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Liad Whatstein & Co. Law Office
30 HAARBA'A ST
SOUTH TOWER
TEL AVIV 6473926
Israel

Intellectual property > Intellectual property: disputes Tier 1

Acting in many of Israel’s highest profile IP disputes, Liad Whatstein & Co. Law Office’s ‘technically adept’ team handles litigation, opposition, prosecution, and non-contentious transactional matters. The firm brings unique expertise on soft IP and trade mark matters, acting for major media and entertainment companies, as well as routinely assisting international pharmaceutical entities with complex dispute issues. The ‘brilliant and trustedLiad Whatstein regularly advises corporations throughout patent and copyright disputes, while Amira Mangelus handles complicated life sciences litigation. Matti Michel brings expertise on cases pertaining to military technologies, whereas IP attorney, Oren Weiner, covers all aspects of Israel’s Patent Term Extension system.

Practice head(s):

Liad Whatstein; Amira Mangelus

Other key lawyers:

Matti Michel; Oren Weiner

Testimonials

‘This is a really well-run firm. Each lawyer knows the law, but also knows how to apply it to achieve the best solution for their clients.’

‘Liad Whatstein doesn’t seem to take a moment off. He loves his work as a brilliant and trusted advisor in all matters IP and it shows.’

‘I have worked with the lead members of this firm in connection with patent enforcement and defence situations since the mid-2000s. They have excellent legal knowledge, and provide very detailed and insightful advice about patent status, scope, validity, and recommended actions. They are very personable and very smart, dedicated attorneys.’

‘I work with Liad Whatstein and Amira Mangelus. They are incredible attorneys, for the reason that I mentioned above, but also personally interesting, very easy and enjoyable to work with, and highly esteemed by myself and my outside attorneys in other countries.’

‘The firm is technically adept in a broad range of life science technologies, among others because of the extensive experience they have had in most major life science litigation proceedings in Israel as well as involvement in numerous cross-border proceedings. The familiarity with cross-border litigation is helpful as there are some pain points in any coordination work, and it is great that the lawyers understand the importance of their market relative to other commercial markets.’

‘Liad Whatstein is a technically excellent, diligent and dedicated partner who is always available. He spends time personally with experts and develop the arguments and comes up with excellent briefs.’

Key clients

Novartis

Sanofi

Merck

Pfizer

Roche

Bristol Myers

Takeda

Regeneron

Abbott

Bayer

Biogen

Astellas

Alkermes

UCB Pharma

Lundbeck

Leo Pharma

Novo Nordisk

L’Oréal

Unilever

Amdocs

The State of Israel

The Hebrew University

Sony

Viacom

LVMH

Disney

Volvo

Hearst Corporation

Fruit of the Loom

Bacardi

CROCS

Ralph Lauren

Kipling

Tory Burch

Paramount Pictures Corporation

The H.D. Lee Company

Wrangler Apparel Corp.

The North Face Apparel Corp.

Jansport Apparel Corp.

Nautica

Renault

VANS

Purdue/MundiPharma

eBay

Juul

Kanye West

Brown Forman (Jack Daniel’s)

Finlandia Vodka

Grey Goose Vodka

Spin Master

Moose Toys

Elbit Systems

Finchimica

Olaplex

InterMune

ASSA ABLOY

NBC Universal

20th Century Fox

Marvel

Dr. Fischer Pharmaceuticals

Altra

Triumph Motorcycles

Harvard University

Prudential plc

Fleurop-Interflora

Homag Group AG

Immunogen Inc.

Advanced Accelerator Applications

Eden Gallery

Fox-Weizel

HID Corporation

Saban Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Sanofi in the first ever rehearing of a patent case by an expanded panel of Justices of the Supreme Court in a rehearing of the Supreme Court judgment in the matter of Sanofi v. Unipharm.
  • Representing Sanofi and Regeneron in highly complex proceedings against Amgen’s patent claiming anti-PCSK9 antibodies.
  • Representing Bacardi in several cases relating to counterfeit Grey Goose Vodka including successfully obtaining preliminary injunctions against large local spirits importers and seizing and destroying massive quantities of fake Grey Goose vodka products.

