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  1. Intellectual property: filing and prosecution: patents
  2. Intellectual property: filing and prosecution: trade marks and copyrights
  3. Leading individuals: Intellectual property: filing and prosecution: patents
  4. Leading individuals: Intellectual property: filing and prosecution: trade marks and copyrights

Leading individuals: Intellectual property: filing and prosecution: patents

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Drori-Werzansky-Orland & Co. advises domestic and international corporates on the protection of trade mark and patent portfolios, where it is 'proficient in a number of technologies'. Jointly headed by Yotam Werzansky and Yonatan Drori, the team acts for well-known clients in the software, retail and manufacturing industries. Also of note, the firm is retained by foreign law firms and IP firms in relation to IP filing, prosecution and protection in Israel.

Ehrlich & Fenster of Ehrlich Group is a full-service IP group, which handles patent and trade mark prosecution, management and enforcement. Led by Gal Ehrlich, the team handles strategic IP management for the tech-transfer offices of several Israeli universities, including Ben Gurion University, Weizmann Institute of Science, and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The patent group, which includes Roy Melzer and Revital Green, also handles patent prosecution for multinational clients such as Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Stratasys, and Huawei. Yehuda Neubauer heads the trade mark group, and is engaged by FC Barcelona, Bacardi, LG Corporation, Playtech Software, Polo-Ralph Lauren, and Protalix Biotherapeutics, among others. Also recommended are Hadassa Waterman, who leads the biotech practice, and Maier Fenster, who heads the medical devices department. Of note, Waterman assisted Memed Diagnostics, which is considered one of the most promising European medical companies, with obtaining patents in the field of diagnostics in the US.

Eitan, Mehulal & Sadot and Co., Advocates, Patent Attorneys has recently experienced marked growth both in terms of personnel and caseload, which includes work from domestic and international corporates across a variety of trade mark and patent mandates. One key contact in the team is Sally Gillis, who co-heads the patent group and also leads the copyright practice. Gillis, who is highly regarded by clients and peers, has handled dozens of patent applications for one of the Israeli Patent Office's most active foreign filers; she is also engaged by multiple international pharmaceutical groups in relation to patent prosecution and portfolio management. Another figure in the patent group is Joel Vidal, who has advised a global communications provider on nearly 100 worldwide patent applications. Shirley Gal leads the trade marks practice and advises a number of well-known Israeli corporates on domestic and international trade mark enforcement and prosecution.

Ellen B. Shankman & Associates is a boutique brand protection firm led by name partner Ellen Shankman. Shankman is widely known in the global trade mark arena, where she advises major multinational clients on portfolio management in Israel, and also advises Israeli corporates on trade mark and design registration abroad. The firm's clients include some of the world's most recognisable corporates in the fields of technology, pharmaceuticals and computer hardware; indeed, many of Shankman's clients are Fortune 500, Fortune 100 and Fortune 20 companies.

G&A Glazberg, Applebaum & Co has 'very strong capabilities in patent work' and 'is especially strong in the field of computer sciences'. Zvi Glazberg is hailed as 'an extremely smart, inventive and communicative lawyer', who has 'a real understanding of software' as well as experience in AI and cyber-related patent work. Glazberg handles Israeli patent work for clients such as IBM, Anagog, Cyber 2.0, and WalkMe, the last of which was voted Israel's most promising start-up in 2016. Moreover, the team handles worldwide patent portfolio management for Zeep HK and AKCess Pro. Other key clients in the patent space include Amiad Water Systems and OSR Enterprises. The firm also handles trade mark prosecution and worldwide enforcement. Glazberg manages trade mark portfolios for clients such as CommonSense Robotics, JM Smucker Company, and Innovid.

Herzog Fox & Neeman runs a 'collegial and approachable' IP team that is 'an absolute pleasure to work with'. Aside from its 'top-notch client service', the team is 'highly analytical and commercially minded' and its international pedigree makes it an attractive choice for international corporates seeking trade mark prosecution and strategic IP advice in Israel. Led by Karen Elburg, the IP group has particular expertise in the online gaming sector, where it advises multinational clients such as 888 Holdings on trade mark strategy, filing and prosecution in relation to its worldwide portfolio. Elburg also handles Israeli prosecution for foreign filers, including Turkish Airlines. Given the team's strength in securities, investment funds and banking, Elburg also handles IP strategy and trade mark prosecution for a number of investment funds and forex trading platforms. The team is also active in the agriculture sector, where it advises multiple seed manufacturers on worldwide trade mark management.

Liad Whatstein & Co. Law Office is perhaps best known for its IP litigation capabilites, though the firm also maintains an active trade mark management and application practice, and has experience with patent applications and patent term extensions. The team is led by Liad Whatstein, who helps to manage the Israeli trade mark portfolio of clients, including Hearst Corporation, Grey Goose, Viacom, Hyundai, Paramount Pictures, FIFA, and Merck. Whatstein's IP disputes practice is particularly standout in the pharmaceuticals sector, and this sector experience extends to filing and prosecution. The team advises clients including Novartis, AbbVie, Lundbeck, and Sanofi. Amira Mangelus is another key contact.

Luthi+Webb is the result of a combination of one of the market's leading IP litigation firms and a prosecution firm led by Cynthia Webb. With an advanced chemistry degree and a PhD in immunology, Webb is particularly active in patent prosecution and opposition procedures in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors. Key clients in the pharmaceuticals industry include Mapi Pharma and Kamada. Additionally, the team is engaged by a number of research institutions, including Tel Hashomer Medical Research, Hadasit Medical Research Services & Development, Technion Research and Development Foundation, and Yissum Research Development Company.

