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Seligsohn Gabrieli & Co
PO BOX 1426
TEL AVIV 61013

Intellectual property > Intellectual property: filing/prosecution Tier 1

From initial consultation to patent term extension, Seligsohn Gabrieli & Co assists start-ups, tech companies, foreign and domestic companies as well as research institutions with the entire patent life-cycle. The patent practice (known as Seligsohn Gabrieli Benshafrut) is led by a recent newcomer to the firm but longstanding and prominent practitioner Ronnie Benshafrut, who is an expert in patent strategies especially in the life sciences and chemistry sectors. Alongside him, Eva Gak is a specialist in advising on research and development projects, and has particular industry expertise in agrotech, biotech, foodtech, medical products, and cannabis. She was another recent hire together with Gerald Kain, all three having joined the firm from Reinhold Cohn & Partners. The trade mark team is led by Nahum Gabrieli and Ehud Gabrieli which is regularly instructed in trade mark transactions, licensing, trade dress and domain names, copyright and designs matters.

Practice head(s):

Ronnie Benshafrut( Patent); Nahum Gabrieli(trade mark); Ehud Gabrieli (trade mark)

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

General Electric Gompany

Colgate Palmolive Company

IMI Systems Ltd.

KoLinPharma SpA

GE Video Compression LLC

Piaggio & C. SpA

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha

FG Innovation Company Limited

EISAI R&D Management Co., Ltd

University of California

University of Oregon

University of Massachusetts

University of Michigan

Frauenhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Wissenschaften


Yissum Research Development Company


Melodea Ltd.

SavorEat Ltd.


Nur Ink Innovations Ltd.

Life Biotic Medical Research

H2Pro Ltd.

Copprint Technologies Ltd

IGM Group BV

Karnak Technologies

Nanose Medical Ltd


Nanosys INC

Moodify Ltd

Life Biotic Medical Research Ltd

Elixie Ltd

3DBatteries Ltd

Polyrizon Ltd

The Medical Research, Infrastructure, and Health Services Fund of the Tel Aviv Medical Center

Tree of Life Pharma

Guccio Gucci SpA

Giorgio Armani SpA

Medtronic Inc.

Beiersdorf AG

Cristiano Ronaldo (JBS Textile Group A/S)


Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.


Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

New Balance Athletics Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Melodea on legal issues arsing from licensing patent and trade secret assets during investment rounds.
  • Advised Guccio Gucci S.p.A on its trade mark prosecutions and portfolio management.
  • Files and prosecutes trade mark applications in Israel for Beiersdorf AG as well as handling the enforcement of rights before the Israeli Customs, dealing with seizures of counterfeit goods and their eventual destruction.

Intellectual property > Intellectual property: disputes Tier 3

A boutique firm specialising in trade marks, Seligsohn Gabrieli & Co also handles designs, patents, and copyrights, and is uniquely positioned with its expertise in the registration of complex trade marks. In addition to handling trade mark infringement cases, passing-off, copyright, and trade secret litigation, department co-head Nahum Gabrieli represents clients before the registrars of Trademarks and Designs, and Patents respectively. Co-head Ehud Gabrieli is an expert regarding the enforcement of trade marks before the Israeli Customs Authority and the Israeli Police.

Practice head(s):

Nahum Gabrieli; Ehud Gabrieli

Key clients

Asos Plc

Soceite des Produits Nestle SA

Xiaomi Inc.

Pandora SA

Kelemata S.r.l.

POLIPOL Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Spirits International B.V.

Sons of George Shukha Ltd.

Dalton Winery Ltd.

Gottex Swimwear Brands Ltd.

Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club


Sano Bruno’s Enterprises Ltd.

Delta Galil Industries Ltd.

Mr Gilad Sasson

Max Brenner Ltd.


Carmel Wineries Ltd.

Barkan Wineries Ltd.

Tempo Beverages Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented Mr Gilad Sasson in a trademark dispute regarding the trademark ‘Cannabis’.
  • Represented Spirits International B.V. in a trademark dispute with Krasnyi Oktyabr.
  • Representing Dalton Wineries Ltd. in trademark opposition proceedings against Delta.

Seligsohn Gabrieli & Co. is one of the oldest and most experienced Intellectual Property Law firms in Israel.

Established nearly seven decades ago, with a commitment to uncompromising quality, impeccable ethics, and a sharp professional focus, our firm has earned its position as a market leader and legal authority on all aspects of IP law

As a specializing firm, we work in full synergy to ensure that our clients receive the most in-depth and insightful response to their legal needs. Whether directly handling cases or providing professional guidance and supervision to our advocates and attorneys, our firm’s principal leaders are involved and engaged in each case as needed.

