Around the world, Israel is famous for many things and Israeli patents are one of the most fascinating success stories at the international level. Israel is one of the countries with the highest number of patents per capita and Israeli patents have earned a unique reputation in global industry. That is why giant corporations think of Israel as a powerful force in the world of patents where they register their patents as a matter of course. In the near future, Israeli inventors will be also be able to apply for PCT international patents at the Israeli Patent Office.
There are a number of different ways to make progress with inventions and patents in Israel, including making contact with:
- Technological Incubator Units
- The “Tnufa” Fund
- Venture Capital Funds
- Strategic investors
- Financial investors
- Companies involved in the field in Israel and abroad
- Or – By investing personal capital, etc.
When an Israeli inventor files an application for patent in Israel, the applicant is given a priority date, which means that the applicant has one year to submit other applications for patent around the world and to submit an application for a PCT international patent, which makes it possible to apply for patent in individual countries around the world within two and a half years from the priority date.
Usually, Israeli patents are examined after periods of time ranging from two to four years, but it can take longer. Patent examination periods can be shortened in Israel when a special acceleration process is implemented.
After the stage at which the application for patent is filed with the Israel Patent Office, the name of the inventor, the name of the patent and the filing date are published in the Patent Journal. Details of the application for patent, the claims, the drawings, etc. remain confidential at this stage and they are not published.
In Israel, the patents are published at a later stage and only after the Israeli examiner has examined them and has determined that they are worthy of patent. In Israel, applications for patent can be filed in either Hebrew or English, but most inventors submit their applications in English, which makes it simple to use the details set out in the Israeli patent in other countries around the world.