This article addresses whether a trademark registered in Israel is protected elsewhere.
Is a Trademark in Israel Protected Elsewhere?
Until September 2010, the answer was no, a trademark in Israel is not protected in other countries. However, in September 2010, Israel joined the Madrid Protocol on intellectual property. It allows individuals or companies to register trademarks around the world, and with one application (along with the related fees for the service), the client is protected in 116 countries. Thus, an application can be submitted in Israel, and an international application can be submitted through the Israeli department for international registration according to the Madrid Protocol.
In order to be eligible to use the Madrid System specified in the Madrid Protocol, you must be a citizen of one of the 116 countries. Secondarily, you need to have approval for a basic mark before filing for an international application. Thus, you must first apply through the Israeli offices before the international application can be completed. The fees involved depend on the office of origin, the type, and whether or not the trademark is in color or black and white.
This Series of Articles
The law firm of Cohen, Decker, Pex & Brosh has several legal specializations, and we also assist corporate clients with registering trademarks. The registration of trademarks falls under the department of the Israel Patent Office. We discuss several issues that are frequently asked about trademarks in Israel in our trademark article series, addressing applying for a trademark, the length of the process, and more.
If you wondered “Is a trademark in Israel protected elsewhere?” and would like assistance with the registration process in Israel as well as the international application, please contact us.
Advocate Michael Decker specializes in trademarks and intellectual property, and he would be happy to discuss this issue with you.