Seligsohn Gabrieli & Co. has achieved international recognition for its premium litigation services offered by litigators who provide pre-litigation counseling, ex-parte injunctive relief solutions, full-scale litigation, and appeal procedures and are well versed in all forms of litigation in Israeli courts. Our team of IP experts includes advocates, patent attorneys, and highly experienced paralegal assistants, to provide a complete and wide-ranging scope of services, including:

Patents: We represent both patent holders and alleged infringers in patent infringement actions tried before the District Courts. Our firm also represents clients in appeals to District Court judgments in infringement cases. Such appeals are heard and decided by the Supreme Court of Israel. Litigation services also comprise various proceedings before the Registrar of Patents. These include, but are not limited to oppositions, applications for revocation of patents, and compulsory license proceedings. In patent cases, our clients benefit from a synergetic collaboration between the lawyers and patent lawyers at our firm, which enables them to optimally address complex and challenging patent law matters which involve both technological and legal issues.   

Trademarks: Our team has acquired extensive litigation experience, which includes numerous cases involving trademark infringement and passing-off actions.  We have litigated some of the most significant cases in the country, thus contributing to the Israeli judicature in these fields.  Our firm is also involved in trade dress cases and domain name disputes.

Other litigation proceedings, such as oppositions, cancellation of trademarks, and proceedings concerning rival applications for similar trademarks applied for in respect of the same goods are argued before the Registrar of Trademarks. We handle such cases extensively and appear before the Registrar of Trademarks frequently.

Copyrights: During the seven decades since our establishment, Seligsohn Gabrieli & Co. has been involved in major and significant copyright cases in varying fields concerning musical and literary works, dramatic and artistic works, photographic, cinematographic and architectural works, as well as cases involving copyright in computer software and copyrights in technical drawings. Our firm has gained vast experience in enforcement of all kinds of copyrights having represented the Israeli Performing Rights Society for many years, and has filed claims on behalf of authors regarding their moral rights. Counseling Israel’s performing rights society for decades, we have acquired considerable expertise in complex issues of copyright collective management also involving anti-trust issues. Our firm also deals with copyright issues involving copyrights in the “new media”. Most copyright cases involve injunctions and restraining orders, and are heard by the District Courts, and many of these cases begin with temporary injunction proceedings. We have also gained extensive experience in copyright litigation.

Patents: The level of competition in international business is on the rise, and the outcome of victory versus loss is often determined by the quality and scope of each competitor’s intellectual property rights. Our ability to have a positive effect on the value of our client’s business and competitive position proves significant time and again. Translating technical and often complex issues into comprehensive and sound business decisions, we are committed to helping our clients maximize their intellectual property potential, and to defend it against any possible challenge that may arise. Our experience and in-depth expertise as an IP litigation firm enables us to avoid the pitfalls of patent applications that are oftentimes drafted too narrowly, provide little flexibility to avoid unforeseen prior art, or make enforcement litigation unnecessarily complicated or expensive.

Nowadays, more than ever before, patents must be prepared while maintaining a clear view of potential litigation, along with a keen understanding of the legal principles governing the interpretation and enforcement of patents.

Seligsohn Gabrieli & Co. files patent applications in Israel on behalf of local inventors, as well as for overseas corporations and other persons, prosecuting such applications until patents are granted. Our firm also acts on behalf of local inventors, assisting them in securing their rights in foreign countries by filing international applications under the PCT.

As a law firm that specializes in intellectual property law, we benefit from the extensive experience of our patent department team, who provide full legal services to inventors and owners of patents, in drafting the application and during the prosecution process, opposition proceedings and infringement proceedings.

Trademarks: In today’s increasingly global business arena, branding strategy plays a significant role. As distribution channels, such as the Internet, allow businesses to market themselves to a worldwide consumer public, the ability to protect brand identities is crucial. Seligsohn Gabrieli & Co. provides assistance in the acquisition and protection of trademarks and brand identities, both locally and internationally. Throughout the years, we have acquired extensive experience in all commercial areas concerning trademarks, trade dress and domain names.

Our services include, amongst others, counseling clients on branding strategies and the initial selection of a mark or design; conducting trademark availability searches and opinions; filing trademark applications, and prosecuting them until completion of the registration procedure. We are highly skilled in managing large-scale global portfolios of trademarks, and expertly guide clients regarding the optimal strategy for building such a portfolio, maintaining it, and enforcing the rights protected by these trademarks.

Designs: Our firm files applications for the registration of designs for both local and foreign clients, and prosecutes such applications until designs are granted. We leverage our broad experience in the area of industrial design litigation when formulating filing and prosecution strategies for our clients. Israel has just enacted a new Designs Act which came into force in August 2018 replacing an archaic British ordinance from 1924, and introducing significant changes into the design protection. The law is completely new and judicature is yet to be developed. Our experience and in-depth understanding of IP laws and IP litigation helps us to guide our clients through the new system, and we advise our clients on how to derive maximum benefits from the new law.

IP matters: In the new global economy, extracting significant value from intellectual property assets is vital for any business success. We believe it is our responsibility to help our clients develop comprehensive IP protection plans that take full advantage of patents, trade secrets, trademarks, trade dress, domain names, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property. We advise clients on all intellectual property matters, including examining the patentability of inventions, conducting patent and trademark searches, the protection of goodwill, and the registration of trademarks and designs, and copyright matters. Today, we increasingly find ourselves advising our large-scale clients regarding the strategy of constructing their trademark portfolio in Israel and abroad. This is conducted in tandem with our ongoing consulting pertaining to the question of whether or not a piece of music may be used in an advertisement they are creating, or if a certain text can be integrated into their website. The following week we may be working to protect them against a troll patent claim and are requested to protect a particular packaging design or new product stand designed by our client. In today’s dynamic and wide-ranging business environment, we are able to offer an agile and comprehensive array of services that answer the extensive and complex needs of our clients as they face new and continuously changing challenges on a routine basis. Our extensive expertise and in-depth capabilities enable us to provide a professional platform backed by a sense of confidence and full command of the current legal landscape in which these clients are working.  

