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Daniel Feigelson
I'm an Israel-based patent practitioner who practices before both the Israel and U.S. Patent Offices
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This morning the MOJ and Israel PTO posted a call for suggestions for changes to the regulations governing patent oppositions in Israel, and the ILPTO sent out an email notifying recipients of this fact. The deadline for response is June 30, 2021. A similar call for comments was published in... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2021 at America-Israel Patent Law
I recently encountered a bug in the Israel PTO’s system for sending notices to applicants and practitioners. Once upon a time, the Israel PTO sent practitioners paper copies of correspondence. That’s mostly gone by the wayside (patent certificates are the notable exception that still sent by snail mail). But the... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2021 at America-Israel Patent Law
James Meigs has a piece in the newest edition of Commentary entitled "Thank God For Big Pharma". It doesn't say anything that's not already familiar to people involved in the pharmaceutical development process, but it's still a good read. My only criticism: he doesn't mention Bayh-Dole, but he does discuss... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2021 at America-Israel Patent Law
Thank God for bureaucrats – where would we citizens of the modern state be without them? Nearly five-and-a-half years after rolling out its less-than-stellar electronic filing system for patents without significant beta-testing or public input, the Israel PTO has now re-done its website, apparently without warning – and, evidently, again... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2021 at America-Israel Patent Law
On Thursday, May 20 at noon eastern time, the AIPLA Israel Practice Committee, in conjunction with the Israel Patent Attorneys Association, will be putting conducting an online session about provisional patent applications in Israel and some related matters. Yours truly will be one of the speakers. There is no cost,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2021 at America-Israel Patent Law
Today marks the end of the shloshim period following the passing of Judith Abrahams. Although I spoke with her a few times over the years, I don’t think I ever met her personally, which is remarkable considering that we ran in similar circles: we lived in the same city for... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2021 at America-Israel Patent Law
The USPTO has its Gazette, which publishes faithfully every Tuesday at 12:01 AM (a fact that provided the title for my brother’s entertaining but sadly now mostly-defunct blog). The Israel PTO has its Patents Journal (and the corresponding Trademarks Journal and Designs Journal), which publishes sometime on the last workday... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2021 at America-Israel Patent Law
Anyone who grew up watching television commercials in the USA in the 1970’s and 1980’s is familiar with the phrase “new and improved”. This was the line used by marketing departments whenever they made a change to an existing product – it’s a “new and improved” detergent formulation, or fried... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2021 at America-Israel Patent Law
This morning the Israel PTO sent out a notice that its new patent search database will be going online this Thursday, March 11, and as a result, the electronic filing system will be down from 15:00 on March 10 through 07:00 on March 11. What new patent search database, you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2021 at America-Israel Patent Law
As reported previously here, here and here, late last spring the ILPTO proposed instituting a mechanism for the filing of provisional applications in Israel. In an effort to ostensibly gather input from the public, the ILPTO held two Zoom meetings, one in June in one in July. I say “ostensibly”... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at America-Israel Patent Law
I’ve blogged before about how a good thing became less good when it was codified in the statute, specifically §17(c) of the Israel Patent statute, enacted in 1995, which codified what had until then been an Israel PTO practice: you get a corresponding patent allowed in certain other jurisdictions, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2021 at America-Israel Patent Law
Once upon a time, patents only became public upon issuance. Then someone realized that it might be good if patent applications were published earlier in the patenting process. Among other things, early publication allows companies to see what their competitors are up to, and to decide whether or not to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2020 at America-Israel Patent Law
According to Forbes, KFC (the company that us old guys still refer to as "Kentucky Fried Chicken", just like we still talk about the Sears Tower) posted this video yesterday on Twitter to announce its new combined gaming console and chicken warmer. The idea is certainly plausible: instead of just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2020 at America-Israel Patent Law
One of the aspects of being a patent attorney that I enjoy is learning how seemingly simple things we take for granted in modern life are not so simple. I’m not talking computers and smartphones, which no one assumes are simple. I’m talking things like, how does a potato chip... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2020 at America-Israel Patent Law
Yesterday, the Israel PTO published a "Call for Comments" about possible changes to the Patent Statute. Formally, it was the Justice Ministry that published the document, but enough of the content focuses on the patent examination process that it's clear that the ideas in the document originated with the Patent... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2020 at America-Israel Patent Law
Last week I went to log into my ePCT account. WIPO gives you a choice of doing with or without "strong" identification, but only the latter allows you take certain actions. There are three ways to do "strong" identification, namely with a digital certificate provided by WIPO, by getting a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2020 at America-Israel Patent Law
Classic joke: Schwartz dies, and as his family is going through his things, in the pocket of one of his suits they discover a 15-year-old claim check for a pair of shoes under repair. They assume it’s unlikely the shoes are still there, but just in case, Schwartz’s son goes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at America-Israel Patent Law
We've refrained from ragging on the ILPTO electronic filing system for a while. Partly that's because criticizing IL-EFS is like shooting fish in a barrel, partly that's because no one wants to hear a perpetual complainer. If you don't like reading whines/rants/gripes, read no further. But if you too suffer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2020 at America-Israel Patent Law
This is longish post, prompted by a comment made by Dennis Crouch at his PatentlyO blog. Since much of it deals with the background of the Hatch-Waxman amendment, with which some readers are familiar, I’ll cut to the chase: in discussing the recent CAFC decision in Valeant v Mylan, Dennis... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2020 at America-Israel Patent Law
The Israel PTO announced last week that its PPH and PCT-PPH agreements with the European Patent Office, which were due to expire in January 2021, have been extended indefinitely. These programs allow applicants to expedite the examination of an application in one of these jurisdictions based on a positive examination... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2020 at America-Israel Patent Law
Yesterday I wrote about Tom Lehrer dedicating his songs to the public. Turns out that his output includes a song that’s a wonderful illustration of technological obsolescence. But a word of background. The idea behind patents is that by disclosing technological innovations in a manner that enables others to copy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2020 at America-Israel Patent Law
We refer to patents, trademarks and copyrights as "intellectual property" in part because they have attributes of what we normally think of as tangible property. Just as ownership of tangible property – a piece of land or a bicycle – allows us to say who can and can’t use our... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at America-Israel Patent Law
Not really. But the ILPTO's emailing today of a link to the recent announcement that Trinidad & Tobago has joined the Madrid Protocol reminded me of this classic Bill Murray scene. In more ways than one. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2020 at America-Israel Patent Law
The letter below came to my attention recently. It was sent out by two professors in administrative positions at one of Israel’s institution of higher education. Can you spot the errors? Greetings All, Maintaining records of laboratory work is important for the day-to-day activities of collaborative research within a group... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at America-Israel Patent Law
I’ve been writing this blog on and off for over ten years, and I don’t think that until now I’ve strayed beyond IP-related things. I guess there’s a first time for everything. I was a chemistry major in college. My favorite course was my sophomore year organic chemistry course, a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2020 at America-Israel Patent Law