Intellectual property: commercial/transactions in Israel
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is active in every sector in which IP is a primary concern, including technology, start-ups and venture capital funds, and telecoms and media. The firm's strong corporate and investment capabilities are matched by a team of licensing and commercialisation experts led by Amit Dat. Dat handles a range of branding, licensing and IP development matters for AGT International, and also serves as Israeli counsel to Heed, a joint venture comprising AGT and WME-IMG, which aims to create connected events and venues for sports, media and entertainment events. Additionally, Dat advised Israel Discount Bank on its acquisition of certain technology from a fintech solutions company, and is also assisting the company with proposed collaborations involving open source software usage and cybersecurity. The team also handles a litany of commercialisation matters for media productions companies and major Israeli television broadcasters. Other key clients include Claridge Israel and Google Israel, the latter of which the team is advising, as Israeli counsel, on a cross-border technology project. Associate Omri Rachum-Twaig is also recommended.
H-F & Co.
H-F & Co. has 'a team of real IP experts with outstanding abilities in its field'. The firm is among the standout players in the field of hi-tech, and its IP team is perhaps best known for advising Israeli growth companies on out-licensing deals with multinational corporates. Adi Gillat, who heads the IP practice, advised Elastifile on licensing transactions with Dell and Google, and is also advising JPU.IO on its various options for IP commercialisation, which includes negotiations with AT&T and Deutsche Telecom. In addition, Gillat has advised Moovit App on major commercial transactions with Uber, Lyft, and Keolis. Moreover, the team has been involved in some of the largest M&A transactions in the hi-tech space, and is also acting for Vlocity in relation to the integration by Cellcom of the client's cloud-based customer-relations management technology. Other key clients include Google, Airobotics, Gett, and the founders of Waze.
The team at Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices is best known for advising Israeli corporates on high-value out-licensing agreements with well-known companies in the cyber, software, pharmaceuticals, fintech and media sectors. Led by Adv David Mirchin, the IP group assisted TVersity with the licensing of media management software to several European telecoms providers, and also advised FST Biometrics on service agreements with large US-based retailers such as Home Depot. Additionally, Mirchin has advised CloudAlly on all privacy matters and commercial agreements, which has included an outsourcing development agreement with a Russia-based counterparty. The team is also engaged by large international corporates in the software, pharmaceuticals, consumer products and e-commerce sectors. On that side of the practice, Mirchin regularly handles in-licensing agreements, but also advises on regulatory issues such as data protection.
Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Advocates and Notary is engaged by technology incubators and domestic and international corporates in relation to a variety of licensing and R&D agreements - domestic and cross-border. Of particular note, the team acts for the Israel Innovation Authority, formerly known as the Office of the Chief Scientist, in a range of issues including R&D projects with EU parties. Led by Ian Rostowsky, the department is engaged by incubators such as MindUP, Wise, and The Kitchen FoodTech Hub, the last of which Rostowsky advised on a development and licensing agreement with the Israel Institute for Biological Research concerning anti-bacterial coating in the food industry. Rostowsky also advised Novotalk on a joint venture and exclusive licensing agreement with Hadassah Medical Center for the use of Novotalk's technology in Israel.
Herzog Fox & Neeman has 'a super-capable IP department', which is 'up-to-date with all the market trends that are vital for commercial negotiations with the industry's top companies'. The team has particular expertise in the IP aspects of large cross-border M&A, where it has acted for major multinationals such as Salesforce, Aristocrat Leisure, and Facebook. Moreover, the department has experience in licensing and development transactions across a range of sectors. Dan Sharot has advised Medisafe on commercial transaction with various pharmaceuticals companies, including collaboration agreements with Merck and Gilead Science. Sharot also assisted Assured with a collaboration agreement with Maccabi Health Services involving the development of algorithmic software for the analysis of digitised patient data. Department head Karen Elburg is also recommended.