Israel > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Liad Whatstein & Co. Law Office is a full-service IP firm, regularly acting in Israel’s prominent IP disputes in the life sciences field, and providing bespoke advice to global pharmaceutical companies on complex licensing transactions and regulations. The group also has experience of representing the state of Israel in patent litigation proceedings against pharma entities, along with managing trade mark portfolios for universities and research organisations. The ‘technically excellent’ Liad Whatstein specialises in acting for clients in patent litigation and handling complex regulatory issues, and Amira Mangelus routinely handles infringement actions and large patent portfolios for major pharmaceutical players.

Practice head(s):

Liad Whatstein; Amira Mangelus

Other key lawyers:

Oren Weiner; Gershon Finesilver

Testimonials

‘They have excellent legal knowledge, and provide very detailed and insightful advice about patent status, scope, validity, and recommended actions. They are very personable and very smart, dedicated attorneys. They respond promptly, and have broad business acumen and industry knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector, not only in Israel, but outside of Israel as well. Their advice is clear and thorough, which enables me to in turn convey that advice to my company’s business leaders. They are my “go to” firm in Israel.’

‘I work with Liad Whatstein and Amira Mangelus. They are incredible attorneys, but are also personally interesting, very easy and enjoyable to work with, and highly esteemed by myself and my outside attorneys in other countries.’

‘The firm is technically adept in a broad range of life science technologies, among others because of the extensive experience they have had in most major life science litigation proceedings in Israel as well as involvement in numerous cross-border proceedings. The familiarity with cross-border litigation is helpful as there are some pain points in any coordination work and it is great that the lawyers understand the importance of their market relative to other commercial markets. The firm’s Israel court and ILPTO procedure and how to effectively cross-examine experts is also very valuable.’

‘Liad Whatstein is a technically excellent, diligent and dedicated partner who is always available. He spends time personally with experts and develops the arguments and comes up with excellent briefs. Gershon Finesilver is a stand-out associate who has excellent technical knowledge and understanding of complex scientific matters.’

Key clients

Novartis

Merck

Roche

Pfizer

The State of Israel

Sanofi

Leo Pharma

Regeneron

Purdue/MundiPharma

Lundbeck

Abbott

Bayer

Biogen

Astellas

Alkermes

UCB Pharma

Dr. Fischer Pharmaceuticals

Novo Nordisk

BMS

Alkermes

Genzyme

Takeda

Advanced Accelerators Applications (a Novartis Company)

InterMune

Immunogen Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Sanofi in the first-ever rehearing of a patent case by an expanded panel of Justices of the Supreme Court in a rehearing of the Supreme Court judgment in the matter of Sanofi v. Unipharm.
  • Represented Sanofi and Regeneron in highly complex proceedings against Amgen’s patent claiming anti-PCSK9 antibodies.
  • Advising major pharmaceutical companies such as Merck, Sanofi, Novartis, Pfizer, Regeneron on regulatory aspects of drug approval and data protection in Israel.

Intellectual property > Intellectual property: filing/prosecution

Liad Whatstein & Co. Law Office’s strength in contentious IP-related matters enables the team to prosecute with litigation in mind, ensuring that enforceable patents are obtained for its international pharmaceutical client-base. The firm also specialises in managing trade mark portfolios for major players in the media, fashion and spirits industries. The ‘technically excellentLiad Whatstein regularly handles complex patent prosecution matters, while Amira Mangelus focuses on strategic patent applications. IP attorney, Oren Weiner, is also mentioned.

Practice head(s):

Liad Whatstein; Amira Mangelus

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm has a great litigation practice and complementing prosecution/filing practice which goes hand in hand with the strategy devised for litigation.’

‘Liad Whatstein is a technically excellent, diligent and dedicated partner who is always available. He spends time personally with experts and develop the arguments and comes up with excellent briefs. Gershon Finesilver is a stand-out associate who has excellent technical knowledge and understanding of complex scientific matters.’