When it comes to 'research analyses and investigatory skills', the team at M. Firon & Co Advocates and Notaries 'truly excels'. Indeed, the IP department is 'more than capable' of resolving a full range of trade mark issues. Led by Eran Presenti, the team handles Israeli trade mark registration for a number of major multinationals, including Baidu, Dell, and HTC Corporation. Presenti also handles trade mark and patent protection and management for Immatics Biotechnologies, Millennium Marketing, Bosch Group, and Cardinal Health, as well as many of the firm's domestic corporate clients.

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices stands out for its strong international client base, which the team advises on the management and protection of large trade mark portfolios. Further, the IP department has assisted large Israeli corporates with the coordination of worldwide trade mark filings. The department is jointly headed by Adv David Mirchin and Adv Yoav Oestreicher, the latter of whom manages the Israeli trade mark portfolio of clients such as Philip Morris, Cadence Design Systems, and Cell Design Labs. Acting for domestic clients, Mirchin advises Gazit Globe and Start-Up Nation Central on the coordination of trade mark filings in the US, Canada and Europe. Also of note, Ariel Rakover assisted Qatar Airways with the filing and prosecution of a series of design applications concerning the client's design of aeroplane seats.

Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz is 'experienced in every facet of the IP market' and provides 'intimate partner involvement in each and every filing procedure'. One of the firm's major attractions is its global network. With offices and key partners in Israel, the US and the UK, the team is able to manage the contentious and non-contentious aspects of major international IP portfolios. Managing partner Zeev Pearl handles worldwide patent applications for Sanofi and also handles Israeli patent applications for another prominent international pharmaceuticals company. Life sciences practice head Mark Cohen, who splits his time between New York and Tel Aviv, has been involved in worldwide patent applications for OPKO Health and Sol-Gel Technologies. The trade marks group is headed by Dor Cohen-Zedek, who advises a number of high-end fashion brands on trade mark strategy and prosecution. Moreover, the team handles design, trade mark and patent portfolios for clients such as Elbit Systems, Sodastream Industries, Aspect Imaging, and Yeda Research and Development Company.

Reches Patents is 'responsive, highly technical and very quick to get to the central ideas of a client's inventions' and provides 'high-quality service at a very reasonable price'. The team is led by Oren Reches, whose background is in electrical engineering, though the firm also has dedicated consultants in the fields of chemistry and medical equipment. Reches is engaged by prolific Israeli corporates, some of which he has worked with for over a decade. In just one example, Reches has assisted Camtek with the development of its worldwide patent portfolio, which has included patent applications in the US, Europe and Asia. Other key clients include Applied Materials, Infinidat and Mobi-Wize.

Reinhold Cohn & Partners, Reinhold Cohn Group is among Israel's largest specialist IP firms, with 'outstanding capabilities' in patents, trade marks and copyrights. In particular, the patent team is further divided into specialist groups, including life sciences and chemistry, technology, physics, plant breeding and designs. Key figures in the team include Ilan Cohn and Svetlana Stadler, who manage patent portfolios for clients such as Velox Digital Printing. Cohn also handles strategic patent mandates for Strauss Water, and advises Sanara Ventures, an investment firm formed by Teva and Philips, on patent due diligence in relation to its investment activity. The trade mark department is led by Ronit Barzik-Soffer, who handles trade mark portfolios for a litany of international companies across a range of sectors; Barzik-Soffer is engaged by clients including Turner Broadcasting, MasterCard International, ExxonMobil, CrossFit, Renault, and AstraZeneca. David de Vries and Ena Pugatsch jointly head the mechanics and technology department, and Ehud Hausman leads the hi-tech practice. Also recommended is Tamar Morag-Sela, who has expertise in 'ag-tech', 'food-tech' and plant breeders' rights.

S. Horowitz & Co provides multinational clients with 'efficient and cost-effective advice' in relation to the protection and expansion of their trade mark portfolios in Israel. The wider IP group is led by Tal Band, while Avi Ordo heads the IP prosecution practice. Ordo is engaged by clients such as DreamWorks Animation, Allergan, Toyota Motors Corporation and Sociedad Anónima Damm in relation to the protection of its existing trade mark portfolio and the applications for new trade marks in Israel. In this context, the team also acts for major domestic clients, including Pelephone Communications, Paz Oil Company, and Reshet Media. In the international space, the department is advising an Israeli restaurant group on trade mark renewals in the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia. Other key clients include Anheuser-Busch InBev, Teva, Universal City Studios, and Nu Skin Enterprises.

Seligsohn Gabrieli & Co is 'a high-quality IP firm', which 'approaches its legal practice with an international perspective, which international companies find especially beneficial'. The team has notable strengths in patents, trade marks, copyrights, and designs. A key figure in the patent space is Alfred Thee, who handles Israeli patent prosecutions for Colgate Palmolive Company and General Electric Company. Additionally, Nahum Gabrieli, who co-heads the department, handles patent prosecution for a major company in the defense sector and also helps manage trade mark portfolios for clients in the software, luxury brands, manufacturing, consumer products and healthcare industries. Department co-head Ehud Gabrieli focuses on trade mark prosecution and management mandates and works with clients such as IBM and JBS Textile Group.

Soroker Agmon Nordman, Advocates & Patent Attorneys is an IP boutique with strengths in patent and trade mark disputes, prosecution and portfolio management. The firm is jointly led by Eran Soroker and Jonathan Agmon, the latter of whom is a foreign registered lawyer in Singapore and is licensed to practice in Israel and the US. The team handles patent work for clients in the software, pharmaceuticals, media and hi-tech industries, and successfully registered a number of unique trade marks in 2017-2018, including a colour shade mark and a 3D mark. The trade mark department is led by Naama Selka; Sharone Godesh heads the patent department.

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