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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

A market leader and go-to firm for companies operating in the pharmaceutical, defense and communications technology sectors, Liad Whatstein & Co. Law Office handles complex patent litigation, patent term extensions, and has a notable soft IP and trade mark practice. Noted for the scientific understanding complementing his legal expertise, practice head Liad Whatstein acts for private companies as well as state organs. Life sciences litigator Amira Mangelus leads the practice alongside Whatstein and is also in charge of the firm’s patent prosecution practice. Matti Michel stands out for his proficiency in military tech litigation.

Practice head(s):

Liad Whatstein; Amira Mangelus

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent. Highly professional, assertive and astute. On the cutting edge.’

‘Liad Whatstein in my view is the best IP litigator in Israel, very knowledgeable in sciences as well as juristic issues. Extremely hard working and identifies wholeheartedly with the needs of the Client. Amira Mangelus, is an excellent second-chair. Very smart and hardworking.’

‘Extremely professional and respond in no time!’

‘Liad Whatstein & Co has a great understanding of the Israeli law and provides excellent strategic advice. The team has great technical understanding of the subject matter and writes excellent detailed briefs. It also makes pragmatic advice in running life sciences projects.’

‘Liad Whatstein is a stand out individual. His in-depth understanding of the law together with technical understanding of the science allows him to give very pragmatic advice. Liad is also very responsive for a partner and the work product is excellent.’

‘Liad Whatstein, the head of the firm, is one of the most brilliant people I’ve met. He is capable of learning any complex scientific and technological case and gain outstanding proficiency in the details of it, much more than expected from (even IP) a lawyer. He has many valuable contacts with professionals in the relevant areas.’

Key clients

Novartis

Sanofi

Merck

Roche

Takeda

Pfizer

Regeneron

Abbott

Lundbeck

Bristol Myers

Procter & Gamble

Amdocs

The State of Israel

The Hebrew University

Sony

Viacom

LVMH

Disney

Volvo

Hearst Corporation

Fruit of the Loom

Eli Lilly

Leo Pharma

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

Hyundai

Renault

VANS

Purdue/MundiPharma

eBay

Juul

Kanye West

Brown Forman

Finlandia Vodka

Grey Goose Vodka

Spin Master

Moose Toys

Elbit Systems

Finchimica

Olaplex

Novo Nordisk

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

Work highlights

  • Representing Novartis in several patent proceedings regarding drugs like Afinitor and Revolade in matters of cancer cell proliferation and organic chemistry.
  • Representing Sanofi and Regeneron in opposition proceedings against Amgen regarding the clients’ antibody drugs Praluent and Repatha.
  • Represented Abbott in proceedings brought by SuperPharm regarding an attempt to challenge Abbott’s use and registration of a trademark.

Israel > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

IP litigation is the heart of boutique firm Liad Whatstein & Co. Law Office; its additional proficiency in regulatory matters alongside experience in pharmaceutical technology, R&D agreements, and joint ventures make it popular choice for the State of Israel and a long list of large international pharmaceutical companies. Liad Whatstein is one of Israel’s leading IP litigators, recently representing Pfizer in an appeal before the Supreme Court regarding patent infringement proceedings against Unipharm for the well-known drug VIAGRA. Amira Mangelus who is a seasoned patent litigator is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Liad Whatstein; Amira Mangelus

Other key lawyers:

Oren Weiner

Testimonials

‘Liad is an exceptional lawyer, and his firm is first rate.’

‘Liad Whatstein & Co has a great understanding of the Israeli law and provides excellent strategic advice. The team has great technical understanding of the subject matter and writes excellent detailed briefs. It also makes pragmatic advice in running life sciences projects. They have embraced technology since the start of the pandemic and that has helped to provide seamless advice despite being unable to have face-to-face meetings.’

‘Liad Whatstein is a stand out individual. His in-depth understanding of the law together with technical understanding of the science allows him to give very pragmatic advice. Liad is also very responsive and the work product is excellent.’

Key clients

Novartis

Merck

AbbVie

Pfizer

The State of Israel

Sanofi

Eli Lilly

Leo Pharma

Pharma Israel

Regeneron

Purdue/MundiPharma

Lundbeck

Abbott

Dr. Fischer Pharmaceuticals

Novo Nordisk

BMS

Alkermes

Genzyme

Takeda

Advanced Accelerators Applications

InterMune

Work highlights

  • Representing Novartis in several patent proceedings relating to blockbuster drugs such as Afinitor and Revolade, cancer cell proliferation, and synthetic organic chemistry.
  • Representing Sanofi and Regeneron in opposition proceedings against Amgen relating to the parties’ antibody drugs Praluent and Repatha.
  • Advising Merck, Sanofi, and Novartis on regulatory aspects of drug approval and data protection in Israel.