Key clients

Novartis

Sanofi

Merck

Pfizer

Roche

Bristol Myers

Takeda

Regeneron

Abbott

Bayer

Biogen

Astellas

Alkermes

UCB Pharma

Lundbeck

Leo Pharma

Novo Nordisk

L’Oréal

Unilever

Amdocs

The State of Israel

The Hebrew University

Sony

Viacom

LVMH

Disney

Volvo

Hearst Corporation

Fruit of the Loom

Bacardi

CROCS

Ralph Lauren

Kipling

Tory Burch

Paramount Pictures Corporation

The H.D. Lee Company

Wrangler Apparel Corp.

The North Face Apparel Corp.

Jansport Apparel Corp.

Nautica

Renault

VANS

Purdue/MundiPharma

eBay

Juul

Kanye West

Brown Forman (Jack Daniel’s)

Finlandia Vodka

Grey Goose Vodka

Spin Master

Moose Toys

Elbit Systems

Finchimica

Olaplex

InterMune

ASSA ABLOY

NBC Universal

20th Century Fox

Marvel

Dr. Fischer Pharmaceuticals

Altra

Triumph Motorcycles

Harvard University

Prudential plc

Fleurop-Interflora

Homag Group AG

Immunogen Inc.

Advanced Accelerator Applications

Eden Gallery

Fox-Weizel

HID Corporation

Saban Group

Work highlights

  • Prosecuted non-traditional trademarks successfully (3-Dimensional product shapes, slogans, color combinations, product trade-dress, etc.) for numerous international brand owners, such as Crocs, Abbott, Merck, Viacom, Novo Nordisk and many others.
  • Prosecuting highly complex petitions for Patent Term Extension (PTE) for numerous major clients, including Merck, Novartis, Sanofi, Takeda, Pfizer and many other clients, requiring to expertly navigate the complex legal structure of Israeli PTE legal system.
  • Obtaining allowance of strategic patent applications relating to various dosage forms and dosage regimens for major pharmaceutical clients, including Merck, Sanofi, Novartis, Pfizer and many others.

The firm: The firm is headed by Liad Whatstein who is broadly recognized as Israel’s top IP litigator and has been practicing IP law for almost 30 years. The firm has been involved in Israel’s highest profile IP disputes including in precedent setting hearings at the Supreme Court. The firm among others acts for most major international innovative pharmaceutical companies in complex patent disputes and is often engaged by patentees to assist in developing strategy for multi-jurisdictional litigation. In addition, the firm is extensively involved in patent litigation in connection with defense related technologies and computer hardware and software. The lawyers at the firm are well-known for their technological competence and their skill to formulate complex technological and legal arguments in simple and understandable terms. The senior position of the firm is further demonstrated by the fact that the State of Israel elected the firm to represent the State in its high-profile patent disputes.

In addition to patent work, the firm has a very strong soft IP and anti-counterfeiting practice. The firm acts for many of the international brand owners including international media companies, spirits manufacturers, cosmetics companies, luxury brand owners in the fashion and perfume industry, international automotive companies, football clubs and many others. The firm is conducting anti-counterfeiting campaigns on behalf of its clients and has excellent working relationship with the enforcement agencies. The firm has also been involved in precedent setting trademark and copyright proceedings which had significant impact on how IP law developed in Israel.

The firm also has a very strong patent and trademark prosecution practice. The firm leverages its contentious experience to obtain strong and enforceable patents and manages the patent portfolios of major international pharmaceutical clients. In addition, numerous innovative pharma clients assign to the firm the prosecution of strategic patent families as well as the prosecution of petitions for Patent Terms Extensions which is a field in which the firm has unique expertise.

Areas of practice: Liad Whatstein & Co. is Israel’s go to firm for complex patent disputes and oppositions. The firm has been acting for many of the large innovative pharmaceutical companies in disputes and opposition proceedings which require strong scientific background. The firm has among others developed novel arguments which have been used in litigation worldwide, orchestrated complex experiments to support the arguments and utilized cutting edge analytical techniques to win cases. The firm also has extensive experience and strong capabilities in biologicals and biosimilar litigation and has been involved in most major cases in Israel. The firm is also extensively involved in litigation and opposition proceedings in defense related technologies.

