People and places
Israel’s legal market is booming, along with its economy. In 2021, the country’s GDP grew at a remarkable 8.1 percent, buoyed by increases in consumer spending, investment activity and exports. Technology transactions are common in Israel these days, and there are dozens of law firms on the ground there which have the ability to provide top-notch service to a global audience. Cybersecurity and fintech companies have seem some of the strongest investment activity.
Adi Levit Law Firm was founded in 2006 and boasts particular strengths in pharmaceuticals, electro-optics, electronics, cosmetics, medical equipment, publishing and shopping malls management. It has a strong record in complex litigation cases involving patent, trademark and copyright infringement, unjust enrichment, unfair competition, antitrust and licensing agreement matters. Founder and owner Adi Levit and partner Debby Kazis comprise the firm’s leadership team.
Adin Liss Pyernik comprises two firms: Adin Liss Law Offices and Pyernik Patent Attorneys. Adin Liss has a strong IP litigation record, and is sought-after for non-contentious advice, as well. Dan Adin and Eran Liss lead the legal team. Pyernik is a boutique patent firm, offering patent drafting by highly experienced patent attorneys led by Moshe Pyernik, who brings a particular expertise in chemistry.
Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch (AYR) aims its service at clients who are entrepreneurial and sophisticated, offering them corporate and commercial experts alongside excellent lawyers in TMT, sports law, high-tech and in the areas where law and technology come together, including data security, competition and antitrust, privacy and data processing, IP and the security, cyber and aviation industries. Yaron Reiter, one of the firm’s founders, is a key contact for litigation. Partner Udi Shochatovitch leads the firm’s commercial and sports practices. The sports practice engages in the ongoing handling of sporting teams in Israel and around the world; it has broad ranging connections with teams and senior players around the world, which enables the firm to provide its clients with not just excellent legal services, but also assistance in the advancement of international transactions and ventures.
Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. (APM) was established in 1956; today, the firm has practices focusing on cyber law, fintech, foodtech and agtech, gaming, life sciences, intellectual property, high-tech and venture capital, privacy and data protection, startups, and technology and regulation. The firm also has a practice led by partner Stephen Barak Rozen which advises clients on how to work with Israel’s Innovation Authority; Benjamin Grossman is a key contact in the firm’s India practice, which has handled complex and wide-ranging transactions, sales and reciprocal procurement transactions, tender processes, complex tax issues, licensing and transfer of technology transactions, technological collaborations and more.
Ariel Dubinsky is a boutique firm specializing in IP, internet and computer law. Clients include EasyJet, Logitech, Areon and Hooligans. Founder Ariel Dubinsky is deputy chair of the Israel Bar Association’s intellectual property committee.
BFP & Co. is a boutique law firm focussed on the tech and venture capital sectors. Haleli Barath is a co-founder and senior partner at the firm; senior partner Avihai Schieber heads the high-tech department, handling M&A/IPO, venture financing, strategic partnership, commercializing IP, internet and new media and complex cross-border transactions.
Clients of Cohn de Vries Stadler & Co. in Tel Aviv say the firm’s lawyers work hard to establish partnerships that will provide both sides with a through, creative approach to IP which also allows the clients to strategically position the business for future success. Founding partner and patent attorney Ilan Cohn has more than 35 years of professional IP practice; he advises enterprises of all sizes, often taking the early lead in the company’s development and IP transaction processes. The firm is one of the top patent filers in Israel.
Drori-Stav & Co. (DWO) is a boutique IP firm known for litigating high-profile IP-related cases and providing IP services for patents, trademarks, designs and copyrights, as well as neighbouring fields such as privacy, internet and computer law. Founding partner Yonatan Drori is a noted litigator, particularly in the areas of patents and internet/computer-based litigation. Partner Iyar Stav is a skilled litigator with deep knowledge of internet law, privacy and collective management organizations.
Dr. Shlomo Cohen & Co. is led, naturally, by Shlomo Cohen, one of the top IP lawyers in Israel. Known as “hard working”, “highly intelligent” and “first-class” by his clients, Cohen has written on a wide range of topics.
