chair. Read more

27 Jul 2017

Apple’s iPad Mini registrable despite prior publication

In Apple Inc v The Registrar of Patents, Designs and Trademarks the Jerusalem District Court has overturned a decision by the Registrar of Patents, Designs and Trademarks which had rejected Apple’s Design Application 53627 with respect to the design of a tablet device on the grounds of prior publication. Read more

29 Mar 2017

Trademark procedures and strategies: Israel

The courts have recently addressed the registration of 3D trademarks and slogans as trademarks – ruling that in certain cases, the shape of a product may be protected as a 3D trademark if it has acquired distinctiveness and is used as a trademark, and that a slogan which is filed for registration should be examined in the same manner as any other mark and should not be a priori considered inherently non-distinctive. Read more

Trademark law

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12 Sep 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Israel

While the Trademark Ordinance predominantly provides protection for registered trademarks, it also protects unregistered well-known trademarks. Read more

24 May 2018

No BIG DEAL? Supreme Court confirms likelihood of confusion between marks as used

Israel’s Supreme Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between the word mark BIG DEAL and the stylised mark BIG DEAL. When comparing the marks as used side-by-side, the likelihood of confusion was apparent. Read more

18 May 2018

Flurry of royal wedding marks, Israel added to TMview, and India unveils IP mascot: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a number of trademarks that appear to be related to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the USPTO unveiling a new resource center, the sale of the Toys-R-Us brand, and much more. Read more

14 May 2018

Victory for Barilla: Supreme Court finds competitor's packaging confusingly similar

Israel’s Supreme Court has upheld a temporary injunction preventing Rami Levy from marketing pasta products in blue packaging, finding that it was confusingly similar to well-known pasta producer Barilla's own packaging. Read more

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Cyril Chua
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Singapore, Singapore
Robinson LLC