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Patent registration process in Israel

The patent registration process is a complex journey that involves several stages, from the initial meeting with a patent attorney to the eventual grant of the patent. Here’s an overview of the process:

1. Invention conception

The process typically begins when an inventor or a company develops a new and inventive concept or innovation.

2. Meeting with a Patent Attorney

The inventor schedules a meeting with a patent attorney to discuss the invention, its novelty, and potential patentability. During this meeting, the patent attorney provides information and input about invention’s eligibility for patent protection, inventorship issues, the patent filing strategy and process, other relevant IP rights (e.g. designs, trade secrets), cost estimates and the overall strategy.
Read here about how to prepare for the first meeting with a Patent Attorney.

3. Prior Art Search

The patent attorney may suggest conducting a prior art search to identify existing patents, publications, and other public disclosures related to the invention. The search results may assist to determine more precisely the essence of the invention.

4. Drafting the Patent Application

Based on the prior art search (if conducted)  and all the information provided by the inventor, the patent attorney drafts the patent application. The specification includes a detailed description of the invention, claims defining the scope of protection, and any necessary drawings.
It is highly recommended for the inventor(s) and other relevant stakeholders from the company to be involved in the drafting process and provide the Patent Attorney with any required input and comments.

5. Filing the Patent Application

Once the drafting process of the patent application is completed, it is filed with the relevant patent office, based on the chosen filing strategy. The filing includes payment of fees and submission of all necessary formal documents.

6. Patent Office Examination

Formal Examination: The patent office conducts a formal examination to ensure that the application complies with all requirements. If any deficiencies are identified, the applicant may be required to address them.

7. Patent Prosecution

The patent office issues an office action, detailing any rejections, objections, or requests for clarification. The patent attorney responds to these actions by providing arguments, amendments, or additional information to overcome objections.
The patent attorney may amend the claims or specification in response to office actions. They may also provide legal arguments supporting the patentability of the invention.
Sometimes patent prosecution includes more than one office action and may be long and complicated.

8. Final Allowance and Grant

Once the patent office is satisfied with the responses and amendments, a Notice of Allowance is issued. The applicant then pays any outstanding fees, and the patent is granted.

9. Post-Grant Maintenance

After the grant, the patentee is required to pay maintenance fees periodically to keep the patent in force. Failure to pay these fees can result in the expiration of the patent.

It should be kept in mind that the process may vary depending on the jurisdiction and the timeline for patent prosecution can be lengthy, ranging from several months to several years, depending on the complexity of the patent/technology.
Additionally, throughout the process, effective communication and collaboration between the inventor and the patent attorney are crucial for a successful outcome.

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