Horn & Co
Horn & Co has particular strengths in life sciences and pharmaceuticals, and is consistently involved in high-profile out-licensing transactions with some of the industries' most significant players, domestically and internationally. The firm is led by Yuval Horn, a highly respected name in the Israeli market. In a highlight matter, Horn and Keren Kanir advised a biotech company on an extremely high-value collaboration agreement with a global pharmaceutical company for the discovery and development of certain protein technology. Additionally, the duo acted for a joint venture comprising Pontifax Venture Capital Fund and Arkin Holdings in relation to an exclusive licensing agreement with NYU concerning an invention in the field of cancer immuno-therapy. In domestic deals, Ohad Mamann advised LDD Advanced Technologies on an exclusive licensing agreement with Yissum Research and Development Company. Other key clients include Vascular Biogenics, Protalix Biotherapeutics, and Pantheon Biosciences.
Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz is an established name in Israel's IP market, and with strong practices in hi-tech and healthcare, the firm is regularly involved in domestic and multinational licensing transactions, clinical trials, and R&D agreements. In a stand-out matter, Zeev Pearl and Hili Rashkovan advised Phinergy on a $73m out-licensing agreement with China's Yunnan Aluminium. Mark Cohen, who splits his time between the firm's Tel Aviv and New York offices, is acting for Ayala Pharmaceuticals in relation to the establishment of an exclusive worldwide licensing arrangement with Bristol-Myers Squibb. In the domestic market, Yael Baratz and Marcella Eytan advised an R&D company on a collaborative research, option and licensing agreement with a medtech company involving technology for the detection of the cell origin of tissue-specific DNA. Baratz is also engaged by the tech-transfer arm of Hadassah Medical Organisation. Also recommended is Haim Ravia, who specialises in cyber, data protection and internet law, and has advised ACUM on multiple licensing deals with international music services.
S. Horowitz & Co is experienced handling in-licensing transactions and is perhaps best known for advising Yeda Research and Development Company, the commercialisation arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Keith Shaw advised Yeda on a tripartite licensing agreement for cancer immuno-therapy with an Ivy League university and an Israeli start-up company. Further, department head Anthony Bloch advises Yeda on collaboration agreements with Israeli academic institutions and international pharmaceutical companies. Also in the pharmaceuticals sector, Shaw is advising a leading Israeli corporate on licensing and distribution agreements with an international bio-med company. The team has also handled out-licensing transactions.
Shibolet & Co. with Raved, Magriso, Benkel & Co. is engaged by Israeli corporates in the healthcare, agtech and media sectors, and also handles commercial agreements for multiple tech-transfer and commercialisation organisations. The IP department is jointly headed by Tamir Afori and Tal Karplus, the latter of whom acts for tech incubator Trendlines Medical and its portfolio companies in relation to various commercial IP agreements, including recent in-license deals with Sheba Medical Centre and Mor Research Application. Meanwhile, Ofer Ben-Yehuda advised DiaCardio on out-license arrangements with Neusoft Corporation and Philips. Afori has particular experience in the media and leisure industries, where he advises OTT service provider Triple C on broadcast licensing, and also represented the Motion Picture Association in legislative proceedings concerning the Israel Design Law, which was implemented in 2018.
Yigal Arnon & Co has strengths across the spectrum of commercial IP transactions, from domestic and international licensing deals to IP-driven M&A in a huge range of sectors, including fintech, medtech, telecoms and big data. Two key figures in the team are Yoheved Novogroder-Shoshan and Barry Levenfeld, who have assisted FutuRx with a number of commercial agreements, including licensing deals with universities in Germany, the US and South Korea. Novogroder-Shoshan also advised Oculis, a Novartis Venture Fund portfolio company, on licensing agreements with two academic institutions in Iceland. Also recommended is Daniel Green, who is acting for iPharma (Hong Kong), a joint venture formed by BioLineRx and a Chinese investor, in relation to an in-licensing transaction with Boehringer Ingelheim International. The team also has expertise in open source software and semiconductors, and Eli Greenbaum handles a range of commercial IP work for clients such as Autotalks. Further, Greenbaum has advised Minute on commercial IP deals with US sporting bodies, including NFL, MLB, NBA and PGA.