The multidisciplinary Ehrlich Group offers a full range of IP services, including IP trade, patent terms, service inventions, plant breeder’s rights and regulation and compliance; it also provides foreign litigation support. Ehrlich, Neubauer & Melzer handles litigation and non-contentious IP work, aside from prosecution, which is done by sister firm IPTrade. Founder and partner Amit Ehrlich is CEO of IPTrade and managing partner of Ehrlich, Neubauer & Melzer. Founder and partner Yehuda Neubauer leads the legal practice. Head of the firm’s software department Roy Melzer drafts and prosecutes patents related to IT and the latest trends, including blockchain and machine learning. The firm is one of the largest patent filers in the country.
Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co. with Hamburger Evron is a fast-growing, full-service law firm, with more than two dozen practice areas, including litigation, telecoms and media, high-techand technology, fintech, cyber security, and privacy and data protection, along with an East Asia desk that files patent and trademark applications in China, represents high-tech companies and startups in their dealings with East Asian investor, handles distribution and licensing agreements and represents Chinese purchasers before Israel’s Innovation Authority, capital markets authorities and others. Lior Oren is lauded for his M&A and tech abilities, and heads the firm’s East Asia practice.
Fischer (FBC & Co.) is a full-service law firm with more than 315 lawyers, 90 of whom are partners. The firm, which will celebrate its 65th anniversary in 2023, has a well-rounded IP practice, including areas adjacent to IP, such as matters involving television (including productions and TV formats), entertainment media, internet, high-tech and life sciences. Partner Reuven Behar is a key contact for litigation and IP; partner Amit Dat heads the IP and IT practice within the firm’s corporate department. Partner Yael Reimer co-heads the IP practice and is noted for her work in IP litigation, privacy and data protection, class actions and commercial disputes.
The Fisher Friedman IP Group (FIPG) has expertise in drafting and prosecuting both international and Israeli patents, marks, copyrights and industrial designs, as well as handling non-prosecution IP matters including freedom-to-operate opinions, oppositions, portfolio evaluations and litigation support. The firm’s clients range from MNCs to startups, including hospitals, universities, leading companies and venture capital firms. Founder Michal Fisher is a leading IP lawyer in Israel, noted particularly for her strategic management of IP portfolios. Founder Nathalie Friedman specializes in patent drafting and prosecution, infringement analysis, patentability analysis and others.
IP specialist Gilat Bareket & Co. has expertise in strategic counselling, legal counselling regarding IP and IP rights, IP litigation, due diligence and drafting and negotiating IP-related contracts and transactions. Partners Eran Bareket, David Gilat and Daphna Gilat are heads of the firm’s legal practice; Roy Kornick leads the enforcement practice. Kornick and his team work with customs authorities and local police to prevent the import and distribution of counterfeit goods in Israel and the Palestinian National Authority. The firm works closely with IP firm Reinhold Cohn & Partners, which carries out IP procurement work. Together, the firms form the Reinhold Cohn Group.
Glazberg, Applebaum & Co. has offices in Tel Aviv and Haifa, and offers IP services including litigation, registration and more. Partner Ziv Glazberg heads the firm’s intellectual property and patent department, while partner Nadav Applebaum leads the firm’s litigation department. Prior to his legal career, Applebaum served as an investigator for crime authorities and major financial institutions.
Goldfarb Seligman & Co. is a large law firm with more than 90 years of experience in Israel. The firm, with more than 300 attorneys and more than 100 partners, provides advice on a wide spectrum of legal services, including IP and high-tech/technology.
Gornitzky & Co. (GNY) has taken the lead on some of the country’s most complex transactions and cases. Karen Reichbach-Segal is an IP partner and an expert litigator. Shirley Gal has more than 25 years of experience with IP; she specializes in developing IP portfolios and protection for startups, global companies and leading Israeli corporations. Partners Chaim Friedland and Ziv Rotenberg are key contacts for the firm’s China desk.
IP and privacy is part of the high-tech and venture capital practice at the Gross Law Firm (GKH). Partner Ella Tevet heads the practice; she has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating complex commercial, IP and tech transactions. She works closely with the firm’s high-tech, banking, technology, M&A and securities practices in investment rounds. Partner Ran Ben-Ari leads the firm’s Singapore desk, while Eli (Robert) Barasch leads its China practice.
