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Commercial/transactions

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  1. Intellectual property: commercial/transactions
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

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One client notes that Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co’s IP team is ‘more responsive and easier to work with’ than international law firms. Amit Dat and department head Reuven Behar have experience establishing multinational corporate partnership and licensing agreements for global players such as Google Israel and AGT International. The team’s expertise also covers fintech and broadcast and print media.

Headed by David Mirchin, the commercial IP group at Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is one of the most sought after firms for commercial data and privacy matters. The team has strengths in negotiating IP transfers with universities and R&D centres and has also structured cross-border commercialisation agreements in challenging jurisdictions. Clients include Amazon, Facebook and GSK.

S. Horowitz & Co is recognised in the market for its formidable IP practice, particularly in the field of biotech and pharmaceuticals. Acting for the commercialisation arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Anthony Bloch has finalised collaboration agreements with academic institutions and global corporates such as Janssen Pharmaceutical and Pfizer.

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary’s IP department has experience advising public and private companies on cross-border tech transfer, development and licensing agreements. Practice head Ian Rostowky has regulatory expertise and the commercial experience to handle the IP aspects of complex M&A. Notable clients include Wise, a Weizmann Institute accelerator programme.

H-F & Co. is well known for assisting start-ups and listed companies with the IP aspects of cross-border M&A and financing transactions. Adi Gillat’s IP team also advises innovative tech developers on commercial agreements and acted for Vlocity in the integration of its CRM data services with Cellcom’s cloud service.

Herzog Fox & Neeman is consistently involved in large IP-driven investment transactions and is experienced in cross-border commercial agreements in challenging sectors such as defence and online gaming. Karen Elburg works for clients such as Microsoft, and Ronen Hausirer and Gal Eschet are also key contacts.

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz’s offices in the US and UK assist the firm in its handling of outbound cross-border IP commercialisation agreements. Led by Zeev Pearl, the group is especially active in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. Mark Cohen and Yael Baratz are other contacts in the department.

The IP group at Yigal Arnon & Co has experience in commercial and corporate IP agreements involving healthcare and medical devices, IT and data, and media and entertainment. Barry Levenfeld and Daniel Green have handled some of Israel’s largest tech-driven M&A and development transactions, and Eli Greenbaum has expertise in open source software licensing.

AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co’s Eyal Roy Sage is an ‘expert in the field of IP, media and privacy law’ and has particular expertise in handling trade mark and copyright licensing for television and radio groups. The group also advises Microsoft Israel R&D on the commercialisation of IP and employee inventions.

Barath, Pappo, Betser, Floom, Schrieber & Co. (BFP & Co.) has experience in tech transfers and highly sensitive cross-border technology licensing transactions. Haleli Barath advised a security and defence company on a licensing transaction with an Asian counterpart.

Drori-Werzansky-Orland & Co. provides ongoing IP portfolio advice to tech manufacturers and cultural institutions, in addition to clients in fintech and digital currency. Yotam Werzansky Orland and Yonatan Drori are key contacts.

The ‘business-oriented’ IP and tech group at Goldfarb Seligman & Co. has experience handling the global IP aspects of tech-driven M&A. Sharon Aloni also acts for EMC Israel Development Center in R&D arrangements with universities, and structures international transfer, licensing and development agreements.

Shenhav Konforti Rotem & Co. provides a range of commercial IP services to Israeli start-ups and multinationals. Most notably, the team acts for the first Startup Nation tech transfer company authorised by the Council for Higher Education. Avital Zer-Sincai and Maayan Calev jointly lead the group.

Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co.’s IP department has extensive experience in a variety of corporate and commercial IP arrangements, acting for public and private companies, universities and R&D institutions. Tal Karplus jointly heads the practice with Tamir Afori, who joined from Reinhold Cohn & Partners, Reinhold Cohn Group in 2016. The legacy Shibolet firm merged with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. in 2017.

Tony Greenman, Law Offices is among Israel’s most active copyright firms and is highly regarded for assisting major film productions with financing and commercial agreements. Practice head Tony Greenman is admitted to practise in Israel and California.

Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co. has acted in several IP-intensive M&A deals, and has in the past been involved in unique IP development projects. Amir Levitski is the primary contact in the department.


