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Levitan Sharon & Co | Israel | 14 Sep 2021

Breach of age limitation: total discharge of insurer or partial payment of benefits?

During a recent additional hearing held by the Supreme Court, an extended panel of five judges considered whether a 23-year-old driver was entitled to coverage under a car insurance policy limited to drivers aged 30 and over. The judgment determined that the insurer, Hachshara, would be discharged of liability under the policy in view of the insured's breach of the age limitation.
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Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz | Israel | 30 Aug 2021

Recent Israeli judgment further bridges gap between international commerce and territorial trademarks law

A recent decision has made another step towards bridging the gap between the Trademark Ordinance 1972 and the constant evolution of commerce and online marketing. In an appeal filed against a decision of the patents and trademarks commissioner, the Tel Aviv District Court ruled that offering hotel room reservations via international platforms may establish use of the trademark in Israel in......
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Levitan Sharon & Co | Israel | 17 Aug 2021

Should interpretation of insurance circulars lie with commissioner or court?

Following a class action against five insurance companies regarding interest charges added to policy premiums, the Supreme Court held an additional hearing and determined that the interpretation of the commissioner's circulars should be made by the court and not by the commissioner.
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Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz | Israel | 19 Jul 2021

IP rights for covid-19 vaccines: worldwide stakes of Israeli compulsory licences

In 2020 the Israeli attorney general authorised the issuance of a special compulsory licence to allow generic versions of AbbVie's patented Kaletra to be imported to treat covid-19. In response, AbbVie decided not to enforce its Kaletra patents throughout the world. This is concerning because the Kaletra licence was issued without consultation with the patentee, or the option of direct......
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Fischer (FBC & Co) | Israel | 11 Jun 2021

SPACs: tax considerations

While traditional initial public offerings (IPOs) have become risky, difficult and vulnerable to conflict as to the issuer's valuation, a merger or combination with an IPO-funded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) offers an alternative. The recent popularity of SPACs can be linked to, among other things, their structure, which provides advantages and benefits for investors, sponsors......
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Levitan Sharon & Co | Israel | 12 May 2021

Airport operator's liability towards passengers in terminals

The Jerusalem Magistrates Court recently accepted a claim filed against the Israeli Aviation Authority (IAA) by a passenger who had been injured while colliding with another person at Ben-Gurion International Airport, which the IAA operated. The court ruled that the presence of ground stewards in the terminal – even if considered to be a high standard – could have prevented the collision......
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Levitan Sharon & Co | Israel | 26 Apr 2021

Class action for bodily injury due to environmental pollution

A non-profit organisation filed a claim and a motion to certify the claim as a class action against 30 plants in the Haifa Bay region, arguing that the plants polluted the environment and caused bodily injuries to the class members who were exposed to the hazardous materials which the plants emitted. The respondents held that it was impossible to handle a claim for bodily injuries caused by......
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Gilat Bareket & Co., Reinhold Cohn Group | Israel | 26 Apr 2021

Request for comments on proposed amendments to Patent Law

The Ministry of Justice and the Patent Office recently published a request for comments on the purported expansive amendments to the Patent Law. Some of the proposed amendments are minor, while others represent radical changes to the existing legislation. Many of the proposed amendments benefit foreign applicants, which are the source of most patent applications in Israel. This article......
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Fischer (FBC & Co) | Israel | 24 Mar 2021

COVID-19 vaccination FAQs

Israel recently commenced a broad vaccination campaign to stop the spread of COVID-19. Employers have many questions, including with regard to how they can act towards employees who refuse vaccination and whether they can provide incentives to workers who choose to get vaccinated. These FAQs answer everything that employers need to know about COVID-19 vaccination in Israel.
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Gilat Bareket & Co., Reinhold Cohn Group | Israel | 22 Mar 2021

FAQs: patent legislation and procedure

To apply for a patent in Israel, applicants must prepare a patent application (drafted in accordance with the Patents Law) and file it with the registrar, along with the required fees. If a patent is granted, patentees may prevent others from exploiting their inventions. This article answers FAQs about patent legislation and procedure in Israel.
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