The Israel Patent Process
The main issue that is to be considered when applying for a patent in Israel is that Israel’s patent process is simply, straight forward and inexpensive.
Israeli patents are filed in English language. Translation is, therefore, hardly ever required. The Israeli PTO does not charge for “extra claims” or “extra pages”. All patents, are therefore priced exactly the same. The official fee is low and so is the average attorney fee.
However, the best thing, probably, about the Israeli patent process is the “examination waiver” procedures. If a corresponding patent application is granted or even allowed, or if a favorable PCT search report and opinion or preliminary examination report are issued, the Israeli patent authority will usually accept a petition to waive examination, and the patent will be granted after a short and formal process.
Such a process exists in some jurisdictions. It is quite similar, for example, in Singapore. However, the patent granted after an examination waiver is just as good as a patent granted after a full examination. The comparison between Israel and Singapore is actually a very good comparison. The population of these two countries is nearly the same, and they both have very strong high-tech industry and very entrepreneurial population.
Israel has a requirement to file an information disclosure form once an application reaches examination and afterwards until it is granted.
A patent filed in Israel will usually reach examination within 3-4 years. However, actual infringement or an established concern of infringement can speed up examination substantially.
Allowed patent are published for opposition. If no opposition is filed, the patent is granted after 3 months.