The lawyers at H-F & Co. are all focused on tech law, from software and SaaS, cyber security and mobile apps to virtually every kind of “tech” imaginable, including agritech, fintech, adtech and edutech. In addition to its IP, IT and tech transactions practice, it also is home to corporate and tax practices. Partner Nitzan Hirsch-Falk is a key contact for technology transactions, licensing and high-tech M&A. Partner Adi Gillat has extensive experience in negotiating licensing transactions, IP asset sales, R&D agreements, tech transfer agreements and other such collaborations.
Herzog Fox & Neeman is a top tier full-service law firm, with respected TMT and IP practices. The firm’s technology and regulation practice group handles cyber and data security; ecommerce, media and adtech; fintech, crypto and blockchain; privacy and data protection; and social and real-money gambling. Partner Ariel Yosefi leads the technology and regulation group; he has an astonishing grasp of the increasing volume of regulation, enforcement actions and legislative trends.
Horn & Co. is a leading high-tech and life sciences law firm, focusing on its clients’ tech and IP transactions, corporate and funding matters and commercial contracting. Founder Yuvan Horn is a go-to contact for licensing and sale of technology, joint ventures and commercial transactions. Partner Keren Kanir has recently negotiated complex data licensing agreements with leading international providers and the payor, and private rounds of investment led by major venture capital funds and angel investors.
Liad Whatstein & Co. is a top-level IP firm in Israel, particularly with regards to contentious work. Founder Liad Whatstein has been involved in some of Israel’s most complex and widely publicized patent, trademark and copyright disputes and is broadly recognized as one of Israel’s most successful litigators. He has litigated cases for pharmaceutical companies in connection with many blockbuster drugs, supervised complex experiments and has worked extensively with some of the world’s leading experts. Partner Amira Mangelus has extensive experience working with pharmaceutical patents.
Luthi + Webb is the combination of Luthi + Co., which provides litigation and legal services, and Webb + Co., which provides prosecution services. Luthi + Co. was founded in 1986 by Richard Luthi; it has been involved in many of the country’s largest IP cases and is frequently called upon to advise multinational clients on patent litigation across multiple jurisdictions. Webb + Co. provides patent, trademark and design prosecution services. Founder Cynthia Webb specializes in patentability evaluations, due diligence for investors, and freedom to operate opinions in view of third-party patents.
The Luzzatto Group has separate and IP and business divisions; the IP division has an IP and commercial firm known as Luzzatto Law Firm and a group which handles prosecution under the name Luzzatto and Luzzatto. The group’s business division combines its expertise in IP, law, technology and business help clients leverage their intellectual assets for growth. The group’s business management consists of 80 percent women, highlighting the group’s efforts to attract, retain and develop female talent.
Meitar is one of the largest law firms in Israel. It offers a full-range of corporate and commercial advice, as well as practices covering technology and IP, cybersecurity, fintech, sports law and telecommunications, as well as an East Asia practice. Partner Ignacio Gonzalez Royo has more than 12 years of experience in high tech, TMT, ecommerce, FMCG and sports and entertainment.
Naschitz Brandes Amir & Co. is a large, full-service law firm that has focussed IP and IP-related practices, including entertainment law, high-tech, IT, energy and cleantech, privacy and data protection law, and sports law. The firm does outstanding work with high-tech and startup organizations. Partner Asa Kling heads the firm’s intellectual property practice including litigation and registration prosecution in courts, in arbitrations and before the Israel patents office. Prior to joining the firm, Kling was director of the Israel Patent Office and Commissioner of Patents, Trademarks and Designs from 2011–2017. The firm has offices in Tel Aviv and Haifa.
Full-service law firm Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz is based in Tel Aviv, with additional offices in London, New York and Boston. Partner Nathaniel Agou in Tel Aviv has extensive experience in dispute resolution, with an emphasis on IP litigation. His clients include major technology-based companies, global corporations as well as multinational fashion companies and broadcasting networks. The firm is one of the top filers in the country.
