The Israel Patent Office (IPO) is an affiliate of Israel Ministry of Justice and offers database and information regarding Israel patent search. The database provides information regarding patent applications, trademarks, and other intellectual property rights in Israel. It is also charged with appellations of origin, registration, designs, and Trademarks as elements of intellectual property rights. Israel Patent Office, in accordance with the relevant authority and within arms of the law, enables the protection of industrial property by granting patents to anyone in Israel who deserves that protection.
The existing information on Israel Patent Office database website includes bibliographical data that depends on the publication relating to the patent application. It allows users to view the patent and even generate a printout if they wish. It also contains documents related to patent application such as application form, claims, and other details. In accordance with Article 16 of the law, anyone can browse and view all documents that related to patent applications. These documents are subject to public review as long as it is done in accordance with the relevant law. All applications for patent and/or registration are submitted to the Patent Office and later examined before rights are granted.
Israel Patent Office
When applications for registration and for patents are completed and submitted to the Patent Office, they are thoroughly examined with an objective to ensure that exclusive rights are granted to protect the owner’s due rights. However, the right due to the owner of the industrial property must not interfere with the legitimate rights of others. The Patent Commissioner has vested power to rule (in appeals) against examiner’s decisions or oppositions to registrations and patents and application requesting for their cancellation.
The PCT department receives and handles all matters related to international patent applications in line with Patent Cooperation Treaty. In addition, the office also cooperates with other offices abroad regarding changes in industrial property practices and legislation. It keeps an up-to-date database of data and information regarding the recent changes in both local and international industrial property legislation, laws and practices. Representatives of the office take part in committee meetings whose primary objective is revision of patents, trademarks, designs including all the relevant procedures. Moreover, the Office is responsible for the publication of the Trade Marks Journal, and Patents and Designs Journals. These journals communicate the relevant information to the public regarding Israel Patent search and other related information in accordance with the law. Not only does it provide information on designs, patents, and trademarks, it also offers guidance on filing applications for protection. The office comprises four divisions: The Trademark division, the Patent division, the Design division, and the PCT division. Regardless, the legal division is common to all of these patent-related divisions.
Developments in the Israel Patent Search Engine
During the early 2008, the Israel patent search was launched as a search engine that could only allow searches for the title and bibliography details fields of granted Israel patents. Prior to that, granted patent searches could only be done manually through review of journals from the Israel patent Office. The information contained in these journals only included the name of the applicant and the title. The major disadvantage of manual reviews done before 2008 was that application of pending patents was generally inaccessible to the public. However, the 2008 search engine limited users to perform patent searches and those of applications. In addition, conducting a full text search or even searching the abstract of patents was possible.
In recent developments, the launch of a new Israel Patent search interface enabled through the collaboration between IPO and WIPO allowed a full text search of over 40, 000 Israel patents including patent applications via WIPO’s search engine known as PatentScope. This changed how searches were conducted and allowed comfortable yet relatively efficient patent and patent application searches. It is now one of the simplest, most straightforward, and inexpensive Israel patent application searches ever implemented in the nation. The good thing is that the Israeli PTO does not apply “extra claims” or “extra pages” charges. Instead, all patents are priced the same regardless of minor variations in details. In addition, the “examination waiver” procedure by the Israel patent authority accepts petitions to waiver in cases where a corresponding application for patent is granted, or if a desirable PCT search opinion and report, or preliminary examination report is issued.
Unlike other nations such as Europe and the US, where application for patents are published within one and a half years from the priority date, Israel only publishes patent application that have successfully gone through the examination process and have been accepted. Therefore, users can only view bibliographical details and titles of pending or abandoned patent applications. Approval of patent application by the examiner takes such a long time and this poses a great challenge to those searching for updated information regarding patents and patent applications. Therefore, Israel patent search still has a long way to go if it is to deliver efficiency and convenience to users and those interested in Israel patent and patent application searches.
An example of a country with similar examination waiver procedure is Singapore. However, a granted patent after an examination waiver is as good as that granted after a complete examination. The comparison between Singapore and Israel is a perfect one because both countries have almost the same population, and they both own very stable high-tech industry with aggressive “business mind” population. Even though a patent filed in Israel will often reach examination within a maximum of 4 years, actual infringement or a noted concern of infringement is capable of speeding up examination. Patents that have been allowed are published for opposition; however, if filing of an opposition is not done, the patent is granted after 90 days. Israel maintains a requirement, which is to file an information disclosure form the moment an application reaches examination until it is granted. It is recommended that those searching for an Israeli patent application should find out if it has a matching non-Israeli patent application using the new Israel patent search interface developed in collaboration with WIPO.