Disputes

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  1. Intellectual property: disputes
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Amira Mangelus - Liad Whatstein & Co. Law Office

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Gilat, Bareket & Co. of Reinhold Cohn Group provides ‘excellent strategic advice’ with an ‘extraordinary level of personal involvement’. The team is highly specialised in patent litigation and also handles trade mark and copyright disputes for such clients as Lacoste. Founding partners David Gilat and Eran Bareket are key contacts and Roy Kornick heads the enforcement practice.

In the opinion of one client, the level of service provided at Liad Whatstein & Co. Law Office is ‘among the highest of any firm in Israel’. Liad Whatstein and Amira Mangelus are noted for their ‘industry knowledge and business acumen’; the two are representing Sanofi in a Supreme Court hearing regarding a significant patent fraud case and are also acting in related class action claims.

Led by Richard Luthi, Luthi & Co is an ‘extraordinarily professional’ boutique providing ‘exceptionally thorough legal and technical analyses’ in patent and trade mark disputes at all levels. Daniel Lerner works ‘tirelessly’ for his clients, and Martin Binnes applies ‘impressive scientific knowledge to develop winning legal arguments’. Clients include Novartis, Gilead and Israel Aerospace Industries.

The ‘extremely capable and experienced team’ at S. Horowitz & Co is, by one client’s estimation, ‘the best IP group in Israel’. Tal Band handles a variety of patent litigation for Teva and the Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Society of the Manufacturers’ Association of Israel. Avi Ordo, a ‘straight-talking, top litigator’, acts in trade mark and copyright disputes for Toyota and NBC Universal.

The ‘thorough and commercially savvy’ team at Adin-Liss, Law Offices has experience in patent opposition and cancellation proceedings and represents well-known retailers and media companies in trade mark and copyright disputes. Dan Adin and Eran Liss ‘consistently exceed client expectations’ and are instructed by the likes of Time Inc, Teva and Abercrombie & Fitch.

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices has handled trade mark and copyright disputes as well as patent-related claims for the firm’s largest corporate clients, such as Philip Morris and Amazon. Practice head Yoav Oestreicher defended Verint in a patent infringement case and, in a separate matter, acted for Rontal in a patent cancellation proceeding.

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz is ‘highly skilled in cross-border trade mark and patent litigation’. Managing partner Zeev Pearl and Yossi Markovich are representing Diehl Defence in what is perhaps Israel’s largest-ever patent opposition in the security and weaponry field. Other notable clients include Dexcel and Yissum Research and Development Company.

Seligsohn Gabrieli & Co is involved in a number of complex patent and trade mark opposition and infringement cases. The team is jointly headed by Ehud Gabrieli and Nahum Gabrieli, the latter of whom successfully represented Israeli Military Industries (now IMI Systems) in patent opposition proceedings against Diehl and Rafael.

Ariel Dubinsky, Law Office is one of the ‘finest boutique firms for IP enforcement and litigation’. Ariel Dubinsky is ‘brilliant’ and acts for international clients such as easyGroup IP Licensing and Ashley Furniture in trade mark litigation.

Guy Kedem Law Office has been instructed by domestic and international clients in complex trade mark litigation. A ‘consummate professional’, Guy Kedem is highly regarded by his clients and is acting for Roshen Confectionery Corporation in a precedential matter concerning the treatment of ex-Soviet marks.

Herzog Fox & Neeman often works in conjunction with international counsel in cross-border trade mark oppositions and patent litigation. Karen Elburg worked alongside UK and EU counsel in a trade mark opposition in the EUIPO and UKIPO and is involved in multiple patent disputes.

The team at M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries has experience in patent, copyright and cross-border trade mark litigation and ADR. Eran Presenti heads the IP group and advises Ziva, a company owned by Israel’s largest media groups established to protect online copyrighted content.

Yaacov Salomon, Lipschütz & Co. has a ‘prominent trade mark and copyright litigation’ practice. A ‘smart, focused and professional litigator’, Narda Ben Zvi joined the firm from Confino Luchtenstein Levy – CLL & Co. and represented Reckitt Benckiser (Near East) in a trade mark dispute with Sano.

