On 21 October 2015, the Israel Patent Office published amendments 1 and 2 to the patent regulations for 2015.
The amendments come into effect as of 20 December 2015.
The first amendment regulates:
- Electronic filing of patent applications, documents and notices and the requirement for applicants to identify themselves
- Receipt of Office Actions and other documents by email from the Israel Patent Office
- Intermediate requests in inter-partes actions
- How documents should be exchanged in inter-partes actions
- How printed submissions should be made, and that the front-page is no longer required
- How post-allowance amendments should be made
- The request for applications to be signed has been cancelled
- The obligation on Mentor to alert the Patent Office regarding the start of training for trainee patent attorneys and when they have to do this
- Appeals to the Commissioner regarding non-final rejections
- Discounts in filing fees for Schools of Higher Education and Tech Transfer Companies
Applicants wishing to file on line have to identify themselves with a smart card, and the way such smart cards may be obtained has been published.
Those wishing to receive Office Actions by email are provided with a link for so-doing.
There is a training day for patent attorneys to learn the new system. This will be held at the Israel Patent Office on 15 December 2015 between 9:30 and 12:00.