IP boutique Price Plinner Law Offices provides consulting and litigation services in the fields of: copyright, trademarks, patents, patent designs, Internet and computer law, advertising and marketing law, defamation law, privacy protection and other related fields. In addition to advising on traditional IP matters and IP litigation, Eyal Price also represents clients in entertainment-law related matters. Sa’ar Plinner specializes in internet law, communication and advertising law and represents artists, galleries and museums.
IP procurement specialist Reinhold Cohn & Partners has experts in a number of high-tech areas, including AI and machine learning, blockchain, electro-optics, imaging, nanotechnology and semiconductors. The firm has a budding cannabis practice, offering general consultancy in the field and protecting various technologies by way of patents, (industrial) designs, utility models, trademarks, plant breeders’ rights, and others. The firm’s clients active in the cannabis field include prominent players in the medical cannabis industry, investors, plant breeders, manufacturers, research institutions, and entrepreneurs active in the field, both in Israel and abroad. The firm works closely with IP firm Gilat Bareket & Co., which handles contentious IP and licensing work, among others. Together, the firms form the Reinhold Cohn Group.
S. Horowitz & Co. celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. Tal Band is a top-tier IP litigator, and chair of the firm’s IP practice group. The S. Horowitz Institute for IP is part of the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University. It aims to advance IP law by supporting research and the study of the various issues that arise in the practice of intellectual property law. As part of its functions, the institute explores copyright, patents, trademarks and trade secrets, as well as neighbouring rights. The Institute focuses on the public domain and on the proprietary features of IP, and on the tensions between these two concepts.
Salomon, Lipschütz & Co. offers comprehensive advice in commercial, civil and public law, including practice areas in high-tech, IP and antitrust law. Partner Narda Ben-Zvi heads the high-tech and IP departments, and is a partner in the commercial litigation department; her litigation work has set significant precedents with regards to the protection of rights to fonts and other intellectual property issues. The firm will celebrate it 100th anniversary in 2023.
Full-service IP and tech firm Sanford T. Colb & Co. offers advice on anti-counterfeiting efforts, civil and criminal enforcement of IP rights. The firm funds and provides the day-to-day management of a charity farm in Rehovot, south of Tel Aviv, which donates some 4.5 million kilograms of fruits and vegetables every year to needy populations throughout Israel.
The Seligsohn Gabrieli Groupwas established in 1940; today, the group consists of Seligsohn Gabrieli & Co., providing IP and legal services, and Seligsohn Gabrieli Benshafrut, which provides patent and design services. Senior partners Nahum Gabrieli and Ehud Gabrieli are both noted litigators; senior partner Ronnie Benshafrut advises and manages IP matters for a broad range of clients.
Shalev Jencmen & Co. is an IP law firm that focusses on patents, while also offering a wide-range of IP services. Avi Jencmen and Asaf Shalev lead the firm, which advises inventors, technology companies and law firms.
Shibolet & Co. is a full-service law firm based in Tel Aviv, with more than 270 full-time law practitioners. The firm’s practice areas include IP, life sciences and healthcare; cyber, data protection and privacy; high-tech and venture capital; and technology transfer and licensing. Partner Eyal Oren is an accomplished commercial lawyer with extensive experience in high-tech and IP work. The firm will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023.
Founded in 1999, Soroker Agmon Nordman boasts a strong team for comprehensive IP and civil litigation. Partner Eran Soroker in Tel Aviv is a go-to choice for IP matters, while Tel Aviv-based partner Ady Nordman handles corporate, commercial and contract work, as well as M&A matters, all with an eye towards intellectual property. Partner Jonathan Agmon leads the firm’s Singapore office, where is a registered foreign lawyer.
IP boutique Tony Greenman Law Office in Tel Aviv emphasizes work on copyrights, trademarks and designs, entertainment and media law and internet and technology law. Greenman, who leads the firm, is the author of the leading textbook on copyright law in Israel. It has been cited in hundreds of court judgments, including 30 Supreme Court judgments.
With more than 420 lawyers and interns, the recently merged Yigal Arnon – Tadmor Levy is the third-largest law firm in Israel. The firm’s particularly strengths include high-tech, life sciences, sport law, telecom and media and litigation. The firm’s IP practice works closely with a multidisciplinary team, including tax, antitrust and litigation lawyers, to assist in complex cross-border transactions.