Israeli Intellectual Property Lawyer

By: Adv. Eli Shimony

As a rapidly growing hub for innovation and technology, Israel has a strong need for robust intellectual property (IP) laws to protect the rights of creators, inventors, and businesses. In this article, we will examine the basics of Israeli IP law and the role of an Israeli intellectual property lawyer in safeguarding these rights.

Historical Context of Israeli IP Law.

The modern state of Israel was established in 1948 and since then, it has undergone a rapid transformation into a leading center for innovation and technology. In order to foster this growth and protect the rights of creators and inventors, Israel has put in place a comprehensive legal framework for IP rights.

Overview of Israeli IP Law.

The Israeli IP law provides protection for a variety of forms of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. These laws are designed to give inventors and creators exclusive rights to their creations, allowing them to control how they are used and exploited.

Patents in Israeli IP Law.

Patents are a type of IP right that give the inventor exclusive rights to their invention for a limited period of time, usually 20 years from the date of filing. In Israel, patents are granted by the Israeli Patent Office and are subject to a rigorous examination process to ensure that the invention is novel and non-obvious.

Under Israeli law, a patentable invention must be novel, non-obvious, and have a practical application. Additionally, the invention must not be in the public domain or already known to the public. To be eligible for a patent, the invention must also be fully and clearly described in the patent application.

Trademarks in Israeli IP Law.

A trademark is a symbol, design, or word that is used to identify and distinguish a particular product or service from those of others. In Israel, trademarks are protected under the Trademark Ordinance of 1977 and are registered with the Israeli Trademark Office.

To be eligible for trademark protection in Israel, a trademark must be distinctive and not similar to any existing trademarks. The trademark must also not be misleading or offensive, and must not infringe on any existing IP rights.

Copyrights in Israeli IP Law.

Copyright law in Israel is governed by the Copyright Act of 2007, which provides protection for original works of authorship, including literary works, musical works, and artistic works. In Israel, copyrights are automatic and do not require registration. However, registering a copyright can provide evidence of ownership and make it easier to enforce the copyright in court.

Under Israeli copyright law, the owner of a copyrighted work has the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, perform, and display the work. Additionally, the owner of a copyrighted work has the right to authorize others to use the work and to receive compensation for its use.

Trade Secrets in Israeli IP Law.

Trade secrets are confidential information that provides a business with a competitive advantage. In Israel, trade secrets are protected under the Unfair Competition Prevention Law of 1996. This law prohibits the misappropriation of trade secrets, including the unauthorized use or disclosure of confidential information.

To be protected as a trade secret in Israel, the information must be confidential and have commercial value. Additionally, the owner of the trade secret must have taken reasonable steps to keep the information confidential.

The Role of Israeli Intellectual Property Lawyers.

An Israeli Intellectual property lawyer plays a critical role in protecting the rights of inventors, creators, and businesses in Israel. These lawyers advise clients on the best ways to protect their IP rights, including filing for patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and enforcing those rights in court if necessary.

In the field of patent law, IP lawyers assist clients in preparing and filing patent applications, conducting patent searches to ensure that the invention is novel, and representing clients in patent office proceedings and disputes. They also advise clients on the commercial exploitation of their patents, including licensing and enforcing their rights against infringement.

In the field of trademark law, IP lawyers assist clients in selecting and registering trademarks, enforcing their trademarks against infringement, and representing clients in trademark office proceedings and disputes. They also advise clients on the proper use of trademarks and the protection of their trademark rights.

In the field of copyright law, Israeli IP lawyers advise clients on the protection and enforcement of their copyrights, including negotiating and drafting licensing agreements, representing clients in copyright infringement disputes, and advising on the transfer of copyrights.

Finally, in the field of trade secret law, IP lawyers assist clients in protecting their confidential information and trade secrets, including advising on the measures necessary to maintain the confidentiality of the information and representing clients in trade secret disputes.


In conclusion, Israeli IP law provides robust protection for a variety of forms of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. An Israeli Intellectual property lawyer plays a critical role in advising clients on the best ways to protect their IP rights and in representing them in IP disputes. With its growing economy and thriving tech sector, Israel continues to be an important player in the global IP landscape and a hub for innovation and creativity.


The Copyright Act of 2007.
The Trademark Ordinance of 1972.
The Israeli Patent Office regulations.

Eli Shimony – Israeli law firm & a Trademark Lawyer in Tel Aviv who represents clients on all legal matters in Israel. For any questions please contact us and we will be happy to assist.
By email: [email protected], By phone: +972-52-2769773, +972-3-5507155.
The above is only general information and does not replace legal advice which is usually necessary before taking legal proceedings.


Adv. Eli Shimony

Attorney Eli Shimony holds a bachelor's degree in law (LL.B) and a master's degree in business administration (MBA), brings a broad legal knowledge in his areas of expertise. In addition, attorney Shimony holds a wide range of professional certifications in the fields of civil law, banking, compliance, intellectual property, corporate law and more... Attorney Shimony's main areas of practice: Civil and Commercial Litigation, Class actions, Mediation and Arbitration, Intellectual Property, Companies, Real estate, Wills and Inheritances, Monetary claims, Crypto Currencies, Banking, Compliance and Investments.

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