Israel is a member of:
* The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
* The Madrid Arrangement for the Prevention of False Indications of Origin
* The Nice Arrangement for the International Classification of Goods and Services
* The Lisbon Arrangement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin
Trademark registration in Israel is governed by the Trademarks Ordinance (New Version) – 1972. A trademark may be a logo design, a word, or a combination of both. Three dimensional trademarks are registerable. In addition, service marks, certification marks and collective marks may be registered. In order to be eligible for registration, the mark must be inherently distinctive, in that it is capable of distinguishing the goods or services of its owner from those of other bodies. If the application filed within 6 months of the filing of the first application, priority may be claimed. A mark may be registerable even if not inherently distinctive, if its owner can prove that it has acquired distinctiveness due to extensive use which causes the public to identify it with its owner. Marks may be registered in any language.
1. A specimen for each class of goods or services and its specification mark is a word mark in ordinary type-face
3. Separate applications must be filed for each class. The classification of goods and services in Israel is identical with the International Classification system.
In accordance with the Paris Convention, if a trademark application is filed in Israel within six months of filing a first application in a member state or a member of the World Trade Organization for the same trademark, priority may be claimed from the foreign application. Priority must be claimed within two months of the Israeli filing and a certified copy of the priority document must be submitted to the Israeli Patent Office within twelve months.
1. Names consisting of numbers, letters or words commonly used in trade to describe goods, or which refer directly to their characteristics, unless they have acquired distinctiveness.
2. Names which refer to a geographic area or surname, unless represented in a special manner or unless they have acquired distinctiveness.
3. A mark referring to some connection with the President of Israel and to his patronage.
4. Flags and emblems of the State or its institutions.
5. Public armorial bearings, official signs or seals of any state.
6. A mark in which any of the following words appear: PATENT, PATENTED, BY ROYAL LETTERS PATENT, REGISTERED, REGISTERED DESIGN, COPYRIGHT, or similar.
7. A mark which is or may be injurious to public order or morality.
8. A mark likely to deceive the public, or encourage unfair trade competition; or a mark that contains a false indication of origin.
9. A mark identical with or similar to emblems of exclusive religious significance.
10. A mark on which the representation of a person appears without permission.
11. A mark resembling the name or business of another person, or containing such a name if the mark is likely to deceive the public or to cause unfair competition.
Examination normally commences within nine months to a year of filing. Applications are examined against prior trademarks and for registerability under the Ordinance. Upon acceptance, applications are published and there are three month opposition period commences, culminating in registration of the mark.
A trademark is initially registered for a period of ten years and may be renewed, upon payment of fees, for additional ten year terms, indefinitely. Starting from three years after the registration, a registered trademark may be cancelled on the grounds of non-use.
With first rate attorneys-at-law, we are actively involved in the litigation processes concerning trademark violation in Israel and abroad. Israeli law and the court system provide quite extensive protections to the holder of a registered trademark. In this regard we accompany our clients through the process of registering trademarks for their firms and products. We conduct full searches and advise on the probability of successful registration of chosen trademarks.
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