Since its establishment, Seligsohn Gabrieli & Co.has taken part in the process of enacting the most relevant legislation addressed by the parliamentary committees in Israel.  Our firm has drafted for client bills of new Acts and Amendments to existing Acts in various IP fields in Israel, and has also represented our clients’ interests in the course of the legislating procedure, appearing before Committees of the Knesset (the Israeli parliament).

Exposed to so many facets of intellectual property law and related business practices, we are well versed in counseling clients on how to secure and exploit IP rights in a manner that is aligned with their enterprise’s business objectives.

Copyrights: Seligsohn Gabrieli & Co. offers a full range of services relating to the protection of copyrights. Copyright protects the key rights defined by numerous entities, from individual creators and artists all the way to large scale industries, from software to games to music, each of which raises issues related to protection, licensing, and enforcement. We specialize in copyright matters, advising clients in regard to copyrightable matters, as well as drafting contracts and agreements accordingly. Throughout the years, we have also developed a specialized focus on copyright issues pertaining to entertainment law, representing numerous authors, including musicians, writers, photographers, painters, and sculptors. We also handle issues of internet other new media. Our attorneys assist clients in the enforcement of copyrights, and against claims of infringement brought forth by others.

Trade secrets: There are cases in which trade secret protection can prove a more effective means for a company to benefit from its technological know-how as opposed to actual patent protection. This form of protection requires special precautions in order to preserve strict confidentiality without which a trade secret cannot exist. According to the law, the trade secret must provide a trade advantage to its owner in order for it to be protected as a trade secret.

Having fought some serious battles over this issue, Seligsohn Gabrieli & Co. has in-depth expertise regarding trade secrets and procedures for establishing and safeguarding trade secret know-how.  Our team has comprehensive experience in drafting confidentiality agreements with employees, suppliers, customers, and strategic partners. The present environment of employee mobility and increasingly complex business relationships requires policing potential uses of trade secrets by competitors. We also help clients with the exploitation of trade secrets by drafting Non-disclosure agreements (NDA) and know-how license agreements, and advise our clients on how to keep their trade secrets, enforce their rights in such secrets and avoid encroaching on the trade secret rights of others.

Dr Ronnie Benshafut  photo Dr Ronnie Benshafut Senior Partner, Head of Patent Practice
Adv Ehud Gabrieli photo Adv Ehud GabrieliCo-Managing Partner
Adv Nahum Gabrieli photo Adv Nahum GabrieliCo-Managing Partner
Dr Eva Gak photo Dr Eva GakPartner
Adv Gal Gross  photo Adv Gal Gross Partner
Adv Gerald Kain  photo Adv Gerald Kain Patent Attorney and Advocate
Adv Yael Kalmanovich photo Adv Yael KalmanovichPartner
Adv Hila Oz Meyer photo Adv Hila Oz MeyerPartner
Mr Alfred Thee  photo Mr Alfred Thee Senior Patent Attorney (Of Counsel), head of Patent Department

Leveraging decades of international patent experience, we lead our clients through intricate patents processes – transforming ideas into valuable, tangible business assets.

Each patent is a unique world that requires a profound understanding of both technology and patent law. We accompany clients throughout all stages required to secure their patents and to leverage them for business success. We conduct each process with sharpened senses and a strong professional compass, protecting clients’ assets every step of the way. Our patents services merge our professional proficiency and comprehensive capabilities with our commitment to establishing strong, trust-based relationships with our clients. Processes are carefully defined and detailed, as we strategically navigate through the patents world on their behalf. Decisions are made with full dedication to our clients’ goals, as we consider varying landscapes, intricacies of diverse industries, technological developments, consumer behaviors, global trends and projections. Our ability to provide business landscaping services allows our clients to achieve a full grasp of the business arena they are operating in, and to identify technological “white spots” based on a profound understanding of their competitors’ endeavors, as well as the trends occurring within relevant sectors and geographical areas. With expertise in the fields of life sciences and chemistry, as well as materials, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, diagnostics, agriculture, cannabis, green technologies, water technologies, and nanotechnologies, amongst others, we know it is our responsibility to fully immerse ourselves in the subject at hand, so that we can pave the path to success with confident strides and conviction.

Our extensive experience, combined with our cooperation with our group’s IP law firm, Seligsohn Gabrieli and Co., enables us to lead a wide-ranging patent strategy on behalf of our clients, supported by all aspects of IP law services, which include both registered and non-registered IP, as well as trade secrets. This synergetic approach provides a comprehensive professional advantage point for our clients, with a substantial arsenal of services and tools required to successfully set their strategy into action.

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