AYR – Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co has particular expertise in royalties negotiations in the media industry and also has experience in commercial transactions in the software and med-tech industries. Of note, department head Eyal Roy Sage acts for The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation in negotiation with Israel's royalty collection societies, and has also assisted the client with a multi-year broadcasting agreement with Union Des Associations Européennes De Football. Further, Roy Sage is advising Israel Credit Cards on the development of certain open source code projects, and has advised Azure PCR on OEM agreements with medical equipment manufacturers. Other key clients include Partner Communications Company, Hot Telecommunications Systems, and El Al Israeli Airlines.
BFP & Co Attorneys & Notary
BFP & Co Attorneys & Notary has expertise in the hi-tech sector, where it has advised Israeli start-ups and growth companies on commercial agreements with a number of large international corporates. Key figures in the team include Haleli Barath and Iris Pappo, both of whom have considerable experience in out-licensing agreements in industries such as software, media, AI, and life sciences.
Drori-Werzansky-Orland & Co.
Drori-Werzansky-Orland & Co. is active across the spectrum of IP matters, from initial registrations and prosecution to eventual disputes, and commercialisation transactions in between. Jointly led by Yonatan Drori and Yotam Werzansky, the team has experience with in-licensing and out-licensing transactions, and is engaged by domestic and international corporates in a range of sectors, including fintech, retail, software and consumer products.
Goldfarb Seligman & Co. has strengths in M&A and investment transactions, particularly in the hi-tech sector, where the IP practice group has handled international licensing and collaboration agreements for clients in the life sciences and software industries, among others. Practice head Sharon Aloni handles all commercial IP matters for Celeno Communications, which has included multi-layer in-licensing and out-licensing transactions with well-known names in the semiconductor industry, such as Cisco Systems, Huawei and Comcast. Another key contact is Sharon Gazit, who heads the corporate and technology department; Gazit recently advised EarlySense on an in-licensing deal with US-based Option Quant, and has also assisted the client with development and service agreements with Samsung and Philips. Further, in support of the firm's corporate activity, the team has been involved in the IP aspects of some of Israel's very largest M&A transactions.
Shenhav Konforti Rotem & Co.
Shenhav Konforti Rotem & Co. is 'a full-service IP firm with a wealth of commercial law experience'. The IP department is led by Maayan Calev, who is engaged by domestic and international clients involved in life sciences, entertainment, semiconductors, and retail and consumer products. In this context, Calev has handled a wide range of licensing and collaboration agreements, and also provides ongoing advice to corporates with a substantial Israeli trade mark portfolio. Additionally, Calev advises a significant tech-transfer group on various commercial agreements, funding activity and IP registration and general management. Another key figure in the team is Amos Konforti.
Tony Greenman, Law Offices is perhaps the market's leading firm in copyright protection and commercialisation in the media industry. Firm founder Tony Greenman is engaged by Israel's most active production companies and television broadcasters in relation to international licensing and distribution agreements. Key clients include several major domestic broadcasters as well as content developers and producers such as Dori Media International, July August Communications and Productions, and United Studios of Israel. Moreover, Greenman handles copyright portfolios for domestic publishing companies, and also advises consumer products companies on trade mark protection.
Salomon, Lipschütz & Co.
Salomon, Lipschütz & Co. has an active hi-tech practice, which sees the firm involved in IP licensing and development agreements in the software and healthcare industries. Led by Narda Ben Zvi, the IP team is rated for a standard of client care wherein the lawyers 'are more like business partners than strictly legal advisers'. Ben Zvi advises Top Image Systems on licensing and distribution agreements in various global jurisdictions, and also advised Big Plus, the online platform of Big Shopping Centers, on a series of software development, integration and licensing agreements associated with the establishment of certain e-commerce services. The team also has experience with IP due diligence in M&A transactions, and in that capacity has been instructed by international law firms in relation to cross-border IP-driven M&A. Lori Almouli-Confino left the firm for Efrati Galili & Co., Law Offices in 2019.