Practice points in Israel patent prosecution: selection patents and treatment of earlier-filed patent applications


Moshe Tritel

Israel patent practice is distinct from US and European practice in a number of respects. Moshe Tritel describes a number of such areas with important practical ramifications for applicants seeking to maximise their patent protection in Israel.

Earlier-filed patent applications

In contrast to classical prior art publications, which are published prior to the effective filing date of a patent application, earlier-filed patent applications, though unpublished at the effective filing date of a patent application, can be cited as prior art in some jurisdictions. The Israel Patent Office relates to earlier-filed applications slightly differently from either the European or US patent offices.

Selection patents