EPO decision clarifies admissibility of undisclosed disclaimers

The European Patent Office (EPO) in known for taking a strict approach towards literal support to patent claims, and thus restricts amendments that do not literally correspond to wording found in the application as originally filed. However, a recent decision of the EPO’s highest instance...

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February 1, 2018

A new Designs Law in Israel

Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, passed on July 26, 2017 a new Designs Law, which will come into force in a year’s time from its publication, namely, on August 7, 2018. The new Designs Law will replace the Patents and Designs Ordinance of 1924 (hereinafter: “The Designs Ordinance”), whichconstitutes the legal basis for design registration...

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December 14, 2017

Continuation of the Patent Prosecution Highway Program with the EPO

The Israel Patent Office (ILPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) are cooperating in the framework of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot using the Patent Cooperation Treaty’s work products (PCT-PPH). The pilot, which started on January 6, 2015 has been recently extended until January...

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December 7, 2017

The Enablement Limit of “Open Claims”

On December 15, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) issued its opinion in Life Technologies Corporation v. Promega Corporation, Inc. regarding the boundaries of the term ‘comprising’. In patent practice the use of the term “comprising” in a claim signifies...

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March 22, 2015

Webb & Co are branching out

We are happy to announce that we have now opened a new branch in Herzliya Pituach. The Herzliya office is located at Ackerstein Towers, 11 HaMenofim St., Building B. The phone numbers and mailing address remain the same. We look forward to continue working with you and collaborating...

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November 20, 2013

From IP to NP (Net Profit)

Dear all, We are pleased to inform you that the first international conference “From IP to NP (Net Profit)” organized by the AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property), will be held at the Tel-Aviv Dan Panorama on November 10 – 11, 2013. Webb &...

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October 1, 2013

Steep Increase in Israel Patent Office Fees

The Israeli Patent Office is increasing official fees sharply. On January 1, 2013 an amendment to the Israeli Patent Regulations will enter into force, introducing significant increases in the officialfees of the Israeli Patent Office. The changes in fees include a steep increase in filing...

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December 10, 2012

An Amendment to The Israeli Patent Law

On July 12, 2012 an amendment to the Israeli patent law was published (amendment no. 10), encompassing several important issues: Publication of applications – Prior to the amendment, according to section 26 of the Israeli patent law, an Israeli application would have been published only...

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August 19, 2012

WIPO Launches New PCT Licensing Feature

As of 1 January 2012, PCT Applicants interested in licensing their invention can request the International Bureau (IB) to make this information publicly available on PATENTSCOPE website ( This may be done by submitting a request Form PCT/IB/382 or by sending a request letter, signed by the...

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July 18, 2012

Third Party Observations under the PCT

Traditionally, the only people involved in the international phase of the PCT have been the applicant and the Offices conducting the various aspects of processing (receiving Office, International Bureau and International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities). During the February 2012 Meeting of International Authorities under...

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July 3, 2012

Israeli Patent Office – a New PCT Searching Authority

On June 1, 2012 the Israeli Patent Office (IPO) will start acting as an International Preliminary Search and Examining Authority (IPEA) for international patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). To date there are 14 recognized International Searching and Preliminary Examination Authorities, of which...

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May 28, 2012