Yossi Sivan & Co. is active in significant trade mark litigation and also has experience in design and patent law. Yossi Sivan is ‘highly specialised in acting for international brands’ and successfully defended a copyright infringement claim brought by Apple.


Filing and prosecution

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  1. Intellectual property: filing and prosecution
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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Dr Shlomo Cohen & Co Law Office is among Israel’s best-known IP offices. With extensive expertise in trade marks, copyrights and patents, Shlomo Cohen is instructed by household-name healthcare and media companies.

With extensive experience in the pharmaceuticals, defence and communications industries, Liad Whatstein & Co. Law Office manages IP portfolios and crafts complex prosecution strategies for some of the largest tech and life sciences companies operating in Israel. Name partner Liad Whatstein handles trade mark and patent portfolios and has prosecuted patent term extensions for clients such as Merck, Novartis and Lundbeck.

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is thought by one client to have ‘one of the top IP practices in Israel’. Led by David Mirchin and Yoav Oestreicher, the team manages worldwide trade mark filing and prosecution for clients such as Philip Morris, Nucleix and Glide Talk.

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz is a ‘professional, experienced and truly global’ firm specialising in all things IP. Zeev Pearl has ‘impressive knowledge of patent law’ and has also handled trade mark prosecution and enforcement for clients such as Gett and Telit Wireless Communication. Dor Cohen Zedek heads the trade mark and design patent group, while Mark Cohen focuses on patent and licensing in the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors.

Reinhold Cohn & Partners, Reinhold Cohn Group runs a comprehensive strategic IP practice which covers trade mark, design and patent prosecution. The team is made up of PhDs and MScs in chemistry and life sciences, physics, technology and medical devices. Ilan Cohn, Ehud Hausman and David de Vries are among the firm’s patent experts, while Ronit Barzik-Soffer heads the trade mark practice.

S. Horowitz & Co has a ‘well-established reputation in all areas of intellectual property’, according to sources. Avi Ordo has ‘expertise in Israeli law, but also broad knowledge of legal and business principles applicable worldwide’; Ordo manages trade mark portfolios for DreamWorks, Universal, Allergen and Pelephone Communications.

Seligsohn Gabrieli & Co is among the ‘most experienced, most responsive and most adept’ IP firms in Israel. Alfred Thee heads the firm’s patent department and handles patent filing and prosecution for such clients as General Electric, IMI Systems and Colgate-Palmolive. Nahum Gabrieli and Ehud Gabrieli manage domestic and international trade mark prosecution and copyright portfolios.

Ehrlich Group’s sizeable team comprises experts in a variety of fields, many of whom are licensed patent agents in the US. The firm added several practitioners, including Yehuda Neubauer, who joined from Luthi & Co. Roy Melzer acted for Mobil Technologies regarding one of the most valuable patent applications in Israeli history. Gal Ehrlich is a key contact.

Eitan, Mehulal & Sadot and Co., Advocates, Patent Attorneys has ‘one of the best’ and most active patent prosecution practices in Israel. Sally Gillis is ‘very familiar with the intricacies of patent prosecution’ and manages patent portfolios for multinationals such as Albemarle Corporation.

G&A Glazberg, Applebaum & Co is ‘among Israel’s best patent firms’ and also manages trade mark portfolios. Ziv Glazberg is ‘very knowledgeable in computer science’ and has expertise in cybersecurity. The team handles patent prosecution for Cyber 2.0.

The team at Drori-Werzansky-Orland & Co. handles patent and trade mark prosecution and registration for a number of large Israeli corporates. Yonatan Drori and Yotam Werzansky Orland have considerable regulatory experience and are instructed in worldwide mandates by Safecar.

Herzog Fox & Neeman has a ‘top-notch’ trade mark practice and manages trade mark prosecution and oppositions for domestic and multinational corporates. Karen Elburg heads the IP team and manages trade mark portfolios for 888 Holdings and ATL 3 Limited Partnership.

M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries advises an impressive array of multinational clients on trade mark and patent oppositions and registrations in Israel. Eran Presenti heads the department and is instructed by clients such as HTC Corporation, Bosch Group and IDI Insurance.


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