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Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a time frame for filing for a trademark registration?

Applicants must allot about 19 months to complete the application process assuming there are no oppositions. Trademark applications that are being opposed by third parties will take a longer period of time.

If I register my trademark in Israel, do I have protection in other territories?

Israel is the territorial limit of registration.

Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

A power of attorney is one of the application requirements.

Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

Use may demonstrate acquired distinctiveness and help to overcome an objection to an application to register the trademark on the grounds of non-distinctiveness.

Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

Attack on the ground of non-use is available.

What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Israel?
  • words
  • names
  • devices
  • certain three-dimensional shapes
  • colours
  • slogans
  • sounds
  • smells (olfactory trademarks)
  • trade dress/get-up
  • holograms
  • collective marks
  • certification marks
  • well-known marks
  • service marks
What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Israel?

The order of the application process is as follows:

 

  1. Examination – the application is examined in respect to:
    • Formalities
    • Classification
    • Clarity
    • Descriptiveness
    • Distinctiveness
    • Deceptiveness
    • Conflict with prior registration
  2. Publication – the following application details are made accessible to the public:
    • Mark
    • name of applicant
    • address of applicant
    • state or country of incorporation of applicant
    • application number
    • application date
    • goods/services
    • priority claim information
    • representation of trademark
  3. Registration – once the application has passed the first and second phases, the trademark office will then grant the registration certificate.
What type of trademark is not registrable?
  • marks contrary to moral standards or public order
  • generic terms
  • names, flags or symbols of states, nations, regions, or of international organizations
  • non-distinctive marks
  • marks that function principally as surnames
  • marks that function principally as geographic location names
Does Israel use the "Nice Classification" system?

The Nice Classification System is effective in Israel.

Does the Community Trademark apply for Israel?

The European Union Trade Mark registration (formerly a Community Trade Mark registration) is not effective in Israel.

Is there any possibility to claim priority in Israel?
  • If an applicant's home country is a member of the Paris Convention
  • The home application was filed within six months prior to the application in this jurisdiction
  • An International Registration can be based on a national application or registration in Israel
What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

The trademark must be used within three years prior to the motion to revoke.

 

The amount of use can be minimal and must occur in Israel.

Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

The initial term of a registration is 10 years.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

The first renewal date of a registration is 10 years from the application filing date.

Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

Yes. Unregistered marks are legally allowed to be use for any goods or services.

How many applications should I file?

The answer to this question depends on the characteristics of your mark, your budget and the scope of protection that you would like to have in Israel.

If your trademark contains distinctive verbal elements (text) as well as design elements (graphics or logos) and you wish both to be protected, our recommendation is to file two trademark applications; one to protect just the verbal elements (the application will be filed as “Word Mark”) and another to protect just the design elements (the application will be filed as “Combined Mark”).

In this case, proceeding with two trademark applications has the following advantages:

  1. Broader and stronger protection. If a third party files a “Combined Mark” with very similar text to yours but different design, their “Combined Mark” could be accepted for registration if you only filed a “Combined Mark” and not a “Word Mark,” because in its entirety the third party’s mark is still considered different from yours.
  2. You will be protected if your logo evolves. It is common for companies to change the design of their logo with time. If you file a “Combined Mark” and not a “Word Mark,” your new logo will not be protected. You must use your trademark exactly as registered; if you don’t, your trademark may be subject to cancellation.
  3. Effective verbal and graphics protection. Filing a “Word Mark” application provides greater flexibility to use your mark in different ways, whether it is presenting it in stylized text or presenting it with different designs (as long as they are not too similar to registered trademarks that belong to third parties). At the same time, filing a “Combined Mark” allows you to protect the design elements of your mark.

If your trademark also contains a slogan or a distinctive design symbol, we suggest you file a specific application for each, as this will give you additional protection.

Does having a registered trademark in Israel give me any right?

Registration is not necessary to obtain ownership rights to a trademark. Prior use is enough to establish right to a trademark. The "first to use" rule is effective in this jurisdiction.

What is the web address of the trademark national office?

The national office is accessible online at the following URL:

 

http://www.trademarks.justice.gov.il/TradeMarksWebSiteUI/TrademarksSearch/TrademarksSearch.aspx.

Is there any need to use my trademark before I apply for registration?

Neither actual use nor intent to use is required for application.

Can a Trademark Application be opposed?

The following can be grounds for opposition:

  • proprietary rights
  • the mark is not distinctive
  • the mark is misleading, deceptive or disparaging
  • the mark is functional
  • protection of armorial bearings, flags and other State emblems
  • registration in the name of the agent or other representative of the proprietor of the mark
  • rights in trade names
  • registered design rights
  • rights in a personal name
  • the mark is generic
  • the mark consists of a geographical indication
  • the mark is against public policy or principles of morality
Who can contest my trademark application?

Anyone may oppose an application.

Is it possible to cancel a registration?

The following can be grounds for cancellation:

  • proprietary rights
  • the mark is descriptive
  • the mark is not distinctive
  • the mark is misleading, deceptive or disparaging
  • the mark is functional
  • breach of copyright
  • rights of notorious or well-known marks
  • rights of protected armorial bearings, flags and other State emblems
  • registration in the name of the agent or other representative of the proprietor of the mark
  • rights in trade names
  • registered design rights
  • rights in a personal name
  • the mark is generic
  • the mark consists of a geographical indication
  • the mark is against public policy or principles of morality
Are there any rights established by having a registered trademark?

The following rights are established by registration:

  • the exclusive right to use the registered trademark
  • the right to oppose subsequent conflicting
  • the right to bring a cancellation action against a subsequent conflicting registration
  • the right to sue for infringement against confusingly similar third-party trademark use
  • the right to license other third parties to use the trademark
  • the right to apply for seizure by customs authorities for importation of counterfeit goods
  • the right to obtain damages for infringement
How long is the opposition period?

The opposition period begins on the date of publication in the Official Gazette. It ends three months following publication in the Official Gazette.

Is Israel a member of the Madrid System?

This jurisdiction is a member of both the Madrid Protocol and the Madrid Agreement.

Do I need to present periodic statement of use?

Periodic statements are not required.

When should I renew my trademark?

Subsequent renewals last 10 years from the renewal date of the registration.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

The first renewal date of a registration is 10 years from the application filing date.

Is there any documentation that should be presented when renewing a trademark?

There is no documentation required for the renewal of trademarks.

If my trademark expires, do I have a grace period?

The grace period after the renewal date has expired is 6 months.

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