Yigal Arnon & Co.'s Intellectual Property (IP) group is comprised of a team of seasoned lawyers with significant experience in the wide range of of Intellectual Property fields, including Technology and Transactional IP, Trademarks, Copyrights, and IP Litigation.  The practice services international and Israeli clients, including in the fields of high-tech, life sciences, telecommunications, media and entertainment.  In addition, we represent some of the country's premier technology transfer offices in leading academic institutes. Our IP group combines hands-on experience with a business-minded approach to assist our clients structure, negotiate and close their IP matters and transactions quickly and efficiently.  In addition, our familiarity with the industry both in Israel and internationally has assisted our early-stage clients bring their products to market in a competitive manner.  Our firm implements a multi-disciplinary team approach when critical to complex cross-border transactions.  To the extent needed, members of our tax department work with our clients to address treaty implementation, withholding and other tax issues which arise in licensing, distribution and other commercial arrangements.  Our antitrust lawyers ensure that clients comply with local and regional competition laws. The litigation department steps in when necessary, and has developed an expertise in managing complex litigation claims related to copyright and performances.  In addition, our contacts with leading foreign law firms enable us to obtain input on global regulatory, distribution and competition law issues where necessary.

Technology and Transactional IP

Yigal Arnon & Co.’s Technology and Transactional IP group serves many international and Israeli clients from a variety of IP transactional fields. Members of the Transactional IP group provide advice concerning complex licensing and commercial transactions involving cutting-edge technology. The expertise of the group spans a broad cross-section of subjects and industries including Communications, Internet/Data Services, IoT, Infrastructure, Mobile, Semiconductors, Homeland Security, Privacy, Data Security, Electronic Commerce, Information Technology, FinTech, Data Storage, Software and Open Source issues, Medical Devices and Life Sciences, and Cleantech and Renewable Energy. The team has extensive experience in structuring, negotiating and documenting complex collaboration, joint venture and co-development transactions, IP (patent) licensing transactions, technology transfer arrangements, development and supply agreements, manufacturing, distribution and OEM agreements, and other commercial and corporate finance transactions. The Technology and Transactional IP group also supports the firm's Corporate Department on IP-related due diligence in M&A and investment transactions. The group has provided advice on a number of M&A transactions that involve complicated legal issues and sophisticated and complex technology. Yigal Arnon & Co. represents many early-stage clients and therefore, the Technology and Transactional IP group is very familiar with the latest trends and cutting edge technology, as well as customary commercial practices and commercialization models. We are experts in drafting and negotiating commercial terms and contracts that protect our clients' intellectual property and other interests. This assists many of our early-stage clients who seek to bring their products to market. In addition, members of our practice group have extensive experience with issues related to the Israeli R&D Law and working with the IIA - Israeli Innovation Authority (previously the Office of the Chief Scientist). Since many Israeli technology companies often receive IIA funding for development work at some point in time, this expertise is valued by our clients. Our firm implements a comprehensive and collaborative team approach to provide the full range of legal services that are critical to complex cross-border transactions, including our Tax and Anti-Trust Practice groups. Our contacts with leading foreign law firms enable us to obtain input on global regulatory, distribution, competition and data protection legal issues where necessary.

Trademarks

Our Trademarks group provides a wide range of services in connection with registration and protection of marks through correct use and registration in Israel and internationally. The firm works with clients from their early stages, providing them with legal advice and assistance on the choice of tradenames, strategic planning and territorial and international registration, and the correct use of trademarks. We performing domestic and international trademark searches for our Israeli and foreign clients, for the purpose of registering new marks or locating breaches, preparing legal opinions with respect to the suitability of a mark for use and registration, providing legal advice on the definitions contained in the application and handling the registration process vis-à-vis the Trademark Registry, and drafting commercial agreements involving trademarks and goodwill. Our team of professionals have many years of experience protecting trademarks in Israel and internationally, and advising large Israeli and multinational companies, as well as startups, on trademark matters. The firm works with foreign colleagues in order to assure our clients’ trademarks in Israel and in other places receive optimal protection. We also represent our clients in trademark litigation in all courts in Israel. 

Copyrights, Entertainment and Media

Yigal Arnon & Co.'s Copyrights, Entertainment and Media group provides legal services covering a wide variety of legal issues related to the media and entertainment industries, including music; publishing; TV and radio; cinema; multimedia and new media (e.g. Internet and mobile).  Such representation covers websites, music and literature publishers, record labels and production companies, companies that provide new media content, advertising agencies, public relations agencies, booking service companies, as well as artists, photographers, producers and others. Yigal Arnon & Co. regularly assists clients in negotiating production agreements, distribution agreements, licensing agreements with copyright collectives, publishing agreements, writers' agreements, licensing of works to be used in advertising, broadcast and public performance agreements, and other contracts in this field. In addition, we advise our clients on matters of copyright law, and provide ongoing legal services to broadcasters (such as TV channels), including representation before the regulators. The firm has also developed expertise in managing complex litigation in copyright and performance claims, and has been involved in some of the largest cases in the country in these areas.

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Intellectual Property – Litigation

Yigal Arnon & Co.'s Intellectual Property – Litigation Practice is one of the most unique practices of Israel given its wide range of experience advising clients in different fields, such as technology clients, government entities and media and entertainment clients. Our firm is one of the very few top tier, large commercial law firms in Israel that practices in this area, allowing us to utilize our other experiences and strengths in order to provide our clients with a comprehensive representation. Our IP Litigation group has a special practice, of enforcing copyright, patents, trademarks and related proprietary rights and defending against claims in these areas, with extensive expertise in dealing with commercial disputes related to patent license agreements and blanket copyrights license agreements. We also hold a strong practice in the media and entertainment field, handling IP disputes in a wide variety of the media and entertainment industries, including: music, publishing, TV and radio, cinema, multimedia and focusing on "new media", including Internet, e-publishing and copyright. Our firm represents some of the biggest companies in the Israeli entertainment field, and many of Israel's famous artists.

Technology Transfer Offices (TTO’s)

The firm represents some of the country's premier academic institutions in technology transfer transactions. Many of Israel’s major universities, academic centers and medical institutions have affiliated technology transfer offices whose mandate is to commercialize the intellectual property and technology developed or invented at such institutions. The fact that many of Israel’s leading TTO’s work with Yigal Arnon & Co. is a testament to the high regard in which they hold to the firm.  In addition, the firm works opposite TTO’s both in Israel and abroad, including TTO’s at leading U.S. and European and Asian universities and medical institutions.

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