Intellectual property > Intellectual property: filing/prosecution

Liad Whatstein & Co. Law Office handles both trade mark and patent prosecutions for a variety of clients but has a special focus on companies operating in the pharmaceutical, defence, and communications sectors. Co-head Liad ‎ Whatstein is widely known for his IP litigation track record but handles both patent and trade mark filings and disputes. Co-head Amira Mangelus, also a patent litigator, has particular expertise in patent prosecution in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Liad Whatstein; Amira Mangelus

Other key lawyers:

Ofir Livnat; Oren Weiner

Key clients

Novartis

Merck

AbbVie

Takeda

Pfizer

The State of Israel

Sony

Viacom

LVMH

Sanofi

Disney

Volvo

Hearst Corporation

Fruit of the Loom

Eli Lilly

Leo Pharma

Bacardi

CROCS

Ralph Lauren

Kipling

Tory Burch

Paramount Pictures Corporation

Pharma Israel

The H.D. Lee Company

Wrangler Apparel Corp.

The North Face Apparel Corp.

Jansport Apparel Corp.

Nautica

Hyundai

Renault

VANS

REAL MADRID Football Club

Regeneron

Purdue/MundiPharma

Lundbeck

eBay

Juul

Abbott

Kanye West

Brown Forman (Jack Daniel’s)

Spin Master

Moose Toys

Elbit

Finchimica

Liqwd

Novo Nordisk

InterMune

ASSA ABLOY

NBC Universal

20th Century Fox

Marvel

Balenciaga

Dr. Fischer Pharmaceuticals

Altra

Triumph Motorcycles

University of Iowa Research Foundation

Prudential plc

Fleurop-Interflora

Homag Group AG

Immunogen Inc.

Advanced Accelerator Applications (a Novartis Corporation)

Axcella Health Inc.

Olaplex, Inc.

Amdocs

Procter & Gamble

School of Rock

Maiwald Patentanwalts

Work highlights

  • Prosecuting non-traditional trademarks including 3D, slogans, and colour combinations for Crocs, Abbott, Lundbeck, Viacom and others.
  • Prosecuting petitions for Patent Term Extension for Merck, Novartis, Lundbeck, Abbvie, Sanofi, Takeda, and others.
  • Obtaining allowance of strategic patent applications relating to dosage forms and regimens for Merck, Novartis, Lundbeck, Sanofi, and 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 : 14
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.  


TESTIMONIAL:  “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”


TESTIMONIAL:  “The level of service provided at Liad Whatstein & Co. is among the highest of any firm in Israel”


TESTIMONIAL:  “Liad Whatstein & Co. manages IP portfolios and crafts complex prosecution strategies for some of the largest tech and life sciences companies operating in Israel”


TESTIMONIAL:  “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”


TESTIMONIAL:  “There is no better IP lawyer in Israel”


TESTIMONIAL:  “Absolutely top-quality”


TESTIMONIAL:  “Liad Whatstein acts for heavyweight pharmaceuticals industry clients, in addition to several luxury goods, media and entertainment brand owners”


TESTIMONIAL:  “Impressive reputation for its ability to handle complex litigation for leading names in the pharmaceutical industry”


TESTIMONIAL:  “Liad Whatstein knows the law and the system and is very creative in his approaches”


TESTIMONIAL:  “The “pre-eminent” Liad Whatstein & Co has become a prime pick for innovators in the pharmaceuticals and defence industries”


TESTIMONIAL:  “Having worked in intellectual property for over 20 years, Liad Whatstein has a sound commercial reasoning that allows him to stand out, not only as a heavyweight litigator, but also and most notably as a business partner – one who is willing to walk the extra mile and think and act outside the box”


TESTIMONIAL:  “Liad Whatstein & Co has been a breath of fresh air on the Israeli IP landscape”


TESTIMONIAL:  “Liad Whatstein is a standout patent litigator”


TESTIMONIAL:  “They are very good at problem solving – they take trouble away from clients”


TESTIMONIAL:  “Liad Whatstein & Co. has established itself as a “contentious powerhouse” that relishes the cut and thrust of the knottiest spats”


TESTIMONIAL:  “Founding partner Liad Whatstein is a crack litigator who has seen almost everything that there is to see”