Trademarks—Israel—Q&A guide
Trademarks—Israel—Q&A guide

The following IP practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Trademarks—Israel—Q&A guide
  • 1. What is the primary legislation governing trademarks in your jurisdiction?
  • 2. Which international trademark agreements has your jurisdiction signed?
  • 3. Which government bodies regulate trademark law?
  • 4. Who may apply for registration?
  • 5. What may and may not be protected and registered as a trademark?
  • 6. Can trademark rights be established without registration?
  • 7. Is a famous foreign trademark afforded protection even if not used domestically? If so, must the foreign trademark be famous domestically? What proof is required? What protection is provided?
  • 8. What are the benefits of registration?
  • 9. What documentation is needed to file a trademark application? What rules govern the representation of the mark in the application? Is electronic filing available? Are trademark searches available or required before filing? If so, what procedures and fees apply?
  • More...

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to trademarks in Israel published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: August 2020).

Authors: Reinhold Cohn Group—Ronit Barzik-Soffer; Luiz Blanc

1. What is the primary legislation governing trademarks in your jurisdiction?

The primary legislation governing trademarks in Israel is:

  1. the 1972 Trademark Ordinance (New Version);

  2. the 1940 Trademark Regulations;

  3. the 1987 Trademark Regulations (Appeals before the District Court);

  4. the 2007 Trademark Regulations (Implementation of the Madrid Protocol);

  5. the 1929 Merchandise Marks Ordinance;

  6. the 1965 Protection of Appellation of Origin and Geographical Indications Law; and

  7. the 1999 Commercial Civil Wrongs Law, Section 1 – Passing Off.

2. Which international trademark agreements has your jurisdiction signed?

Israel is a signatory to the following international trademark agreements:

  1. the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property;

  2. the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights;

  3. the Madrid Agreement for the Repression of False or Deceptive Indications of Source on Goods;

  4. the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks;

  5. the Hague Convention Abolishing the Legalisation Requirements for Foreign Public Documents;

  6. the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration;

  7. the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organisation; and

  8. the Protocol relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of

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