The firm is also acting for large international brand owners in trademark and copyright litigation and is orchestrating major anti-counterfeiting campaigns for its clients.

In addition to its contentious practice, the firm manages trademark and patent portfolios for its international clients. The firm leverages its unrivalled contentious experience to develop creative patent prosecution strategies which result in strong enforceable patents. In addition, the firm assists its clients in drafting and negotiating license, distribution and franchise agreements.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Patent, Trademark and Copyright Litigation; Trademark Filing & Prosecution; Anti-Counterfeiting; Pharmaceuticals & Health Care; Regulatory Advice Liad Whatsteinlwhatstein@liadwhatstein.com+972 73 7880882
Patent Filing; Prosecution Amira Mangelusamangelus@liadwhatstein.com+972 73 7880882
Total number of lawyers : 17
English
Hebrew
French
Arabic
AIPPI (The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
International Trade Mark Association (INTA)

Diversity is part of the firm culture at Liad Whatstein & Co. Our attorneys and administrative staff come from diversified backgrounds and we are committed to hiring minorities and LGBTQ attorneys. The firm’s success and growth are the benefits of our diversified work force and the different cultural backgrounds of the members of the team. The firm is also actively involved in pro bono work, assisting in particular artists who cannot afford to pay for legal representation. We have created life-long relationships by assisting some of Israel’s best-known artists and writers. We are proud that we can leverage our experience to help protect the creative output of such talented people.  


  • “Liad Whatstein & Co. is the national trailblazer in life sciences IP matters”
  • “When people think of IP litigation in Israel, they think of Liad Whatstein & Co.”
  • “A market leader and go-to firm for companies operating in the pharmaceutical, defense and communications technology sectors… Excellent, highly professional, assertive and astute. On the cutting edge”
  • “IP litigation achievements which are the stuff of legend”
  • “The go-to firm in Israel for complex IP disputes on behalf of major international corporations… simply superior to others”
  • “…known to be aggressive litigators but they are also very practical and know how to resolve conflicts efficiently and promptly. They understand the client”
  • “Amazing team… precise and creative… with impressive list of clients from the pharmaceutical industry”
  • “Professional, dynamic, always on point, quick to respond, kind, courteous and lovely to work with”
  • “Thorough and committed lawyers who leave no stone unturned and who aggressively represent their clients in the best way”
  • “Liad Whatstein & Co. is particularly sought after for IP disputes and regularly assists the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies with contentious matters”
  • “Strong expertise, straight-to-the-point advice and practicality”
  • “Very detailed, insightful and pertinent advice in multi-jurisdictional cases, with excellent service… and broad business acumen and industry knowledge, both inside and outside Israel”
  • “Engaged by a host of multinational pharma companies, the team at Liad Whatstein & Co. is business-minded, well informed and very creative; bold and daring but doesn’t rush too quickly into litigation”
  • “Liad Whatstein & Co. has excellent, professional, technically smart lawyers who are pragmatic in their handling of complex cases”
  • “The level of service provided at Liad Whatstein & Co. is among the highest of any firm in Israel”
  • “Liad Whatstein & Co. manages IP portfolios and crafts complex prosecution strategies for some of the largest tech and life sciences companies operating in Israel”
  • “For “superb enforcement services” brand owners need look no further than the “extremely impressive IP practice” at Liad Whatstein & Co… state-of-the-art, pioneering firm”
  • “There is no better IP lawyer in Israel”
  • “Liad Whatstein & Co is the prime address in the region for major innovative pharmaceutical companies needing support on contentious matters…Liad Whatstein is a truly outstanding litigator…dedicated, intelligent, strategic, experienced, hardworking and responsive. He has great technical understanding…and his ability to communicate complex scientific concepts in simple language is remarkable…There is simply no better lawyer in the country
  • “The level of service provided at Liad Whatstein & Co. is among the highest of any firm in Israel”
  • “Liad Whatstein & Co. manages IP portfolios and crafts complex prosecution strategies for some of the largest tech and life sciences companies operating in Israel”