Israel Patent Office
The Israel Patent Office (Hebrew: רשות הפטנטים, המדגמים וסימני המסחר) (Reshut hapatentim), affiliated with the Israeli Ministry of Justice, handles issues related to intellectual property rights in Israel, including patents, designs, trademarks and appellations.
In September 2009, the Israel Patent Office was appointed by the Assembly of the PCT Union (International Patent Cooperation Union) as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examination Authority (IPEA). The Israel Patent Office started operating as an ISA and IPEA under the Patent Cooperation Treaty on 1 June 2012.
- Israeli Justice ministry web site, About the Israel Patent Office
- Assembly of the PCT Union, PCT Newsletter, October 2009, p. 1.
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Appointment of the Israel Patent Office as an International Searching and Preliminary Examination Authority, August 15, 2009, Geneva, International Patent Cooperation Union (PCT Union), Assembly Fortieth (17th Ordinary) Session, Geneva, September 22 to October 1, 2009.
- Israel Patent Office to Begin Operating as an International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authority, PCT Newsletter, April 2012, p. 3.