Industrial Designs in Israel:
The State of Israel has joined The Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs.
The Hague System provides a practical business solution for registering up to 100 designs in 70 contracting parties covering 88 countries, through the filing of one single international application.
Israel has now formally approved the Hague System which will come into effect in Israel on 3 January 2019.
In Israel, an industrial design provides protection to the ornamental or aesthetic visuality of an article. An industrial design protects the shape of two- or three-dimensional features subject to novelty and individual character requirements. The term of protection for a registered design in Israel is 25 years effective from the Israeli filing date.
Like other countries, in Israel, disclosure of an industrial design to the public within 12 months prior to the filing date of the application in Israel, or before its priority date, will not be considered as prior art (Grace Period).
The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs enables citizens of all member states to register an industrial design by filing a single application designating any of the member states.
Every application must be examined by the local Patent Office in accordance with the local law and regulations.
As of January 3, 2020, foreign applicants (out of Israel) can file an industrial design application in their local Patent Office and designate Israel saving considerable expenses required in using local attorneys for the filings.
It should be noted that the examination process in Israel is sometimes more complicated and time consuming than in other countries. A typical design application can have more than 2 office actions before getting registered. The Israeli Patent Office has strict policy in technical issues, drawings and novelty requirements.
Therefore, we recommend getting an advice of a local professional attorney before starting the process of registering an Industrial Design using the Hague System.