Protecting clients' work to the highest caliber drives RNC's efforts to learn about and promote the latest developments in the intellectual property arena. RNC provide IP counsel from patents to trademarks and designs enforcement and from copyrights to licensing and franchising, our attorneys offer clients portfolio management and strategic advice on obtaining and protecting valuable intellectual property.
Our attorneys utilize cutting-edge technological resources and enjoy a direct access to the registrar online database. RNC provide its clients with a wealth of information on IP holdings and status updates.
The firm represent clients ranging from large multinational corporations to individual authors, inventors and owners of creative works. Our team consists of highly trained practitioners extensive trial experience. A sampling of matters our firm handles includes consumer products, franchising, distribution, trade secret matters and licensing projects. Our IP attorneys also assist clients in disputes regarding rights of privacy and publicity, antitrust, Internet and e-commerce issues.
RNC is a full-service firm with a wide variety of practice areas, including litigation, taxation, corporate law, antitrust, employment, business and commercial law, bankruptcy, etc. Our firm has close ties in more then 70 countries through the international legal practitioners of ADVOC.
Our firm successfully represent clients in registered design disputes.
A registered design is a monopoly for a design (for example a tread pattern) when applied to an article (for example a tyre) and is granted under the laws of a country the registered design is filed in. A registered design protects the way a product looks.
The registered design allows the owner of that design to grant access to, or exclude others from, making, selling, offering for sale or hire the design protected by the registered design. The exact monopoly the design covers is contained in the drawings in the registered design.
Trademarks and Copyrights
Trademarks are letters, digits, words, images, symbols or a combination thereof, which are used by manufacturers or service providers in order to identify their goods and services to the consumers.
The registration of the mark confers upon its owner the exclusive use of the mark in relation to the products or services for which it is registered; it also serves to protect the public against deception regarding the origin of the goods/services in question.
Applications are filed to the trademarks department where they await examination according to their filing dates (as of today the waiting period is 12-15 months of receiving the application). Trademark examiners check the legitimacy of the application with accordance to the Trade Marks Ordinance [New Version] 5732-1972; the Trademark Regulation 1940 as well as with official work guidelines.
Trademarks and service-marks are initially registered for a 10 year period and must be renewed on or about the 10-year anniversary of the trademark registration.
The registration of a trademark in Israel only provides territorial protection, and is applicable only under Israeli jurisdiction.
Today, due to the joining of Israel to the Madrid protocol, an Israeli applicant may submit a single trademark application, which can automatically apply in over 90 countries around the world. The filing is done under the "Madrid system", which is operated and managed by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).
The Madrid system facilitates the registration process, and also saves the costs of filing and further maintaining the mark. The international application is based on a national application or on a national registration.
RNC paves the way for its clients to obtain trademarks registrations and protect them. RNC help its clients establish, enforce and challenge trademark rights and deal with registration refusals (WIPO). Other services we provide performing modifications on registered trademarks, such as transfer of ownership, recording of licenses, and modifying the owner's personal information, etc. We also counsel in unfair competition matters as well as matters involving both IP and antitrust laws such as tying arrangements and covenants not to compete, and disputes regarding publishing rights and piracy.
RNC handles an array of disputes, including those concerning consumer product trademarks, business names, trademark dilution, trademark counterfeiting, false advertising, etc.
Broadly speaking, any confidential business information which provides an enterprise a competitive edge may be considered a trade secret. Trade secrets encompass manufacturing or industrial secrets and commercial secrets. The unauthorized use of such information by persons other than the holder is regarded as an unfair practice and a violation of the trade secret. Depending on the legal system, the protection of trade secrets forms part of the general concept of protection against unfair competition or is based on specific provisions or case law on the protection of confidential information.
The subject matter of trade secrets is usually defined in broad terms and includes sales methods, distribution methods, consumer profiles, advertising strategies, lists of suppliers and clients, and manufacturing processes. While a final determination of what information constitutes a trade secret will depend on the circumstances of each individual case, clearly unfair practices in respect of secret information include industrial or commercial espionage, breach of contract and breach of confidence.
Our team consists of accomplished intellectual property, trial and employment lawyers who collaborate to handle and resolve trade secret issues and allegations when they arise, and to prevent and preempt them where feasible. RNC advises and counsels clients on best practices for trade secret protection and enforcement. We conduct and direct pre-litigation trade secret investigations using experienced professionals and cutting edge forensic tools.